With four class victories in the 2011International Engine of the Year Award, the BMW Group repeated last year’s success, while strengthening its position as the most successful manufacturer in the competition.
Four, six and eight-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines prevailed in their respective displacement classes. The award-winning engines are featured in a number of current models of the BMW and MINI brands.
In addition to the V8 power unit in the BMW M3, and the straight six-cylinder Twin Turbo engine, the four-cylinder Twin Turbo diesel and the new four-cylinder unit in the Mini Cooper S also received an Engine of the Year award. The success in four of the eight capacity classes underscores the BMW Group’s expertise in engine development. Thanks to Efficient Dynamics, there is a choice of exceptionally powerful and remarkably efficient engines available for all models of the BMW and Mini brands.
Since 1999, the company has claimed more than 50 class and overall victories in the “Engine of the Year Award” competition. Commendation for the awards is decided by an international jury, which consisted this year of 65 journalists from 32 countries. In the capacity class 1.4 to 1.8 liters, an award went to the engine featured in the new Mini Cooper S. The 1.6-liters four-cylinder engine is equipped with a Twin Scroll turbocharger, direct petrol injection as well as variable-valve control based on the BMW-patented VALVETRONIC system. This makes the 184hp engine the world’s most efficient power unit of its type and size.
The second victory in succession went to the four-cylinder diesel engine with TwinPower Turbo technology. Like last year, the 204hp 2-liter power unit featured in the BMW 123d and the BMW X1 xDrive23d was also successful in the engine category 1.8 to 2 liters.
A BMW engine was able to repeat last year’s victory in the capacity class 2.5 to 3 liters as well. The jury once again voted for the 3-liter, 306hp straight six-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which is also featured in the new BMW 5 Series, the new BMW X3 as well as in a 320hp version of the new BMW 6 Series Convertible and the new BMW 6 Series Coupé. Its unique technology package comprising a Twin Scroll turbocharger, direct injection technology High Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC valve control ensures good power delivery and fuel consumption.
The only naturally aspirated engine among the four award-winners is responsible for the most impressive series of victories. For the fourth time in succession, the V8 featured in the BMW M3 was triumphant in the 3 to 4-liter capacity class. The 414hp, 4-liter engine won over the jury yet again with its exceptional pulling power generated by the high-revving power unit.