Ward’s 10 Best Engines List: BMW N20 and N55

News | December 9th, 2011 by 9
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Ward’s publishes their 2011 10 Best Engines list and BMW is well represented once again. The new four-cylinder 2.0 liter turbocharged N20 engine made the list, along with the 3.0 liter twin-scroll N55 powerplant. The Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition recognizes the latest powertrain technologies that are affordable to most consumers, boost horsepower and torque, sound appealing and integrate well with their respective vehicles.

As Ward’s Auto points out, a record seven of this year’s Ward’s 10 Best Engines winners integrate state-of-the-art direct fuel injection, demonstrating the rapid pace of technology development as auto makers downsize their engines in anticipation of strict U.S. fuel-economy rules.

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The direct injection technology helps improving fuel efficiency while providing quick acceleration and high torque at low rpms.

BMW’s competitors are represented by Audi and its 3.0 liter superchaged V6 engine found in the new A6.

Here is what Ward’s has to say about the BMW units:

BMW returns to the list for a second time with the N55 3.0L turbocharged 6-cyl. engine in the 335i coupe, an engine that perfectly illustrates the superior balance and refinement of inline engines and the Bavarian auto maker’s mastery of the architecture’s execution.

With 300 hp and 300 lb.-ft. (407 Nm) of torque, this engine manages better than 25 mpg (9.4 L/100 km) during heavy-footed evaluation by WardsAuto editors in October.

New to the winner’s circle is BMW’s 2.0L N20 turbocharged 4-cyl. engine that dazzles editors in both the Z4 sDrive 28i roadster and larger 528i sedan. With 258 lb.-ft. (350 Nm) of torque in the Z4 and 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) in the 5-Series, this stout, compact powertrain packs an impressive 120 hp/L, without sacrificing any of BMW’s stellar vehicle dynamics.

This year’s winners and the applications tested:

3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi A6)
2.0L N20 Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (BMW Z4/528i)
3.0L N55 Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW 335i coupe)
3.6L Pentastar DOHC V-6 (Chrysler 300S/Jeep Wrangler)
2.0L EcoBoost DOHC I-4 (Ford Edge)
5.0L DOHC V-8 (Ford Mustang Boss 302)
2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Buick Regal GS)
1.6L DOHC I-4 (Hyundai Accent/Kia Soul)
2.0L Skyactiv DOHC I-4 (Mazda3)
3.5L DOHC V-6 HEV (Infiniti M35h)

9 responses to “Ward’s 10 Best Engines List: BMW N20 and N55”

  1. Giom (iPad) says:

    No surprise here. Congrats to BMW.

  2. Mateo says:

    since today you have few manufacturers theres no point of this awards, for example Ford/PSA makes diesel, Volvo uses Ecoboost engine, Saab is just ranamed Opel, even Toyota will have BMW’s diesels.

  3. Mose121 says:

    There’s not a chance in hell they got 25 MPG during a “heavy-footed evaluation”.  Maybe that’s what the instrument cluster said, but that figure is hardly accurate.  If they did the math they’d find it was probably more like 18MPG, which still isn’t bad at all for a car with that kind of HP and TQ. 

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