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BMW engine gets several top honours at the 2008 awards


BMW continues to dominate the International Engine of the Year awards. The German carmaker’s power plants scooped up the top honours in six categories at the 2008 awards, including the prestigious ‘International Engine of the Year’ prize for the second consecutive year.

The award-winning 3-litre in-line six, twin-turbo petrol engine does duty on BMW’s 135 and 335 saloons and X6 crossover and features precise fuel-metering and a high compression ratio. Two small turbochargers, each feeding three cylinders, make for little or no lag in throttle response.

Indeed, another BMW class-winner was its 2-litre diesel twin-turbo unit, which thanks to its ability to sip just 5.2L/100km yet deliver 204bhp, bagged the ‘Best New Engine of the Year’ at the tenth edition of the awards held on may 7 in Stuttgart. And the co-engineered BMW-PSA 1.6-litre Turbo engine with a strong 175bhp also won the keenly contested 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre category.

The powerful BMW unit was one of seven engines that use turbocharging to achieve high power output from smaller displacement engines that use less fuel and produce less CO2. In fact, greener, smaller displacement turbocharged engines won seven of the 11 categories. But power and performance still ruled with the winners generating a combined 3,376bhp!

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