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      06-13-2012, 10:13 AM   #1
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Engine of the Year Awards 2012: BMW Group scores with four, six and eight cylinders.

13.06.2012

Four award-winners spanning a displacement range of 1.6 to 4.0 litres – BMW Group again emerges as the most successful auto manufacturer in the internationally renowned engine contest.


Munich / Stuttgart. Unbeaten titleholders and triumphant newcomers have secured the BMW Group’s renewed pre-eminence at the 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards. Powerplants guaranteeing efficient power delivery in current BMW and MINI models topped no fewer than four out of eight displacement categories. The quartet of trophy-winners comprised two four-cylinder engines, a straight-six and an eight-cylinder. Scooping up best-in-class wins were the 1.6-litre turbo unit of the MINI John Cooper S, the four-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology that drives the new BMW 328i, among others, the straight-six with M TwinPower Turbo of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, and the V8 under the bonnet of the BMW M3. This year’s winners were selected by an international panel of judges made up of 76 motoring journalists from 36 countries. The Engine of the Year Awards were presented against the backdrop of the Engine Expo trade fair in Stuttgart.

With these latest accolades, the BMW Group continues its winning streak in the world’s foremost engine competition. Thanks to the Group’s outstanding development expertise in this area, it has managed to notch up more than 50 class and overall wins at the International Engine of the Year Awards since 1999. In 2012, yet again, engines of widely differing design created for BMW and MINI models dominated a large number of displacement categories. Moreover, the latest title-winners span an unusually broad output spectrum ranging from 135 kW/184 hp to 309 kW/420 hp.

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The 2012 competition saw the prize in the 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre displacement class handed to the engine that drives the MINI Cooper S, in a reprise of its success last year. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder develops peak output of 135 kW/184 hp with the help of a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct petrol injection and variable valve control based on the BMW-patented VALVETRONIC technology. Among the key attributes of this unit are not only its eager power delivery but also exemplary efficiency for its class.

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Likewise providing enhanced driving pleasure coupled with extremely low fuel consumption and emission figures is the new 2.0-litre engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The 180 kW/245 hp four-cylinder turbocharged unit with High Precision Direct Injection and VALVETRONIC instantly won over the judges to capture the trophy in the 1.8-litre to 2.0-litre category. This engine is currently powering the new BMW 328i Sedan, BMW 528i and BMW Z4 sDrive28i, as well as the BMW X3 xDrive28i and BMW X1 xDrive28i models.

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The top accolade in the 2.5-litre to 3.0-litre class went to a six-cylinder in-line engine whose technology has already wowed the judges several times previously. Both in 2007 and in 2008, this 3.0-litre powerplant with twin turbochargers, High Precision Injection and Double-VANOS took the overall prize in the Engine of the Year Awards. It serves as the basis for both the M TwinPower Turbo unit inside the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the BMW TwinPower Turbo engine of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is. Delivering 250 kW/340 hp, this thrillingly high-revving straight-six has reached its highest output level. The upshot is truly outstanding performance that has garnered it a further Engine of the Year Award.

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An achievement of this calibre is only exceeded by the string of successes claimed by the fourth BMW Group award-winner in 2012. For the fifth time in a row, the V8 engine of the BMW M3 high-performance sports car provides the measure of all things in the 3.0-litre to 4.0-litre displacement class. Bolstering the undiminished appeal of the 4.0-litre naturally aspirated engine are its hallmark M high-revving concept, peak output of 309 kW/420 hp and outstanding thrust. Beyond this, the eight-cylinder is compelling for its remarkable efficiency thanks to the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration and other Efficient Dynamics technologies.

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That's it.. I've seen this too many times now. I'm officially stating that my car has 420 hp when someone asks as opposed to the quirky sounding 414.

Oh yeah... WoooooooHooooooo!
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Tack on another accolade to the M3's already long list.
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That's it.. I've seen this too many times now. I'm officially stating that my car has 420 hp when someone asks as opposed to the quirky sounding 414.

Oh yeah... WoooooooHooooooo!
Yours is an 08, it doesn't have the 420hp.
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About the 3.0 - 4.0 liter award, five years on and other manufacturers have failed to build a more worthy engine.
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Thank you S65.
It's sad to see you go...
Efficiency Shmefficiency. Wasn't there a Top Gear episode in which an M3 tagged along a Prius in full throttle (for the Prius only, of course) and the M3 was more efficient at similar speeds?
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Thank you S65.
It's sad to see you go...
Efficiency Shmefficiency. Wasn't there a Top Gear episode in which an M3 tagged along a Prius in full throttle (for the Prius only, of course) and the M3 was more efficient at similar speeds?
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What an achievement!! Winner 5 years in a row!!!
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About the 3.0 - 4.0 liter award, five years on and other manufacturers have failed to build a more worthy engine.
While I cannot argue its a stout motor, I would wholeheartedly disagree. The motor in the GT3, GT3 RS and RS 4.0 is a better motor. Luckily for everyone else it was not in the running due to the fact that is it not currently on sale since GT3 production is over for the 997.
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BMW has pretty much dominated the 2.5 - 4.0L classes...but the M3 has yet to win the coveted overall "International Engine of the Year" award...which the n54 won in 2007 & 2008..

Interestingly the 1.0L - 3 cylinder Ford turbo won this for 2012...turbo is the wave of the future I thinks

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repost!!! oh wait....deja vu
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Thank you S65.
It's sad to see you go...
Efficiency Shmefficiency. Wasn't there a Top Gear episode in which an M3 tagged along a Prius in full throttle (for the Prius only, of course) and the M3 was more efficient at similar speeds?
At home, I put the Prius up against a kitchen knife tasking both to cut a tomato. Needless to say, the Prius also failed miserably at that task too.

Tomato 1 - Prius 0
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Anyone have start stop in Europe that can chime in on the use and actual fuel gains? Also what is this brake regenerating feature? All have this or is this a EUR thing as well?

I have to say that the mileage is horrible coming from an e46 M3. I enjoy the car but the mileage is no better than my old c55 with a 5.4l so how is it that efficient? Just because it makes more power with less liters?
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I rarely use start-stop as my commute doesn't really make it necessary. But I can see how it could save some gas. The concept is legit.
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While I cannot argue its a stout motor, I would wholeheartedly disagree. The motor in the GT3, GT3 RS and RS 4.0 is a better motor. Luckily for everyone else it was not in the running due to the fact that is it not currently on sale since GT3 production is over for the 997.
If in 2011 Porsche thought that even the 4.0 iteration would have difficulty closing the enormous points gap that year after year had separated the S65 from the GT3's 3.8., it may not have been coincidence that the 4.0 version was conveniently ineligble for the 2011 competition.
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I cant help but believe, had BMW wanted, they could have produced a more efficient V8 for the upcoming M3/M4. One needs to look no further the Fords Coyote engine for an example. 18 mpg city, 25 hwy.

Is Coyote mpg helped out by the funky 6th gear? Most certainly, but Ford was able to beat the gas guzzler tax and build a heck of an engine.

I admit, I know nothing about designing automobile engines, but I've always been educable. I know many posters understanding of such things outstrips my own... so learn me up.

Remember those V8 tomato juice commercials? We coulda had a V8!
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This thread seems to have multiplied at BimmerPost, but here is a point I wanted to make on M3Post as well. Sorry if duplicate.

An award is as great as the quality of its nominees. The S65 was crowned #1 with the following competition:
#1: BMW 4L V8 (BMW M3)
#2: McLaren 3.8L V8 (MP4-12C)
#3: Porsche 3.8L Boxer DI (911 Carrera S)
#4: Audi 4L TFSI (S6, S7, S8, Bentley Continental)
#5: Nissan 3.8L Bi-turbo (GT-R)
#6: Porsche 3.8L Boxer Turbo (911 Turbo)

This is a huge win for the not-so-new S65!

http://www.ukipme.com/engineoftheyear/index.php
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At home, I put the Prius up against a kitchen knife tasking both to cut a tomato. Needless to say, the Prius also failed miserably at that task too.

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