488 GTB's V8 becomes one of only four engines to have won back-to-back titles. Picture: Ferrari

Stuttgart, Germany – Ferrari’s 3.9-litre biturbo V8 has been crowned as overall winner of the International Engine of the Year award for the second consecutive year.

At the awards ceremony on Wednesday at the 2017 Stuttgart Engine Expo, the 488 GTB powerplant – rated for 492kW at 8000 revs and 760Nm at 3000rpm – became one of only four engines in the 19 year history of the awards to have won back-to-back titles.

The panel of 58 automotive journalists, representing 31 countries (including South African Nicol Louw of Car Magazine), awarded it a resounding 251 points, 35 points ahead of the second placed three-litre Porsche 911 Carrera flat-six turbo – and it also won Performance Engine of the Year as well as the 3 to 4-litre category.

Ferrari also achieved a second consecutive class win – and its third since 2013 – in the biggest, over-four litre category, for the naturally aspirated 6.3-litre F12Berlinetta V12, but even that ‘double double’ pales besides Ford’s phenomenal 999cc three-cylinder Ecoboost, which won the smallest, sub-one litre category for a sixth consecutive year.

Honda was back with a bang after not even making the shortlist for 11 years, winning the tough New Engine of the Year contest with the 3.5-litre V6 biturbo hybrid of its NSX supercar, and Tesla won two categories – Green Engine and the new-this-year Pure Electric segment – with the same Model S powerplant.

BMW’s i8 hybrid powertrain couldn’t match the Tesla in the Green Engine category, but the three-cylinder 1.5 that forms the petrol half of the i8 equation scooped the 1.4 to 1.8-litre segment, while PSA Peugeot Citroen’s 1.2-litre turbopetrol three came out on top of the 1 to 1.4-litre category for the third time.

TOP THREE IN EACH CATEGORY

International Engine of the Year
Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8 488 GTB
Porsche 3-litre flat-six turbo 911 Carrera  
BMW 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid i8
Over four litres
Ferrari 6.3-litre V12 F12Berlinetta
Audi 5.2-litre V10 Audi R8, Lamborghini Huracan
Lamborghini 6.5-litre V12 Aventador
3-4 litres
Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8 488 GTB
AMG 4-litre biturbo V8 Mercedes-AMG GT 
Porsche 4-litre flat-six 911 GT3 RS
2.5-3 litres
Porsche 3-litre flat-six turbo 911 Carrera
BMW M 3-litre biturbo straight-six M3, M4
Fiat Chrysler 2.9-litre biturbo V6 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
2-2.5 litres
Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo RS3, TT RS
Porsche 2.5-litre flat-four turbo 718 Boxster S, 718 Cayman S
Ford 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo Focus RS
1.8-2 litres
Porsche 2-litre flat-four turbo 718 Boxster, 718 Cayman
AMG 2-litre four-cylinder turbo Mercedes A45 AMG
Audi 2-litre four-cylinder TFSI TT S
1.4-1.8 litres
BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder i8
BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo 1 Series, Mini Cooper
Audi 1.8-litre four-cylinder TFSI A3, Volkswagen Golf
1-1.4 litres
PSA Peugeot Citroen 1.2-litre three Peugeot 208, Citroen C3
BMW 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo Mini One
VW 1.4-litre four-cylinder TFSI ACT Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3
Less than 1 litre
Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo Fiesta, Focus EcoSport
VW 999cc three-cylinder turbo Volkswagen Golf, Audi A1
BMW 647cc two-cylinder extender i3
Performance Engine 
Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8 488 GTB
Porsche 4-litre flat-six GT3 RS
AMG 4-litre biturbo V8 Mercedes-AMG GT 
New Engine 
Honda 3.5-litre V6 hybrid NSX
Mercedes two-litre turbodiesel four Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Fiat Chrysler 2.9-litre biturbo V6 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Green Engine 
Tesla pure electric powertrain Model S
BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder i8
GM pure electric powertrain Chevrolet Bolt
Pure Electric Powertrain
Tesla pure electric powertrain Model S
BMW pure electric powertrain i3
GM pure electric powertrain Chevrolet Bolt

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