The results for the 2009 International Engine of the Year Awards have been released, and the grand overall winner is the 1.4 litre TSI Twincharger engine from Volkswagen, ending for the first time in 4 years BMW’s dominance over the awards.

Quite interestingly out of the 8 entries for the title, 6 and a half are German engines, with the remaining one being the 1.0 litre in the Aygo and the “half” being PSA’s share in the BMW Prince engine, which managed 7th place with 107 points. Check out the videos in this post which talk about the winning engines.

Continue reading after the jump for the full story.

1. Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (VW Golf, Golf Variant, Scirocco, Eos, Jetta, Touran, Tiguan, Seat Ibiza Cupra) 354
2. BMW 3-litre DI Twin Turbo (135, 335, X6, Z4, 730) 350
3. Audi 2-litre TFSI (Audi A4, A5, Q5, VW Scirocco, Golf GTI) 220
4. Mercedes-Benz Diesel 2.1-litre (BlueEfficiency C-Class, BlueEfficiency E-Class) 203
5. BMW 4-litre V8 (M3) 203
6. Mercedes-AMG 6.2-litre (CLK, S, SL, CL, CLS, ML) 114
7. BMW-PSA 1.6-litre Turbo (Mini Cooper S, Clubman, Peugeot 207 308, Mini John Cooper Works) 107
8. Toyota 1-litre (Aygo, IQ, Yaris/Vitz, Citroën C1, Peugeot 107, Subaru Justy) 74

The 1.4 litre TSI engine also won the Green Engine of the Year award, and the displacement-based 1.0 to 1.4 litre Engine award.

The following are the rest of the results:

Best New Engine of the Year

The best new engine of the year is the new Porsche flat-6, which gets the direct fuel injection system previously offered on the Cayenne SUV. The advanced engine also features Variocam Plus variable valve timing, hydraulic valve play compensation, and integrated dry sump lubrication with an on demand oil pump, and it has its compression increased to 12.5:1 thanks to the new flexibility in combustion management that direct injection provides.

1. Porsche 3.8-litre flat six DI (911) 144
2. BMW diesel 3-litre (330d, 730d, 530d, X3, X5) 122
3. BMW 4.4-litre DI Turbo (750i, X6) 120
4. Jaguar 5-litre V8 Supercharged (XF, XK) 112
5. Mercedes-Benz diesel 2.1-litre (BlueEfficiency C-Class, BlueEfficiency E-Class) 107
6. Audi 2-litre four-cylinder TFSI (Audi A4, A5, Q7, VW Scirocco, Golf GTI) 107

Green Engine Of The Year

Pretty much every alternative for the regular normally aspirated combustion engine has representatives in this list, but it was a downsized displacement turbocharged gasoline engine that took the lead, beating the IMA Hybrid from the Civic and Insight by only 2 points. Diesel engines from Mercedes-Benz and BMW are also on the list, along with a Ford hybrid engine that’s last place with a large gap of over 30 points before the 2.1 litre OM651 in 5th place. As you already know, the 1.4 litre TSI that wins in this category also won engine of the year.

1. Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (VW Golf, Golf Variant, Scirocco, Eos, Jetta, Touran, Tiguan, Seat Ibiza Cupra) 205
2. Honda Hybrid 1.3-litre (Insight Civic) 203
3. BMW Diesel 2-litre Twin Turbo (123d) 147
4. BMW Diesel 3-litre Twin Turbo (335d, 535d, 635d, X3, X5, X6) 133
5. Mercedes-Benz Diesel 2.1-litre (BlueEfficiency E-Class, BlueEfficiency C-Class) 115
6. Ford Hybrid 2.5-litre (Ford Fusion Hybrid, Mercury Milan) 82

Best Performance Engine

The 6.2 litre V8 from the “63 AMG” cars top the best performance engine list, beating BMW’s high revving V8 and V10 engines. Just don’t ask me why cars with a 63 badge on the rear have a 6.2 litre engine instead of a 6.3 litre engine. This V8 produces various outputs ranging from 451 horses up to 518 horses on the CL63 AMG. One technician assembles the whole engine from start until the end.

1. Mercedes-AMG 6.2-litre (CLK, S, SL, CL, CLS, ML) 109
2. BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6) 90
3. Jaguar 5-litre V8 Supercharged (XF, XK) 90
4. Porsche 3.8-litre flat six (GT3) 78
5. BMW 4-litre V8 (M3) 78
6. Ferrari 6-litre V12 (599 GTB) 77

Sub-1 litre Engine

Just look at the gap between the first and second place in the category – a whopping 102 points. The 67kg 993cc Toyota engine has been winning since 2007, ever since taking the throne from the previous gen Insight’s winning 1.0 litre IMA engine back in 2006.

1. Toyota 1-litre three-cylinder (Aygo, IQ, Yaris/Vitz, Citroën C1, Peugeot 107, Subaru Justy) 318
2. Smart Diesel 799cc (Smart Fortwo) 216
3. Mitsubishi 999cc turbo (Smart Fortwo) 214
4. Opel 1-litre three-cylinder twinport (Opel Agila, Corsa, Suzuki Splash) 149
5. Mitsubishi 999cc three-cylinder (Smart Fortwo) 82
6. Kia 1-litre four-cylinder (Picanto) 73

1.0 to 1.4 litre Engine

Here we meet the grand winner again. Notice the top two spots are taken by 1.4 litre TSI engines – the second place winner is a single turbocharged version of the engine that’s meant to produce power outputs that equal a 2.0 litre normally aspirated engine.

1. Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (Golf, Golf Variant, Scirocco, Eos, Jetta, Touran, Tiguan, Seat Ibiza Cupra) 293
2. Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Turbo (Golf, Golf Plus, Golf Variant, Scirocco, Eos, Jetta, Passat, Skoda Octavia, Audi A3, Seat Leon, Altea, Škoda Superb) 154
3. Fiat 1.4-litre Turbo (Fiat Abarth 500, Abarth Grande Punto, Linea, Bravo, Lancia Delta, Alfa Romeo Mito) 147
4. Honda Hybrid 1.3-litre (Insight, Civic) 136
5. BMW-PSA 1.4-litre stop/start (Mini One, One Clubman) 83
6. Fiat-GM Diesel 1.3-litre (Ford Ka, Fiat 500, Panda, Grande Punto, Qubo, Linea, Doblo. Musa, Lancia Ypsilon, Opel Agila/Suzuki Splash, Opel Meriva, Tigra, Combo, Corsa, Astra, Suzuki Ignis) 75

1.4 to 1.8 litre Engine

The winner of this category can be found in various cars offered here in Malaysia, even in a car costing under RM120k. Yes, the BMW-PSA 1.6 litre turbo engine with direct injection and a twin scroll turbocharger is found in the Peugeot 308 Turbo. It’s also found in the Cooper S and Clubman S.

1. BMW-PSA 1.6-litre Turbo (Mini Cooper S, Clubman, Peugeot 207, 308) 253
2. Toyota Hybrid 1.8-litre (Prius) 198
3. Audi 1.8-litre TFSI (Audi A4, A3, A5, TT, Seat León, Altea, Toledo, Skoda Octavia, Superb, VW Passat) 184
4. Mercedes-Benz 1.8-litre turbo (BlueEfficiency E-Class) 135
5. Opel 1.6-litre turbo (Corsa, Astra, Insignia) 59
6. Fiat Diesel 1.6-litre JTD (Alfa Romeo Mito, Fiat Bravo, Lancia Delta) 56

1.8 to 2.0 litre Engine

There are two Audi engines in this list – one is the older unit and the winning engine is the new EA888 direct injection turbo engine. The A4 2.0 TFSI should be coming here soon to join its 1.8 litre sibling, and this award winning engine will be found in it. It’s going to be a fun car for sure, thanks to 350Nm of torque from just 1,500rpm. Two balancer shafts rotating with twice the speed of the crankshaft in the crankcase helps compensate for second-order inertial forces and leading to refined running with very low vibrations. Valvelift technology also variably manages the exhaust valves.

1. Audi 2-litre TFSI (Audi A4, A5, Q5, VW Scirocco, Golf GTI) 220
2. BMW Diesel 2-litre Twin Turbo (123d) 190
3. Audi 2-litre four-cylinder TFSI (Audi A6, A3, TT, VW Tiguan, Eos, Jetta, Tiguan, Škoda Octavia, Seat Altea, León, Exeo) 98
4. Mercedes-Benz 1.8-litre BlueEfficiency (E-Class) 96
5. Honda 2-litre four-cylinder (S2000) 92
6. Subaru Diesel 2-litre (Impreza, Outlook, Forester) 91

2.0 to 2.5 litre Engine

The new OM651 wins the 2.0 to 2.5 litre engine category, using sequential twin turbochargers to boost power up to a peak 201 horses. This same engine family also features single variable geometry turbocharger versions. Audi’s 2.5 litre inline-5 turbo is also new, and notice the number 5 spot – that’s a normally aspirated direct injection BMW engine that’s not installed in the cars here. The N53 family doesn’t really like our petrol quality and we continue to get the sweeter-sounding N52 (the N53 is slightly clattery) in our cars, including the newly launched Z4.

1. Mercedes-Benz Diesel 2.1-litre (BlueEfficiency E-Class, BlueEfficiency C-Class) 225
2. Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder Turbo (Audi TT RS) 180
3. Subaru 2.5-litre flat-four Turbo (Forester, Impreza, Legacy) 144
4. Peugeot-Citroën-Ford Diesel 2.2-litre (Citroën C5, C6, C8, Peugeot 407, 607, 807, Citroën C-Crosser, Land Rover Freelander, Mitsubishi Outlander, Peugeot 4007, Ford Mondeo, S-Max, Galaxy, Jaguar X-Type) 131
5. BMW 2.5-litre DI six-cylinder (Z4) 121
6. Honda 2.4-litre four-cylinder (Element, CR-V, Edix, Elysion, Odyssey, Accord/Acura TSX, Accord USA) 84

2.5 to 3.0 litre Engine

BMW’s N54 twin turbo petrol engine is found in various BMWs sold here in Malaysia – the 135i, 335i, Z4 sDrive35i, BMW 740Li and the BMW X6 xDrive35i. This baby currently puts out just over 300 horsepower and 400Nm of torque, but a newer BMW engine called the N56 has just been introduced and can make the same kind of power with only a single twin-scroll turbocharger, no two smaller turbos in parallel needed. It also adds Valvetronic, something not seen before on BMW turbo engines, including the BMW-PSA inline-4. We’ll see how the N56 single turbo Valvetronic engine does in next year’s awards.

1. BMW 3-litre DI Twin Turbo (135, 335, X6, Z4, 740) 345
2. BMW Diesel 3-litre Twin Turbo (335d, 535d, 635d, X3, X5, X6) 250
3. Audi 3-litre DI Supercharged (S4) 125
4. Porsche 2.9-litre flat-six DI (Boxster, Cayman) 103
5. Audi/VW Diesel 3-litre V6 (A4, A5, A6, A6 allroad, A8, Q7, VW Touareg, Phaeton, Porsche Cayenne) 88
6. Jaguar/Ford/PSA Diesel 3-litre (XF) 83

3.0 to 4.0 litre Engine

According to the judges votes, the screaming 4.0 litre V8 in the current generation M3 beats every other competitor in this category flat, including the 3.8 litre twin turbo V6 in the new Nissan GT-R. It’s also probably going to be the only V8 ever to be slotted in a mass market M3, with the next generation said to return to inline-6 power, with the help of forced induction. In classic M style, each cylinder is fed via its own throttle butterfly, and the engine revs up beyond 8,000rpm, producing a peak of 414hp at 8,250rpm.

1. BMW 4-litre V8 (M3) 319
2. Porsche 3.8-litre flat six DI (911) 156
3. Porsche 3.8-litre flat six (GT3) 148
4. Nissan 3.8-litre Twin Turbo (GT-R) 130
5. Porsche 3.4-litre flat-six (Boxster, Cayman S) 83
6. Toyota Hybrid 3.5-litre V6 (Lexus GS450h, RX, Toyota Crown) 70

Above 4.0 litre Engine

The best performance engine is also the best engine with displacement above 4.0 litres. Normally aspirated engines beat force inducted ones in this list in terms of points – it looks like for really fast cars the judges prefer the rawness of a normally aspirated unit. In last place is the odd one out – a hybrid engine found in the Lexus LS600h.

1. Mercedes-AMG 6.2-litre (CLK, S, SL, CL, CLS, ML) 162
2. BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6) 133
3. Jaguar 5-litre V8 Supercharged (XF, XK) 120
4. BMW 4.4-litre DI Turbo (750i, X6) 114
5. Cadillac 6.2-litre V8 Supercharged (CTS-V) 70
6. Lexus Hybrid 5-litre V8 (LS600h) 62

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