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2007-05-09 14:07

BMW's twin-turbo engine

With seven awards for four engines, BMW emerges as the most successful brand from the "International Engine of the Year Awards 2007", the world's most important engine competition.

For the third time in a row, the awards jury - consisting of 62 high-ranking international motoring journalists from 30 countries - awarded the principal prize, the highly sought-after "International Engine of the Year" to the Bavarian automobile manufacturer.

This year the trophy goes to the new BMW 3-litre twin turbo petrol engine, fitted in South Africa to the BMW 3 Series coupe and convertible and soon to debut in the sedan.

The world's first in-line 6-cylinder engine with Twin Turbo technology also came out tops in two other categories, winning the "Best New Engine of the Year 2007" and the 2.5 - 3.0 litre capacity class.

Two awards were won by the V10 high-performance engine, found under the bonnet of the BMW M5 and M6. The 373 kW power package with a capacity of 5 litres received the award "Best Performance Engine of the Year" as in the last two years, and also won in the engine class over 4.0 litres capacity.

In 2005 and 2006 this engine won the "International Engine of the Year" award itself.

The 2.0 to 2.5 litre award was won by the 2.5 litre 6-cylinder petrol engine with VALVETRONIC which is used in the BMW 325i, the BMW 525i, the Z4 Roadster 2.5si and the X3 2.5si.

And this was not the end of the prize series for BMW Group. In the 1.4 to 1.8 litre category the trophy jointly went to BMW Group and PSA Peugeot Citroën, the developing partners of the 1.6-litre turbo engine. It powers the MINI Cooper S with 128 kW, as well as models of the developing partner in brand-specific adaption.

The newly created features of this 4-cylinder engine include the innovative Twin Scroll turbo technology and a fuel direct injection.

Volkswagen's 1.4-litre turbocharged and supercharged TSI unit triumphed for a second year in the 1-litre to 1.4-litre class.

Its larger sibling, the 2-litre turbo developed by Audi and housed in the Golf GTi and Audi A3, topped the 1.8-litre to 2-litre category.

Toyota meanwhile saw its 1.5-litre hybrid that powers the Prius named Best Fuel Economy engine and its 1-litre 3-cylinder from the Aygo and Yaris take the honours in the Sub 1-litre category.


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