International Engine of the Year 2019 – Ferrari for four

Ferrari has again taken the International Engine of the Year award with its F154 CB/CD, making it four titles in a row for the 3.9 litre twin-turbo V8. The 2019 gong makes it the engine with the most IEOTY wins in the awards’ 21 year history – it previously shared the triple crown honour with Ford’s 1.0 litre EcoBoost, the 2012-2014 winner.

The Ferrari mill, as seen on the 488 GTB and 488 Spider in CB guise and on the 488 Pista and F8 Tributo in CD form, amassed 425 points to finish comfortably ahead of Jaguar Land Rover’s full-electric powertrain (328 points) from the award-winning I-Pace and Mercedes-AMG’s M178 4.0 litre V8 (280 points).

The Italian engine also won the Best Performance Engine and the Above 650 PS category awards, essentially mirroring the three titles it managed last year. This year’s awards saw revisions to the competing categories – previously, these were grouped under displacement or capacity (Sub 1-Litre, 1-Litre to 1.4-Litre), but the classes have now been altered to reflect output, with 12 categories in all being contested.

In the Sub 150 PS category, the Ford 1.0 litre EcoBoost emerged as champion ahead of BMW’s 1.5 litre B38 three-cylinder turbo and PSA Peugeot Citroen’s 1.2 litre three-pot turbo. In the 150 PS to 250 PS segment, Audi secured top spot with its 2.0 litre TFSI, which is seen on a variety of applications across the VW Group brands.

The winner in the 250 PS to 350 PS category was Porsche’s 2.5 litre turbo unit as seen on the 718 Boxster S and Cayman S, while the 350 PS to 450 PS winner was the JLR full-electric powertrain, which also ended up taking the Best New Engine and Best Electric Powertrain awards.

The Mercedes-AMG M178 secured the title in the 450 PS to 550 PS class ahead of rival offerings from Porsche and BMW, and in the 550 PS to 650 PS segment Ferrari took another award, this time with another variation of its F154, the BB as seen on the Portofino and GTC4Lusso T.

Finally, the Best Hybrid Powertrain award went to the system found on the BMW i8, where the B38 1.5 litre three-pot again features, but in its K15 guise.

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