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Trevor Collett | Jun 24, 2017

The International Engine Of The Year has been determined for 2017, with Ferrari making it back-to-back crowns for the world’s best donk.

Like the 2016 result, the judges determined that the prancing horse’s 3.9 litre bi-turbo V8 petrol engine was better than all others with a score of 251 points.

The winning engine powers Ferrari’s 488 GTB and 488 Spider models.

An overall win naturally ensured Ferrari also claimed the awards for Best Performance Engine of 2017 and Best Engine 3.0-4.0 Litres.

Engine Of The Year
Engine Of The Year

Second overall was the 3.0 litre six-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit used by Porsche to power 911 variants - 35 points behind the Ferrari engine.

Likewise, Porsche’s second-place effort ensured it won Best Engine 2.5-3.0 Litres (310 points), a mile ahead of the BMW 3.0 litre twin-turbo ‘six’ (135 points) used to power the M3 and M4.

In the full-electric division, Tesla’s Model S and Model X motor beat BMW’s i3 motor by 113 points, and Tesla also won Best Green Engine.

BMW’s other i car, the i8, effectively won Best Engine 1.4-1.8 Litres alone (and third overall) with its 1.5 litre three-cylinder petrol-electric hybrid. BMW also claimed second in this class with its ‘standard’ 1.5 litre three-pot turbo which powers 1, 2 and 3 Series models along with numerous MINIs.

Other class winners by capacity:

  • Ferrari 6.3 litre V12 - Above 4.0 Litres
  • Audi 2.5 litre five-cylinder turbo - 2.0-2.5 Litres
  • Porsche 2.0 litre turbo - 1.8-2.0 Litres
  • PSA Peugeot Citroen 1.2 litre three-cylinder turbo - 1.0-1.4 Litres
  • Ford EcoBoost 999cc three-cylinder turbo - Under 1.0 Litre

Honda’s 3.5 litre V6 petrol-electric hybrid from the NSX supercar won Best New Engine.

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