Ferrari V8 takes Best Performance Engine accolade for second year running

Published on July 1st, 2012

Ferrari’s 4.5-litre naturally-aspirated V8 engine has won Best Performance Engine for the second year running in the prestigious International Engine of the Year Awards, beating several new contenders with forced induction engines for the title. Ferrari’s thoroughbred dry-sump, flat-crank, 90-degree V8 also took the accolade in the Above 4-litre category for the second time.

The jury for the awards is made up of a panel of motoring journalists from 35 countries who judge each shortlisted engine using their subjective driving impressions and technical knowledge, taking into account characteristics such as fuel economy, smoothness, performance, sound and drivability.

The awards were received by Jean Jacques His, head of Ferrari’s powertrain department, who commented “Winning both these important titles again in the face of such strong rivals is naturally a real honour, but most importantly it is testament to the fact that Ferrari’s expertise in engine design is unmatched, not just in terms of technical excellence, but in terms of real-world driving pleasure.”

The Ferrari 458 Italia continues to attract critical acclaim worldwide, with nearly 40 international awards received in its short career. The engine that helped the 458 Italia establish itself as the benchmark in the sports car category is now also fitted to the 458 Spider which has already been the object of critical acclaim, taking five major international awards immediately after launch.

458 Italia engine technical specifications:

Engine: V8 – 90°, 4499 cc

Bore/stroke: 94×81 mm

Maximum power: 425kW* (570CV*) @ 9000 rpm

Maximum torque: 540Nm (398lbs/ft) @ 6000 rpm

Specific output: 127 CV/litre

Maximum revs per minute: 9000 rpm

Compression ratio: 12.5:1

Maximum speed: >325 km/h/>202 mph

0-100km/h (0-62mph): <3.4s

0-200km/h (0-124mph): 10.4s

0-400m (0-437 yards): 11.3s

0-1000m (0-1093 yards): 20.3s

100-0 km/h (62-0 mph): 32.5 m/106.6ft

Dry weight/power ratio: 2.42 kg/CV/7.16lb/kW

Fuel consumption** (European market version): 11.8 l/100km

CO2 Emission** (European market version): 275g CO2/km

* Including 3.7 kW by ram effect

** ECE+EUDC combined cycle with HELE system

words & pix: Ferrari

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