Twin-turbo triumph at 'Engine Oscars'
BMW's 3-liter twin turbo has today been crowned International Engine of the Year 2007 at the ninth annual International Engine of the Year Awards, which were presented at Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany.
BMW won additional International Engine of the Year Awards for its
2.5-liter inline six and 5-liter V10, but the Munich manufacturer was most delighted with the success of the 3-liter twin turbo, which also dominated
the Best New Engine of 2007 category. Peter Langen, BMW's director of powertrain, commented: "This is a tremendous achievement and important recognition of the lengths our engineers have gone to in order to ensure the success of our turbocharged petrol engines. We are proud to once again be honored as the manufacturer of the International Engine of the Year."
Elsewhere in the prestigious Awards, which are independently judged by 62 motoring journalists from 30 countries, Volkswagen's 1.4-liter turbocharged and supercharged TSI unit triumphed for a second year in the 1-liter to
1.4-liter class, with its larger sibling, the 2-liter turbo developed by Audi
and housed in the Golf GTi and Audi A3, topping the 1.8-liter to 2-liter category. Toyota meanwhile saw its 1.5-liter hybrid that powers the Prius named Best Fuel Economy engine and its 1-liter 3-cylinder from the Aygo and Yaris take the honors in the Sub 1-liter category.
Some of the loudest cheers were for Porsche, who finally won an International Engine of the Year Award trophy. Its 3.6-liter turbo engine in the 911 Turbo was voted the best 3-liter to 4-liter engine in production today.