For the seventh time in the International Engine Of The Year award’s 15 year history, BMW has won top prize of International Engine Of The Year.
The awards are an important accolade for manufacturers, with hundreds of millions of dollars in research and development creating strong competition. As a sign of the times, the vast majority of category winners were turbocharged, though Ferrari was a screaming exception.
For the last three years, Ford has dominated the award, taking first place with its 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo EcoBoost engine, found locally in the Fiesta and EcoSport.
While BMW’s past winners have been six-, eight- and ten-cylinder brutes, this year BMW’s own triple sees them join a growing trend that is awarding small-displacement innovation.
The winning BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-gasoline hybrid engine is the culprit responsible for propelling the German marque’s i8 hybrid supercar.
The engine scored 274 points overall, edging out Ford’s EcoBoost on 267 points and PSA Peugeot Citroen’s 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo on 222 points.
Those with a taste for displacement needn’t fret; Ferrari was edged off the podium by a solitary point for its marvellous nat-atmo 4.5-litre V8 creation.
Ferrari’s 4.5-litre V8, found in the 458 Italia and 458 Speciale, was also first pick for Performance Engine of the year with 236 points, a healthy lead over the Mercedes-AMG’s 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 (148 points) and Porsche’s 3.8-litre boxer six engine (129 points).
In the 2.0-litre and higher classes, performance engines shined, with wins to Mercedes-AMG, Audi, BMW and McLaren.
Mercedes-AMG’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo won the 1.8-Litre to 2.0-Litre class with 298 points, ahead of the Audi 2.0-litre four-cylinder TFSI (226 points) and BMW 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel (150 points).
Audi’s 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo won the 2.0-Litre to 2.5-Litre class with 347 points, ahead of Mazda’s 2.2-litre diesel (184 points) and third placed Ford 2.3-litre turbo (152 points).
Moving into six-cylinder territory, BMW’s M 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder won the 2.5-Litre to 3.0-litre class with 246 points, ahead of its non-M 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder (178 points) and Porsche’s 2.7-litre six-cylinder boxer (158 points).
The 3.0-Litre to 4.0-Litre class was a closer affair, with McLaren’s 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 winning on 258 points, followed by Mercedes-AMG’s 4.0-litre bi-turbocharged V8 (239 points) and Porsche’s 3.8-litre six-cylinder boxer (214 points).
In the Above 4.0-litre class, Ferrari’s 4.5-litre V8 found another win with 295 points, ahead of its second placed sibling the Ferrari 6.3-litre V12 (222 points), and third placed Mercedes-AMG 5.5-litre V8 turbo (140 points).
Tesla also had a win, with their full-electric powertrain taking out top spot for the Green Engine class.