International Engine of the Year Awards Archive

  • International Engine of the Year 2015 – BMW i8 wins!


    This year’s International Engine of the Year award goes to the 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbocharged hybrid engine in the BMW i8, finally ending the Ford 1.0 litre Ecoboost engine’s three-year reign.

    The i8’s engine took home the coveted award with its 274 point score, placing it ahead of the Ford engine’s 267 points. The Ford engine retained its title in the Sub 1-Litre category while the BMW emerged top in the 1.4-Litre to 1.8-Litre category as well as the New Engine category.

    The 1-Litre to 1.4-Litre category winner is PSA Peugeot Citroen’s new 1.2 litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine they’ve put in various cars like the 208, 308, DS3, C3 Picasso, C4 Cactus, C4 and DS4. The engine is available in two tunes – either 110 PS or 130 PS.

    Mercedes-AMG’s 360 PS 2.0 litre turbocharged engine emerged champion in the 1.8-Litre to 2-Litre category. You’ll find this engine installed in the A 45 AMG, CLA 45 AMG and GLA 45 AMG.

    Moving up a displacement size, the 2-Litre to 2.5-Litre category was won by Audi’s 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine found in the 367 PS Audi RS3 and 340 PS Audi RS Q3.

    BMW’s new 3.0 litre twin-turbo six-pot engine powering the new M3 and M4 took the honours for the 2.5-Litre to 3-Litre category, ahead of another BMW 3.0 litre turbo engine, the non-M N55 found in cars like the 235i and 435i. In fact, this category was full of BMW engines, occupying four spots in the top six.

    The 3-Litre to 4-Litre category was won by McLaren’s 3.8 litre V8 twin-turbo. For the Above 4-Litre category, Ferrari’s 4.5 litre V8 found in the 458 Italia and 458 Speciale took the top honours. The Ferrari V8 also won the Performance Engine category. Tesla’s full electric powertrain won the Green Engine category,

    The International Engine of the Year Awards 2015 results:

    1. BMW 1.5 litre three-cylinder hybrid – 274 points
    2. Ford 1.0 litre three-cylinder turbo – 267 points
    3. PSA Peugeot Citroen 1.2 three-cylinder turbo – 222 points
    4. Ferrari 4.5 litre V8 – 221 points
    5. Mercedes-AMG 2.0 litre turbo – 177 points
    6. Tesla electric powertrain – 157 points
    7. BMW M 3.0 litre six-cylinder twin-turbo – 133 points
    8. McLaren 3.8 litre V8 twin-turbo – 93 points
    9. Audi 2.5 litre five-cylinder turbo – 81 points

    Check out the full results of all the 2015 categories in the gallery below.

  • International Engine of the Year 2014 – Ford wins again


    The Ford 1.0 litre EcoBoost has been named as the International Engine of the Year 2014, making it three wins in a row for the mill. The 2012 and 2013 overall winner – which equips the Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost in Malaysia – finished 70 points clear of its closest competitor, Ferrari’s 4.5 litre V8, in the 16th edition of the awards.

    The little EcoBoost also retained its title in the Sub-1 litre category, finishing with 505 points to the 261 points bagged by the second-placed finisher, BMWs 647cc two-cylinder electric-gasoline range-extender used in the BMW i3.

    Volkswagen’s 1.4 TSI Twincharger took top spot in the 1.0 to 1.4 litre class award, while in the 1.4 to 1.8 litre category the gong went to BMW/PSA’s familiar 1.6 litre turbo. The Mercedes-AMG M133 2.0 litre turbo – seen in the likes of the A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG – took the honours in the 1.8 to 2.0 litre category, while Audi’s 2.5 litre five-cylinder turbo finished first in the 2.0 to 2.5 litre class.

    Fahrveranstaltung CLA 45 AMG Edition 1

    As for the 2.5 to 3.0 litre category, the judges picked the BMW 3.0 litre Twin-Power turbo six-cylinder, and McLaren’s 3.8 litre V8 finished top of the 3.0 to 4.0 litre heap. The Ferrari 4.5 litre power unit didn’t finish empty-handed, bagging two titles with wins in the above 4.0 litre and Performance Engine sub-categories.

    The Green Engine title, meanwhile, went to Tesla’s full-electric powertrain, and the M133 Merc-AMG lump managed to make it two awards in this edition by securing the honours in the New Engine sub-category.

    Continuing a five-year trend, engines with small displacements again proved to be very popular, further highlighting the downsizing phenomenon sweeping the industry. A total of 82 jury members from 34 countries took part in this year’s voting.

    The 2014 International Engine of the Year results:

    1. Ford 1.0 litre EcoBoost – 351 points
    2. Ferrari 4.5 litre V8 – 281 points
    3. Volkswagen 1.4 litre TSI Twincharger – 254 points
    4. Mercedes-AMG 2.0 litre turbo – 252 points
    5. Tesla full-electric powertrain – 225 points
    6. BMW 3.0 litre twin-power turbo – 223 points
    7. BMW/PSA 1.6 turbo – 181 points
    8. McLaren 3.8 litre V8 – 154 points
    9. Audi 2.5 litre five-cylinder turbo – 79 points

  • International Engine of the Year Awards 2013 winners


    Ford’s 1.0 litre turbocharged three-cylinder EcoBoost has been named the International Engine of the Year 2013 and best Sub-1 litre titles, repeating its wins in last year’s awards. The judging committee has had a habit of crowning repeat winners recently, with BMW’s 5.0 litre V10 and 3.0 litre twin-turbo inline-six taking two consecutive gongs each in 2005/2006 and 2007/2008 respectively and most recently VW’s 1.4 litre TSI TwinCharger in 2009/2010.

    The only recent winner not to achieve that feat was 2011’s big winner – Fiat’s 875 cc TwinAir – that in updated Natural Power (CNG) form gets the nod in the Green Engine sub-category this year. The VW Golf Mk7’s new single-turbo 1.4 litre TSI ACT (yes, the one we don’t get) wins the best New Engine title, though funnily enough the judges still prefer the older 1.4 TwinCharger for the 1.0 to 1.4 litre class award.

    Performance Engine of the year and Above 4.0 litre awards fall to Ferrari’s new 6.3 litre V12 in the F12berlinetta, taking over from the 458 Italia’s 4.5 litre V8. McLaren finally breaks its losing streak by taking the 3.0 to 4.0 litre category with its MP4-12C’s Ricardo-built 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8, ending BMW M’s five-year domination of the class with its 4.0 litre V8.

    BMW isn’t left empty-handed as its 2.0 TwinPowerTurbo engine tops the 1.8 to 2.0 litre class, while Audi’s 2.5 litre five-pot turbo and Porsche’s new base 2.7 litre motor enjoy wins in the intermediate 2 to 2.5 litre and 2.5 to 3 litre categories respectively. The familiar BMW-PSA 1.6 litre turbo wins the 1.4 to 1.8 litre class for the seventh year running, beating fresher rivals from Mercedes-Benz and Ford.

  • Ford 1.0L EcoBoost is the 2012 International Engine of the Year – bags first title win for the Blue Oval

    Ford’s new 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine – which debuted in Frankfurt and was officially launched in November last year before making its market debut in Europe in the third-gen Focus C346 earlier this year – has been named the 2012 International Engine of the Year, beating Volkswagen’s 1.4 litre TSI twincharger and Ferrari’s 4.5 litre V8 to the title.

    The turbocharged three-cylinder mill also hauled in two other awards – Best New Engine and Best Engine Under 1.0-litre. Aside from the hattrick, the little lump has the honour of giving the Blue Oval its first International Engine of the Year win in the award’s 13-year history, in the process garnering the highest points total ever in the competition – 401 points to the second-placed VW 1.4 TSI’s 288. Voting was cast by 76 journalists from 35 countries around the world.

    The innovative engine – small enough to fit on an A4 sheet of paper – was designed at Ford’s technical centres in Dunton, UK as well as Merkenich, Germany, and is built in Ford’s plants in Craiova, Romania, and Cologne, Germany.

    Available in two output forms, 100 PS and 125 PS, the engine will next be offered in the C-MAX and B-MAX later this year, and globally will make its way into Ford models in the US, Africa and Asia Pacific next year. Those expecting to see it in the Fiesta and upcoming Focus here will have to wait a good while, as it stands – at the ASEAN launch of the new Focus in Thailand, it was mentioned that there were no plans as yet to introduce the unit anytime in the near future.

    Meanwhile, in Europe, Ford plans to triple annual production of vehicles equipped with efficient EcoBoost petrol engines to approximately 480,000 by 2015, from 141,000 in 2011. The company projects that more than 300,000 of those vehicles will be equipped with the 1.0 litre EcoBoost.

    The 2012 International Engine of the Year results:

    1. Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo – 401 points
    2. Volkswagen 1.4 litre TSI Twincharger – 288 points
    3. Ferrari 4.5 litre V8 – 224 points
    4. GM 1.4 litre range extender – 212 points
    5. BMW 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder petrol – 199 points
    6. BMW/PSA 1.6 litre turbo petrol – 162 points
    7. BMW 3.0 litre turbo six–cylinder gasoline – 160 points
    8. BMW M 4.0 litre V8 – 128 points
    9. Audi 2.5 litre five–cylinder turbo – 126 points

  • International Engine of the Year awards – Fiat bags top prize

    The recently concluded 2011 edition of the International Engine of the Year awards saw Fiat bagging the overall engine of the year gong with its 875cc TwinAir two-cylinder turbocharged engine.

    The international jury of 76 motoring journalists from 36 countries placed the Fiat mill ahead of the Volkswagen 1.4 litre TSI Twincharger, and finishing a distance behind in third was Ferrari’s 4.5 litre V8 block as seen in the 458 Italia.

    The 85 hp/150 Nm TwinAir also took the honours in the sub-1.0 litre category, ending Toyota’s four-year dominance in this area, and it also picked up the Best New Engine of the Year and Green Engine of the Year titles to make it four award wins. With a normally-aspirated 65 hp and a tuned-up 105 hp derivative to follow shortly, you can expect it’s not the last time you’ll see the Fiat block winning things.

    VW did however pick up the gong in the 1.0 to 1.4 litre category with the 1.4 TSI Twincharger, which took the title for best engine in the category for the sixth consecutive year.

    In the 1.4 to 1.8 litre segment, BMW’s 1.6 litre turbocharged engine – a further intepretation of the Prince engine, with fully variable valve management incorporated – finished top of the heap, and in the 1.8 to 2.0 litre class, it was another BMW mill, the 204 hp 2.0 litre TwinPower Turbo diesel, that took the top prize.

    Audi’s 2.5 litre five-cylinder turbo, as seen in the likes of the RS3 and TT RS, walked away with the 2.0 to 2.5 litre title in hugely convincing fashion, while BMW did so in the same manner in the 2.5 litre to 3.0 litre category, with its 3.0 litre DI twin-turbo unit finishing well ahead of the competition.

    Making it four class wins for BMW was its 4.0 litre V8, the unit in the M3, which has been the title holder in the 3.0 litre to 4.0 litre category since 2008, and rounding off the winners was Ferrari’s 4.5 litre V8, which the 458 Italia wears, in the above 4.0 litre segment. It finished ahead of last year’s winner, the Mercedes-AMG 6.2 litre V8.

  • International Engine Of The Year 2010 Results

    Volkswagen has snapped up the International Engine of the Year award again this year. This is the second year in a row that their new 1.4 litre TSI Twincharger engine has won the annual engine award scoring 384 points ahead of BMW’s 3.0 litre twin turbo direct injection engine with 365 points and the normally aspirated 6.2 litre AMG V8 engine trailing with 258 points.
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  • Volkswagen’s 1.4 TSI Twincharger wins 2009 International Engine of the Year Awards!

    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.

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  • International Engine of The Year 2008 Results

    BMW has conquered the 2008 International Engine Of The Year awards again, with the N54 Bi-Turbo in the BMW 335i and the BMW 135i taking home the overall award and the 2.5 litre to 3 litre, and other BMW engines winning the 1.4 litre to 1.8 litre award, the 3 litre to 4 litre award, the above 4 litre award, and the best new engine award. Find out more about the results after the jump.
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  • International Engine Of The Year 2007 Results

    The results of the 2007 International Engine Of The Year awards are out. The question everyone will be asking is – will the BMW 5.0 litre V10 be able to persevere and continue it’s reign as the award winner for the third time consecutively this year? Or will it be out-triumphed by a rival from another manufacturer, or perhaps another engine from BMW’s own stables? We find out what the results are after the jump!
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  • 2006 International Engine Of The Year Awards Results

    BMW totally owned the 2006 International Engine Of The Year awards again, just as it did last year. It’s 5.0 litre V10 engine used in the BMW M5 and BMW M6 won both the Best Performance Engine Award as well as the overall International Engine Of The Year 2006 award for the second year in a row. BMW also won 3 other awards, the 3L to 4L category with it’s BMW Z4M/E46 M3 3.2 litre straight-six engine, and the 2.5L to 3L category with it’s 3.0 litre twin turbodiesel engine. That makes BMW’s total award count at a nice number 5. Let’s have a look at the engines that won awards in the International Engine Of The Year Awards 2006.
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