THE BEST ENGINES IN THE WORLD
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Published on Sat, May 21, 2011
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
Fiat’s diminutive 875cc, two-cylinder is judged to be world’s finest engine Ferrari contributes to the Italian domination: Fiat and Ferrari take home 6 of the 12 Awards HOT WIRE—The results of the 2011 International Engine of the Year Awards have today been announced at Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany. The global jury voted Fiat’s innovative and diminutive 875cc two-cylinder TwinAir the greatest automotive engine available today. The tiny turbocharged engine impressed judges with its low emissions, high fuel economy and power of 85bhp. The unit can be found powering European versions of Fiat’s ‘500’ model. Dean Slavnich, editor of Engine Technology International and co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards, says: “Fiat has now produced one of the all-time great engines. Who would have thought that a two-cylinder unit could have won the International Engine of the Year title when we launched the Awards in 1999? Its triumph is a clear signal that less is more: people want low-emission, fuel-efficient yet powerful engines, and just two cylinders certainly seems to provide a comprehensive solution.” The TwinAir engine not only managed to scoop the overall International Engine of the Year title, but it was also victorious in the Best New Engine, Best Sub 1-litre, and Best Green Engine categories, beating zero-emission pure electric vehicle engines from Nissan and Mitsubishi in the latter category. Joining Fiat in its success was compatriot and stablemate Ferrari, the judges finding it hard not to be impressed by the Italian car maker's mighty new 570bhp, 4.5-litre V8 engine as featured in the 458 Italia. This wonderful and potent powerplant scooped both ‘Best Performance Engine’ and ‘Above 4-litre’ category trophies. But it was not just the Italian manufacturers who tasted success: BMW is always dominant in the Awards and 2011 has been no exception. The German marque bagged four category wins, including the ‘3-litre to 4-litre’ category for its 4-litre V8 found in the M3; the ‘2.5-litre to 3-litre’ category for its 3-litre DI Twin Turbo fitted across much of its range; the ‘1.8-litre to 2-litre’ category for its 2-litre Twin Turbo diesel engine found in the 123d and X1; and the ‘1.4-litre to 1.8-litre’ category for its 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine co-developed with PSA Peugeot Citroën, which also scooped the same Award. Meanwhile, Volkswagen’s 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger engine, which won the overall International Engine of the Year title in both 2009 and 2010, once again defended its crown in the ‘1-litre to 1.4-litre’ category. The 13th International Engine of the Year Awards were presented at Engine Expo 2011 in Stuttgart, Germany on 18 May. The event, one of the annual highlights of the automotive industry calendar, saw a total of 12 Awards given to those manufacturers that have been judged to have achieved excellence in powertrain engineering. For further information on the Awards, and to see all the category nominees and winners, please visit: ukipme.com/engineoftheyear Photos of the winning engines/vehicles and the Awards logos are also available at: ukipme.com/engineoftheyear The category winners: Best New Engine 2011 Fiat 875cc two-cylinder (Fiat 500 (85bhp)) Best Green Engine 2011 Fiat 875cc two-cylinder (Fiat 500 (85bhp)) Best Performance Engine 2011 Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 (458 Italia 570bhp) Above 4-liter Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 (458 Italia 570bhp) 3-liter to 4-liter BMW 4-liter V8 (M3 420bhp) 2.5-liter to 3-liter BMW 3-liter DI Twin Turbo (135i, 1 M Coupe, 335i, 535i, X3 35i, X5 35i, X6 35i, Z4 (306bhp, 340bhp), 640i (320bhp), 740i (326bhp)) 2-liter to 2.5-liter Audi 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo (Audi TT RS, RS3 340bhp)) 1.8-liter to 2-liter BMW Diesel 2-liter Twin Turbo (123d, X1 (204bhp)) 1.4-liter to 1.8-liter BMW 1.6-liter four-cylinder Turbo (Mini Cooper S, Clubman Cooper S, Countryman Cooper S (184bhp), Mini Works, Clubman Works (211bhp)) 1-liter to 1.4-liter Volkswagen 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger (VW Polo 180bhp), Golf, Scirocco, Eos, Jetta, Tiguan, Skoda Fabia RS (180bhp), Touran (140, 170bhp), Seat Ibiza/Cupra (150bhp, 180bhp), Alhambra (150bhp), Audi A1 (185bhp)) Sub 1-liter Fiat 875cc two-cylinder (Fiat 500 (85bhp))