Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: BMW | posted June 18, 2015 11:12
BMW i8's B38 hybrid powertrain wins the 2015 International Engine of The Year
The 1.5-liter TwinPowerTurbo inline-three hybrid engine powering the BMW i8 has just won the 2015 International Engine of The Year, breaking the 3-year streak of Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost.
With twin-scroll turbo aspiration and the help of an electric motor, the 1.5-liter hybrid powertrain produces a combined output of 362 PS while also achieving significant fuel economy as it only averages 47.6 km/l as claimed by BMW.
In addition, the B38K15T0 hybrid powerplant also won under the New Engine category, beating the Mercedes-AMG 4.0-liter tbiturbo V8 and Ferrari's 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8.
The German automaker also garnered victory under the 2.5-3.0-liter division with the F82 twin-turbo inline-six that drives both the current generation M3 and the new M4. Also benefitting from BMW's TwinPowerTurbo induction, the six-cylinder engine delivers 431 PS and 550 Nm of torque to the rear wheels.
With multiple awards in hand, BMW states that these accolades further furnish the performance potential of the Efficient Dynamics technology package, which provides driving pleasure while also reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
Even though Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost was dethroned, it still won under the Sub 1-liter category. PSA Peugeot Citroen's 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbo engine was the winner in the 1.0 - 1.4 division while Mercedes-AMG's 2.0-liter turbo unit won in the 1.8 - 2.0 class.
Winners of the 2.0 - 2.5 and 3.0 - 4.0 liter categories are Audi's 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine and McLaren's twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8. Topping the 4.0-liter and above category is Ferrari's 4.5-liter V8 that powers the 458 Italia.
Tesla's all-electric powertrain garnered victory in the Green Engine class while Ferrari was also able to win the Performance division with the 458 Italia powerplant.