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BMW wins International Engine of the Year 2005

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Text: / Photos: | posted June 07, 2005 00:00

BMW has established three new records while scooping top honors in the International Engine of the Year awards with the 5.0-liter V10 unit from the new M5.

The 507bhp powerplant of the BMW M5 and forthcoming M6 Coupé won the overall Engine of the Year award for 2005, with a panel of judges from around the world praising the engine's flexibility, high revving nature (the engine can rev to 8,250rpm) and sublime power. The 4,999cc unit was a clear winner of the overall title with the V10 engine's stiffest competition coming from the 3.0-liter twin-turbo diesel engine that powers the BMW 535d. That engine took second place overall.

BMW is the only manufacturer to have ever been awarded a total of six category wins in a single year and its overall tally of 26 awards now means the company has achieved more first place trophies than any other engine manufacturer in the history of the competition. The 3.2-liter engine from the BMW M3 took top honors in its category for the fifth time in succession, another record for the Engine of the Year awards.

"Winning overall honors in the Engine of the Year awards is a huge achievement and one which rewards our engineers' capabilities and enthusiasm. By making a product that has variable peak power outputs and low down torque combined with high revving characteristics, the M5 driver has at their disposal one of the most powerful yet flexible production engines in the world," said Bernhard Gobmeier, Head of Product and Processing at M GmbH.

In addition to winning the overall title the 5.0-liter V10 engine also achieved several class victories. It won the best engine in the 4.0-liter and over category, eclipsing powerplants from the Ferrari F430 and VW Touareg and Phaeton, and the prize for best new engine for 2005. The final accolade for the V10 unit was to be crowned best performance engine, beating powerplants from Ferrari and Mercedes.

BMW's record awards haul in full:

International Engine of the Year Award 2005
1 BMW 5.0-liter V10
2 BMW 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six diesel
3 Toyota 1.5-liter hybrid

Best New Engine Award 2005
1 BMW 5.0-liter V10
2 Ferrari 4.3-liter V8
3 Toyota 3.3-liter hybrid

Best Engine Above 4.0-liter Award 2005
1 BMW 5.0-liter V10
2 Ferrari 4.3-liter V8
3 VW 5.0-liter V10 diesel

Best Performance Engine Award 2005
1 BMW 5.0-liter V10
2 Ferrari 4.3-liter V8
3 Mercedes AMG 6.0-liter twin-turbo

Best Engine 2.5-liter to 3-liter Award 2005
1 BMW 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six diesel
2 Honda 3.0-liter hybrid
3 BMW 3.0-liter straight-six

Best Engine 3.0-liter to 4.0-liter Award 2005
1 BMW 3.2-liter straight-six
2 Porsche 3.8-liter
3 Toyota 3.3-liter hybrid