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BMW’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel (earlier post) was named Best New Engine of the Year 2008 at the tenth annual International Engine of the Year Awards at Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany (6-8 May). The top six contenders in this category included two twin-turbos (one gasoline, one diesel), a V10 with 580bhp, the world’s first diesel boxer engine (from Subaru), and a fresh version of Volkswagen’s TSI.

BMW’s 3-liter Twin Turbo gasoline engine was named International Engine of the Year 2008, as it was last year. (Earlier post.) The judges of the awards noted that the back-to-back win also confirms turbocharging as the power generator of choice. Seven of the twelve award categories were taken by turbocharged engines.

The Prius 1.5-liter engine won the Green Engine of the Year Award. The Green Engine Award replaces the Best Fuel Economy Category, which the Prius engine also won last year. This year, however, the Prius edged out the BMW 2.0-liter diesel combined with start-stop system by only three points (269 to 266).

International Engine of the Year Awards 2008 and 2007: Winners
Category 2008 Engine 2007 Engine
Best New Engine of Year BMW 2.0-liter diesel
BMW 3-liter Twin-Turbo
Best Fuel Economy (2007) Toyota 1.5-liter Hybrid Synergy Drive
Green Engine (2008) Toyota 1.5-liter Hybrid Synergy Drive
Best Performance Engine Porsche 3.6-liter Turbo
(911 Turbo, 911 GT2)
BMW 5-liter V10
(M5, M6)
Sub 1-liter Toyota 1-liter
(Aygo,Yaris/Echo/Vitz, Citroën C1, Peugeot 107, Subaru Justy)
Toyota 1-liter
(Aygo, Yaris, Peugeot 107, Citroën C1)
1-liter to 1.4-liter Volkswagen 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger
(Golf, Touran, Tiguan, Jetta (140/170bhp))
Volkswagen 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger
(Golf, Touran, Jetta)
1.4-liter to 1.8-liter BMW-PSA 1.6-liter Turbo
(MINI Cooper S, Clubman, Peugeot 207, 308)
BMW-PSA 1.6-liter Turbo
(MINI, Peugeot 207)
1.8-liter to 2-liter Volkswagen/Audi 2-liter Turbo FSI
(A3, A4 Cabrio, A6, TT, Eos, Jetta, Golf GTi, Škoda Octavia, Seat Altea, Leon)
Volkswagen 2-liter Turbo
(Golf, Audi A3, A6, SEAT Leon, Škoda Octavia)
2-liter to 2.5-liter Subaru 2.5-liter flat four Turbo
(Forester, Impreza)
BMW 2.5-liter
(325, 525, X3, Z4)
2.5-liter to 3-liter BMW 3-liter Twin Turbo
(135, 335, X6)
BMW 3-liter Twin-Turbo
3-liter to 4-liter BMW 4-liter V8
Porsche 3.6-liter Turbo
Above 4-liter BMW 5-liter V10
(M5, M6)
BMW 5-liter V10
(M5, M6)
International Engine of the Year BMW 3-liter Twin Turbo
(135, 335, X6)
BMW 3-liter Twin-Turbo



I wonder why there are no American engines.[/sarcasm]


The fact that this award came out of Germany may have something to do with it. An obvious omission that stands out to me is in the 2.0 liter range. Audi seems to have had that locked down for years, but GM's 2.0 DI Turbo with dual VVT and 260HP seems like it compares favorably to the
Audi/VW engine. Maybe it needs a few more applications (please!) to get noticed....


I wish that BMW 3 liter had a hybrid option. That'd be fun for the weekend, green(er) in traffic on the way to work.


It's very likely the US market will get the new dual-turbo 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine for possible application in the 1-Series coupe and 3-Series sedan, though the US version will likely be rated at 189 bhp (SAE 08/04 net) due to the need to meet Tier 2 Bin 5 emission standards.


How does one meet or beat T2B5 with under 40 cetane diesel fuel? A better question is, why do we export high quality Dfuel to EU? While destroying our renewable diesel industry?


Right said, Fred:

Why do we ship our high quality diesel to the EU while our US truckers are having a hard time making ends meet with our cruddy diesel demanding a 30% premium over regular gasoline at the pump?


IEYA is awarded during Engine Expo, which is organized by British (UKIP Media & Events Ltd) with a panel of international automobile journalists, so although it is awarded in Stuttgart, this does not come really form Germany.


What can we say BMW RULES!!!!!!!!!! You go BMW the leader in engine technology :))))))))

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