Official Release: Two class wins in this year’s competition have boosted the BMW Group’s cache of titles acquired in the prestigious International Engine of the Year Award. The two latest accolades go to two power units that manage to combine sporty performance with exemplary efficiency in unique fashion. The 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology – as featured in numerous current BMW models – ranks among the prize-winners for the fourth time. Meanwhile, the 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine that drives the MINI Cooper S Countryman and the MINI Cooper S Paceman, among other models, has secured its eighth consecutive class win.
This brace of titles for the BMW Group at the International Engine of the Year Award 2014 once again corroborates the development work carried out under the umbrella of Efficient Dynamics, which has for years now led to a steady enhancement in driving pleasure coupled with reduced fuel consumption and emissions. The International Engine of the Year Award was introduced in 1999, since when 63 class and overall wins have been earned by engines developed for the BMW and MINI brands. Deciding on the best engines among a wide range of categories was a panel of expert judges who this year comprised 82 automotive journalists from 34 countries. Their chosen prize-winners will be presented with their awards on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 during the Engine Expo trade fair in Stuttgart.
In the six-in-line petrol engine that has once again won the Engine of the Year Award in 2014, BMW TwinPower Turbo technology plays a pivotal role in securing its hallmark brand attributes: instantaneous response to the slightest touch of the pedal, an exhilarating high-revving temperament, supreme refinement and outstanding efficiency. The technology package behind the lightweight unit comprises a Twin Scroll turbocharger, High Precision Petrol Direct Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and double-VANOS variable camshaft control. With this armoury, the 3.0-litre engine delivers peak output of 225 kW/306 hp and 235 kW/320 hp in the respective BMW 6 Series and BMW 7 Series models.
This year the 1.4 to 1.8-litre displacement class of the International Engine of the Year Award was once again dominated by the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine developed for BMW and MINI models. This unit features a Twin Scroll turbocharger and petrol direct injection combined with variable valve control based on the VALVETRONIC principle patented by the BMW Group. In its latest evolution – available from summer 2014 in the new MINI Cooper S Countryman (fuel consumption combined: 6.0 l/100 km [47.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 139 g/km) and the new MINI Cooper S Paceman (fuel consumption combined: 6.0 l/100 km [47.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 139 g/km) – the four-cylinder powerplant boasts output raised to 140 kW/190 hp. The responsive, high-revving nature and excellent efficiency of this engine once again set benchmarks that have ensured its eighth class win in succession.