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Ferrari’s 3.9-litre V8 named best engine of the last 20 years

Written by: Neil

We’re probably not telling you anything new by saying Ferrari creates incredible engines.

The legendary supercar maker has been pumping out earth-shattering automobiles since 1940 and the prancing horse is just as relevant today as it ever was.

That’s because the brand’s 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 has just been voted the best engine of the last 20 years in addition to claiming the title of ‘International Engine of the Year’ for the third year running.

Now in its 20th year, the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards saw Ferrari take no fewer than six awards – the highest number for any manufacturer in a single year and pushing Ferrari’s trophy tally to 27, a record number of wins for any sports car company.

In addition to the overall ‘Engine of the Year’ honour, the 720-cv 3.9-litre V8 that powers the new 488 Pista also won out in the ‘Three to Four-litre’ class, the ‘Performance Engine’ category and the special nomination for the ‘Best of the Best’, which saw the 68 international judges vote for the finest engine from all the winners over the last 20 years.

Topping off Ferrari’s record-breaking year at the awards, the 812 Superfast’s naturally-aspirated 800-cv 6.5-litre V12 also won a pair of gongs: the ‘Above Four-litre’ class and the ‘Best New Engine’ category, due to it being comprehensively re-engineered from the 6.3-litre unit that equipped the F12berlinetta, with 75 per cent being new components.

Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards, hailed the 3.9-litre eight-cylinder unit in the 488 GTB as “a near-perfect example of a high-performance turbocharged engine, setting the bar so high that it swept aside rival powertrains”.

He went on: “But redeveloped and tweaked for the 488 Pista, the best engine in the world just got better.

“Without doubt, we’re looking at an engineering masterclass from Ferrari. No turbo lag, beautiful delivery, raw emotion, a furious growl and so much power – this Ferrari V8 is a work of art.”

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “Praise doesn’t get much higher than that and it’s much deserved.”

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