BMW has won four class victories in the "International Engine of the Year Award" 2011 competition. Four, six and eight cylinder petrol and diesel engines prevailed in their respective displacement classes. The winning engines features in current models of both BMW and MINI models.
Alongside the V8 power unit of the BMW M3 and the straight six-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the four-cylinder diesel with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and the new four cylinder power unit of the MINI Cooper S also received an Engine of the Year award.
Since 1999, BMW has claimed over fifty class and overall victories in the "Engine of the Year Awards". 65 car journalists from 32 countries make up the international jury.
The new MINI Cooper S 184bhp 1.6 litre four cylinder engine, with Twin Scroll turbocharger, direct petrol injection and variable valve control won the 14 to 1.8 capacity class award, taking over from the predecessor engine used in the MINI Cooper S, which won the award four times in a row.
The low emissions and low fuel consumption figures of the 204bhp 2.0 litre diesel unit featured in the BMW 123d and BMW X1 XDrive23d won the 1.8 to 2 litre category, for the second year in succession.
Also for the second year in succession, the 3-litre, 225 kW/306 bhp straight six-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, as featured in the new BMW 5 Series, the new BMW X3 as well as in a 235 kW/320 bhp version of the new BMW 6 Series Convertible and the new BMW 6 Series Coupe went home with the award in the 2.5 to 3 litre capacity class.
The V8 power unit, which features in the BMW M3 Coupe, saloon and convertible, producing 420bhp, won the 3 to 4 litre capacity class for the fourth year in a row. Features of the engine include Auto Start Stop, brake energy regeneration and Efficient Dynamics technologies.Published 19 May 2011