Brilliance BL18TBorgWarner has announced the winners of the 2007 China Heart awards – an annual event which picks China’s top 10 engines.

The 2007 China Heart awards are selected by an independant evaluation committee comprising of 14 members from research agencies, universities, and media. An engine must be manufactured in China, equipped for vehicles made in China, and in mass production in China for the current year to quality for the awards. 59 engines by 34 OEMs and engine manufacturers were rated based on performance, technology, market performance, and environmental-friendliness. The winners are:

  • Mazda 6 2.3L engine from FAW Car Company
  • Audi 3.2L FSI engine from FAW-VW
  • BMW 3.0L engine from Brilliance BMW
  • Roewe 2.5L engine from Shanghai Motor Company
  • Buick 2.4L engine from Shanghai General Motors
  • Magotan & Skoda 1.8 TSI engine from FAW-VW
  • Zun Chi 1.8T engine from Brilliance Auto
  • Corolla 1.8L engine from FAW-Toyota
  • Brilliance Jun Jie 1.8L engine from Dong’an Engine Company
  • SX 4 1.6L engine from Chang’an Suzuki

It would be interesting to note that the only actual Chinese engine there is Brilliance Auto’s Zun Chi 1.8T engine. The rest are all global engines in global cars, perhaps with minor localization for the Chinese market.

Some of you who have been following my blog for more of the year should be able to remember the Brilliance Zun Chi – it was featured back in April 2006 but I spelled the name “Junjie” instead of Zun Chi. Its a rather decent looking car, and this particular engine that won the top 10 award powers the top of the range variant of the car.

The engine is codenamed the BL18T, and it is a turbocharged 1.8 litre engine making 167 horsepower at 5,500rpm and 235Nm of torque constantly from 2,000rpm to 4,500rpm. It has a bore and stroke of 81x87mm.

Quite a decent effort from a Chinese car manufacturer, isn’t it? The Brilliance Zun Chi/Junjie itself is not too bad looking – you can view it by clicking the link below.

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