Engine of the Year Awards 2012: BMW wins with four, six and eight cylinders – N18, N20, N54, S65

News | June 13th, 2012 by 15
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Four award-winners spanning a displacement range of 1.6 to 4.0 litres – BMW Group again emerges as the most successful auto manufacturer in the internationally …

Four award-winners spanning a displacement range of 1.6 to 4.0 litres – BMW Group again emerges as the most successful auto manufacturer in the internationally renowned engine contest.

Munich / Stuttgart. Unbeaten titleholders and triumphant newcomers have secured the BMW Group’s renewed pre-eminence at the 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards. Powerplants guaranteeing efficient power delivery in current BMW and MINI models topped no fewer than four out of eight displacement categories. The quartet of trophy-winners comprised two four-cylinder engines, a straight-six and an eight-cylinder.

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Scooping up best-in-class wins were the 1.6-litre turbo unit of the MINI John Cooper S, the four-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology that drives the new BMW 328i, among others, the straight-six with M TwinPower Turbo of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, and the V8 under the bonnet of the BMW M3. This year’s winners were selected by an international panel of judges made up of 76 motoring journalists from 36 countries. The Engine of the Year Awards were presented against the backdrop of the Engine Expo trade fair in Stuttgart.

With these latest accolades, the BMW Group continues its winning streak in the world’s foremost engine competition. Thanks to the Group’s outstanding development expertise in this area, it has managed to notch up more than 50 class and overall wins at the International Engine of the Year Awards since 1999. In 2012, yet again, engines of widely differing design created for BMW and MINI models dominated a large number of displacement categories. Moreover, the latest title-winners span an unusually broad output spectrum ranging from 135 kW/184 hp to 309 kW/420 hp.

The 2012 competition saw the prize in the 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre displacement class handed to the engine that drives the MINI Cooper S, in a reprise of its success last year. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder develops peak output of 135 kW/184 hp with the help of a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct petrol injection and variable valve control based on the BMW-patented VALVETRONIC technology. Among the key attributes of this unit are not only its eager power delivery but also exemplary efficiency for its class.

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Likewise providing enhanced driving pleasure coupled with extremely low fuel consumption and emission figures is the new 2.0-litre engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The 180 kW/245 hp four-cylinder turbocharged unit with High Precision Direct Injection and VALVETRONIC instantly won over the judges to capture the trophy in the 1.8-litre to 2.0-litre category. This engine is currently powering the new BMW 328i Sedan, BMW 528i and BMW Z4 sDrive28i, as well as the BMW X3 xDrive28i and BMW X1 xDrive28i models.

The top accolade in the 2.5-litre to 3.0-litre class went to a six-cylinder in-line engine whose technology has already wowed the judges several times previously. Both in 2007 and in 2008, this 3.0-litre powerplant with twin turbochargers, High Precision Injection and Double-VANOS took the overall prize in the Engine of the Year Awards. It serves as the basis for both the M TwinPower Turbo unit inside the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the BMW TwinPower Turbo engine of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is. Delivering 250 kW/340 hp, this thrillingly high-revving straight-six has reached its highest output level. The upshot is truly outstanding performance that has garnered it a further Engine of the Year Award.

An achievement of this calibre is only exceeded by the string of successes claimed by the fourth BMW Group award-winner in 2012. For the fifth time in a row, the V8 engine of the BMW M3 high-performance sports car provides the measure of all things in the 3.0-litre to 4.0-litre displacement class. Bolstering the undiminished appeal of the 4.0-litre naturally aspirated engine are its hallmark M high-revving concept, peak output of 309 kW/420 hp and outstanding thrust. Beyond this, the eight-cylinder is compelling for its remarkable efficiency thanks to the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration and other Efficient Dynamics technologies.

[Source: BMW]

15 responses to “Engine of the Year Awards 2012: BMW wins with four, six and eight cylinders – N18, N20, N54, S65”

  1. Not-any-more BMW fan says:

    I wonder what you’re proud of, ridiculous editor. BMW won neither the International engine of the year award, nor the best performance engine award. It’s a shame on BMW!

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Proud? We just stated what the press release said. More on this soon.

      No one claimed anything else.

      • Not-any-more BMW fan says:

        I’m glad that you are smart enough not to make BMW-biased comments which would be simply ridiculous. Cause BMW is a mediocre car maker and not in the same prestigious league like Mercedes and Audi.

        • RacecarBMW says:

          And how many engine awards did Mercedes and Audi win? even combined how many?

          • Bob Smith says:

            Relax, he was never a BMW fan at all, and he’s just a random troll/hypocrite. He tries to instigate with the 2nd post of the article by wildly claiming random things about the editor. Then he says something dumb about stating BMW-biased comments, and then follows up by stating an anti-BMW-biased comment. You’re feeding him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is posting from the same IP/location as “BMW sucks”, we’ll see…

          • MPower Motorsport says:

            ask them again brother. You see, the problem with these BMW hater’s is that they can’t bear to see these statistics, “they are like vampires hate’s to see the Sun”.

          • Not-any-more BMW fan says:

            It doesn’t matter at all since engine isn’t a car yet, idiot

        • kkruttlapp says:

          Why are you here?

        • wazon says:

          And you are here, because… (fill the dotted place).

          Suppose counterfactually that BMWs are medicore cars when compared with MB and Audi (or with any other cars you could come up with). Why do you keep telling us virtually the same things all the time? You’ve already told what you think about BMW cars, we’ve already noticed what’s you opinion on them. So, it seems that your work here is done, doesn’t it? Bye.

  2. Alen says:

    Feel free to inform yourself of BMW engine success before posting ridicolous comments…


    And never underestimate the ultimate driving machine. Now go on and enjoy your Merc or Audi…

  3. B anonymous says:

    BMW also won the 3.0-3.5 Litre Category with the N57S, the tri-turbo in the higher-end M Performance models. Why is’nt that mentioned?

  4. Jack says:

    Guys it proves a point. Doesn’t it makes you nasty. Put a Audi or a Old mans car. Sorry Merc next to a Beemer. Which one gets the attention. Not the Audi nor the Merc. I drive a BMW 135i m sport and what a car.

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