BMW has once again taken home the silverware at the 2008 International Engine of the Year Awards. BMW?s 3-litre twin-turbo petrol engine as found in the 135i and 335i was the 2007 winner and has now chalked up top spot in the 2008 awards - a feat last achieved by BMW?s V10 in 2005 and 2006. By now it has to be reasonable to assume that BMW make a good motor?
The awards are presided over by 65 renowned motoring journalists from 32 countries who use their impressions from driving today's latest cars to help them find the engines that offer the best driveability, performance, economy, and refinement. Judges also reward manufacturers for the successful application of advanced engine technology.
BMW?s turbo-charged six scored an impressive 380 points enough to see it nearly 100 points ahead of Volkswagen?s unique twin-charger 1.4-litre TSI engine which came in at second place.
The judges were impressed by the sheer performance offered by the BMW six as well as the use of BMW?s high-precision direct-injection system which provides performance and efficiency gains. The use of such a system enables a higher compression ratio (10.2:1) for better fuel economy as well as a more efficient method of combustion chamber cooling.
The judges waxed lyrical about BMW?s magical 3.0-litre turbo mill;
?gorgeous engine that has the ability to make a 1-Series or 3-Series feel like an old M3, with much more fluidity and fuel efficiency,? Auto?s Lorenzo Facchinetti
?There is something simply magical about BMW?s in-line six. It has a creamy smoothness that makes velvet feel like sandpaper,? said Hormazd Sorabjee, editor and publisher of Autocar India
The judges also vote on the best engine in various capacity ranges with a predominance of turbocharged engines showing up in this year?s winners circle. Turbocharging is providing modern engines with a combination of performance, efficiency and driveability, characteristics that the judges have found particularly appealing with one notable absence ? the VR38DETT from the R35 GT-R?
Engine of the Year Award results
1. BMW 3-litre Twin Turbo (135, 335, X6) ? 380 points
2. Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (VW Golf, Touran, Tiguan, Jetta) - 287 points
3. Volkswagen/Audi 2-litre 4-cylinder Turbo FSI (A3, A4 Cabrio, A6, TT, Eos, Jetta, Skoda Octavia, Seat Altea, Le?n, Golf GTi) ? 270 points
4. BMW 4-litre V8 (M3) ? 241 points
5. BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6) - 151 points
6. BMW-PSA 1.6-litre Turbo (MINI Cooper S, Clubman, Peugeot 207, 308) - 149 points
7. Subaru 2.5-litre flat four Turbo (Forester, Impreza, Outback, Legacy) - 78 points
8. Toyota 1-litre 3-cylinder (Aygo,Yaris/Echo/Vitz, Citro?n C1, Peugeot 107, Subaru Justy) - 69 points
Engine of the Year Awards category winners
Above 4.0-litre ? BMW 5.0-litre V10
3.0-litre ? 4.0-litre ? BMW 4.0-litre V8
2.5-litre ? 3.0-litre - BMW 3.0-litre twin-turbo
2.0-litre ? 2.5-litre ? Subaru 2.5-litre turbo
1.8-litre ? 2.0-litre ? Volkswagen/Audi 2.0-litre FSI Turbo
1.4-litre ? 1.8-litre ? BMW-PSA 1.6-litre turbo
1.0-litre ? 1.4-litre ? Volkswagen 1.4-litre Twincharger
Below 1.0-litre ? Toyota 1.0-litre three-cylinder