The results of the eighth International Engine of the Year Awards will be announced on 10 May 2006 at Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany - and last year’s champion, BMW, is hoping that its current crop of engines can fend off stiff competition from a number of bold new powerplants.
After dominating last year’s Awards with a record six of the 12 trophies, including the overall International Engine of the Year 2005 title for the M5 V10, BMW will go head-to-head with the likes of Mercedes-AMG’s new 6.2-litre 510bhp powerhouse, Chevrolet’s 7-litre and Aston Martin’s 4.3-litre V8 that mixes brawn with refinement.
And it’s not just powerful engines that could sway the jury’s vote: Toyota has launched another eco-friendly hybrid in the shape of the Lexus 3.5-litre V6 Hybrid, while Renault has a host of new, fuel-efficient diesel motors. Then there’s VW Group’s supercar-inspired V10, its refined V8 diesel and a smart 1.4-litre that not only saves fuel but also packs a punch thanks to its use of both a turbocharger and supercharger.
The results of the International Engine of the Year Awards 2006 will be decided by a panel of 61 renowned automotive journalists from 29 countries, all of whom have extensive knowledge and experience of today’s modern car engines.
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