The Ferrari 488 GTB/Spider along with the California T are one of the best cars in their segments and one of the main reasons for that is their engines. The 3902cc twin-turbo V8 has buyers, journalists and judges totally smitten and as a result it was no surprise that the engine bagged the 2017 International Engine of the Year award.
This is only the second time in the history of the IEOTYA that such a powerful performance engine has taken the overall honors two years consecutively and won the most coveted, outright IEOTYA title. According to the judges, the eight-cylinder sets a new benchmark for turbo-charged engines, and praised it for its lack of turbo lag and progressive delivery of torque and horsepower across the rev range.
The 3.9-liter was actually the recipient of multiple awards, taking not only the overall award, but also winning the 3.0-liter to 4.0-liter category and the performance engine category. Ferrari’s 6.3-liter V12 was also recognized by the Engine of the Year jury, with the engine receiving top honors in the ‘Above 4-liter’ category.