The 458 Italia’s V8 voted Best Performance Engine and Best Engine Above 4-litres of the year

Stuttgart, 18 May – The 4499 cc V8 engine powering the Ferrari 458 Italia has won two categories in the prestigious 2011 International Engine of the Year Awards, taking the accolade of Best Performance Engine as well as winning the Above 4-litre category. The jury for the awards is made up of 76 motoring journalists from 36 countries who assess engineering excellence in engines in terms of driveability, performance, economy and refinement. In assigning the awards the jury also praised the 458 Italia’s engine for its unmistakable sound. The awards were received by Jean Jacques His, head of Ferrari powertrain department.

Ferrari’s dry-sump, flat-crank, 90-degree V8 sets a number of firsts for a naturally-aspirated engine of this displacement. Representing the peak of engine technology, the V8 reaches a maximum of 9,000 rpm – a first on a road car – with a high 12.5:1 compression ratio and maximum power output of 570 CV. This equates to an outstanding power output of 127 CV/litre, a new benchmark.

The generous torque available – 540 Nm at 6000 rpm, with over 80 per cent available from 3250 rpm – ensures rapid pick-up from all revs. The specific torque output of 120 Nm/l is another record.

The design of the engine components has been influenced by the carry-over of racing technology – F1 in particular – for maximum fluid-dynamic efficiency in order to achieve both performance and fuel consumption objectives, and meet the most stringent international emissions restrictions. With the introduction of the HELE (High Emotions Low Emissions) system, the 570 CV V8 now produces a best-in-class 275 g/km of C02 with fuel consumption of just 11.8 l/100 km (ECE + EUDC combined cycle).

458 Italia engine technical specifications




V8 – 90°

Total displacement


4499 cc/274.5 cu in



94×81 mm/3.7×3.2 in

Maximum power


425kW* (570CV*) @ 9000 rpm

Maximum torque


540Nm (398lbs/ft) @ 6000 rpm

Specific output


127 CV/litre / 1.55 kW/cu in

Maximum revs per minute


9000 rpm

Compression ratio




Maximum speed


>325 km/h/>202 mph

0-100km/h (0-62mph)



0-200km/h (0-124mph)



0-400m (0-437 yards)



0-1000m (0-1093 yards)



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 and CO2 emissions

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