The mere virtue of being in a Ferrari, let alone more than one, would land any family of engines ceaseless praise. The F136 was additionally in Maseratis like the GranTurismo, where it sported a displacement of 4.7 liters and 454 horsepower. In fact, the first-ever appearance of the F136 line was in the 2002 model year Maserati Coupe. In that car, it made 390 horsepower. It was no slouch in any application.
The F136, specifically, the 4.5-liter variant used in the 458 Italia, has itself received a number of internationally recognized awards. In UKi Media’s International Engine and Powertrain of the Year contest, the F136 won Best Performance Engine of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015.
Even without winning awards, the engine deserves its own place in the halls of automotive history. It was in production for well over a decade in some of Italy’s finest cars to ever hit the pavement, and the engine got significantly bigger and more powerful with just about every iteration without a single hiccup. It’s not only a testament to the engine’s versatility (as long as it’s a six-figure Italian sports car) but also to Ferrari and Maserati’s engineering skills.