BMW Group Press Release: (MINI content at the bottom in bold) For an unprecedented third year in succession, BMW has been named the outright winner of the acclaimed International Engine of the Year, this time for its 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol engine fitted to BMW 335i models. Following successes in 2005 and 2006, with the 5.0-litre V10 engine powering the M5 and M6 models, this year it was the turn of the six-cylinder. The engine was originally launched in the BMW 335i CoupÃƒÂ© and is now available in Saloon, Touring and Convertible models.
BMW UK’s managing director, Jim O’Donnell, said: “BMW is immensely proud to receive this significant award for a third successive year, and the timing of the award couldn’t be better. The 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged engine perfectly encapsulates BMW’s new EfficientDynamics programme, delivering power, performance and impressive consumption and emissions figures.
“With its two turbochargers, the six-cylinder engine delivers the power and torque normally associated with a larger V8, but with the economy and emissions expected of a 2.5-litre car. As a result, owners can benefit from the dynamic driving experience expected of any BMW, yet potentially save hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds in fuel costs throughout their ownership.”
BMW took more category honours than any other manufacturer winning a total of seven awards for four engines. As well as winning the overall title, the 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged unit took Ã¢â‚¬ËœBest new engine of the year 2007′ as well as Ã¢â‚¬ËœBest engine 2.5-3.0-litre 2007′. The winner of the top honour for the last two years (the V10 5.0-litre) was, this year, awarded two honours – Ã¢â‚¬ËœBest performance engine 2007′ and Ã¢â‚¬ËœBest engine Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 4.0-litres and over 2007′.
In the smaller engine categories, BMW’s 2.5-litre six-cylinder engine used in the BMW X3 2.5si and Z4 2.5si Roadster models won Ã¢â‚¬ËœBest engine 2.0-2.5-litre 2007′ while, for the first time, an engine powering a MINI was successful.
In the 1.4-1.8-litre category, the trophy was awarded jointly to BMW Group and PSA Peugeot Citroen for the 1.6-litre turbo engine in the new MINI Cooper S and Peugeot 207. The innovative twin-scroll turbo technology with direct fuel injection has a power output of 175hp, while achieving nearly 41mpg combined fuel consumption. All MINI petrol engines are assembled at BMW Group’s Hams Hall plant in the Midlands, before being delivered just-in-sequence to the MINI plant at Oxford.
MF Analysis: An incredible achievement considering some of the new powerplants released this year. This is also the second time MINI’s powerplant has won the award, the first time coming with the introduction of the supercharged version of the Tritec. But undoubtedly this win is more sweet. Where the Tritec was engineered in Detroit and featured little BMW Group technology, the new powerplant was designed and engineered in Munich by BMW. While PSA has partnered with BMW to create better economies of scale, one could easily consider this win 100% BMW.