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BMW dominates the International Engine of the Year Awards

BMW dominates the Internationa...
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The V0 BMW engine from above
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The V0 BMW engine from above
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The F1 motor to which the V10 bears a striking resemblance
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The F1 motor to which the V10 bears a striking resemblance
The five litre V10 on the production line
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The five litre V10 on the production line
BMW's six cylinder diesel engine has variable twin-turbocharging
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BMW's six cylinder diesel engine has variable twin-turbocharging
BMW's six cylinder diesel engine has variable twin-turbocharging
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BMW's six cylinder diesel engine has variable twin-turbocharging
VW's 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger
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VW's 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger
VW won the "best new engine award" with its 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger
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VW won the "best new engine award" with its 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger
The Golf 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger went within a whisker of taking out the biggest prize.
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The Golf 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger went within a whisker of taking out the biggest prize.
Subaru's first award in the IEOY came when it took out the 2.5 litre class
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Subaru's first award in the IEOY came when it took out the 2.5 litre class
Cutaway drawing of the M3 engine
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Cutaway drawing of the M3 engine
Cutaway of the BMW variable twin turbo diesel engine that won the 3 litre class
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Cutaway of the BMW variable twin turbo diesel engine that won the 3 litre class
Complex plumbing on BMW's variable twin turbo diesel engine that won the 3 litre class
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Complex plumbing on BMW's variable twin turbo diesel engine that won the 3 litre class
The understated allure of the M5 - looks like Clark Kent, goes like Superman.
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The understated allure of the M5 - looks like Clark Kent, goes like Superman.
The V10 M5 motor on the dyno
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The V10 M5 motor on the dyno
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May 11, 2006 BMW has dominated the 2006 International Engine of the Year Awards held at the annual Engine Expo in Stuttgart, winning the Best Performance Engine and International Engine of the Year for the second year running with its 5-litre V10. The Bavarian car maker also won awards for its Z4 M 3.2-litre (3-litre to 4-litre ) and twin-turbodiesel 3-litre (2.5-litre to 3-litre )in this year’s competition, and hence took ALL awards for engines greater than 2.5 litres, giving it a total of five trophies. The unit saw tough competition from the likes of Volkswagen’s new 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (which won Best New Engine) and the previous IEOY title holder, Toyota’s 1.5-litre Hybrid Synergy Drive Prius, which in 2006 also won the 1.8-litre and the Fuel Economy categories. Subaru picked up its first ever gong in the 2-litre to 2.5-litre category for its 2.5-litre Turbo engine used in the Impreza and Forester models and Saab’s 9-2X.

The IEOY awards are judged by a panel of 61 motoring journalists from 29 countries, the Awards highlight and acknowledge underhood engineering excellence. In every category, the panelists judged each shortlisted engine using their subjective driving impressions and technical knowledge, and took into account characteristics such as fuel economy, noise, smoothness, performance and driveability. The jurors each had 25 points to spend on their five favourite engines in each class. The maximum points that could be allocated to one engine was restricted to 15, while the minimum reward was one mark. An engine could not be tied for the top slot.

Juror Frank Markus from America’s Motor Trend magazine said of the BMW V10: “A technological tour de force, and about the closest one can come to buying a Formula One engine for the road”, while Japan-based automotive freelancer Peter Nunn commented, “The BMW V10 is a masterclass in exhilarating power, sound, response and brilliant packaging that comes as standard.”

2006 WINNERS

Best New Engine 2006: Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (Golf) Best Fuel Economy: Toyota 1.5-litre Hybrid Synergy Drive (Prius) Best Performance Engine: BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6) Sub 1-litre: Honda 1-litre IMA (Insight) 1-litre to 1.4-litre: Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (Golf)1.4-litre to 1.8-litre: Toyota 1.5-litre Hybrid Synergy Drive (Prius) 1.8-litre to 2-litre: Volkswagen 2-litre Turbo (Golf, Audi A3, A6, SEAT Leon, Skoda Octavia) 2-litre to 2.5-litre: Subaru 2.5-litre Turbo (Impreza, Forester, Saab 9-2X)2.5-litre to 3-litre: BMW 3-litre Twin-Turbo Diesel (535d) 3-litre to 4-litre: BMW 3.2-litre (M3, Z4 M) Above 4-litre: BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6) International Engine of the Year 2006: BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6)

2005 WINNERS

Best New Engine: BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6)Best Fuel Economy: Toyota 1.5-litre Hybrid Synergy Drive (Prius)Best Performance Engine: BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6)Sub 1-litre: Honda 1-litre IMA (Insight)1-litre to 1.4-litre: Fiat-GM 1.3-litre Diesel1.4-litre to 1.8-litre: Toyota 1.5-litre Hybrid Synergy Drive (Prius)1.8-litre to 2-litre: Volkswagen 2-litre FSI Turbo (Golf GTi, Audi A3, A4)2-litre to 2.5-litre: Honda 2.2-litre Diesel (Accord, CR-V, FR-V)2.5-litre to 3-litre: BMW 3-litre Twin-Turbo Diesel (535d)3-litre to 4-litre: BMW 3.2-litre (M3)Above 4-litre: BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6)International Engine of the Year 2005: BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6)

2004 WINNERS

Best New Engine: Toyota Hybrid Synergy DriveBest Fuel Economy: Toyota Hybrid Synergy DriveBest Performance Engine: Mercedes-AMG 65 (S65, CL65)Sub 1-litre: Honda 1-litre IMA (Insight)1-litre to 1.4-litre: Honda 1.3-litre IMA (Civic)1.4-litre to 1.8-litre: Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive1.8-litre to 2-litre: Honda 2-litre (S2000)2-litre to 2.5-litre: BMW 2.5-litre (325i, X3, 525i Z4)2.5-litre to 3-litre: Mazda RENESIS Rotary (RX-8)3-litre to 4-litre: BMW 3.2-litre (M3)Above 4-litre: Volkswagen 5-litre V10 TDi (Touareg, Phaeton)International Engine of the Year 2004: Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive

2003 WINNERS

Best New Engine: Mazda RENESIS Rotary (RX-8)Best Fuel Economy: Honda 1.3-litre IMA (Civic) Best Performance Engine: Mercedes-AMG 55 (CL55, E55, S55, SL55)Sub 1-litre: Honda 1-litre IMA (Insight)1-litre to 1.4-litre: Honda 1.3-litre IMA (Civic)1.4-litre to 1.8-litre: MINI Supercharged 1.6-litre (Cooper S)1.8-litre to 2-litre: Honda 2-litre (S2000)2-litre to 2.5-litre: BMW 2.5-litre (325i, 525i, Z4)2.5-litre to 3-litre: Mazda RENESIS Rotary (RX-8)3-litre to 4-litre: BMW 3.2-litre (M3)Above 4-litre: Volkswagen 5-litre V10 TDi (Touareg, Phaeton)International Engine of the Year 2003: Mazda RENESIS Rotary (RX-8)

2002 WINNERS

Best New Engine: BMW 4.4-litre ValvetronicBest Fuel Economy: Honda 1-litre IMABest Concept: GM AUTOnomySub 1-litre: Honda 1-litre IMA1-litre to 1.4-litre: Honda 1.3-litre IMA1.4-litre to 1.8-litre: Toyota 1.8-litre VVTL-i 1901.8-litre to 2-litre: Honda 2-litre (S2000)2-litre to 2.5-litre: PSA Peugeot-Citroën 2.2-litre Hdi2.5-litre to 3-litre: BMW 3-litre3-litre to 4-litre: BMW 3.2-litreAbove 4-litre: BMW 4.4-litre ValvetronicInternational Engine of the Year 2002: BMW 4.4-litre Valvetronic

2001 WINNERS

Best New Engine: BMW 3.2-litreBest Fuel Economy: Honda 1-litre IMABest Concept: Saab SVC Sub 1-litre: Honda 1-litre IMA1-litre to 1.4-litre: Volkswagen Group 1.4-litre Tdi1.4-litre to 1.8-litre: BMW 1.8-litre Valvetronic1.8-litre to 2-litre: Honda 2-litre (S2000)2-litre to 2.5-litre: PSA Peugeot-Citroën 2.2-litre Hdi2.5-litre to 3-litre: BMW 3-litre3-litre to 4-litre: BMW 3.2-litreAbove 4-litre: Ferrari 5.5-litreInternational Engine of the Year 2001: BMW 3.2-litre

2000 WINNERS

Best Eco-friendly: Toyota Hybrid PriusBest Fuel Economy: Honda Hybrid 1-litre InsightBest Concept: DaimlerChrysler Necar 4Sub 1-litre: Honda Hybrid 1-litre Insight1-litre to 1.4-litre: Toyota 1.3-litre VVTi1.4-litre to 1.8-litre: Honda 1.8-litre (Accord) 1.8-litre to 2-litre: Honda 2-litre (S2000)2-litre to 2.5-litre: Alfa Romeo 2.5-litre V6 2.5-litre to 3-litre: BMW 3-litre Tdi3-litre to 4-litre: BMW 4-litre V8 TdiAbove 4-litre: Ferrari 5.5-litre V12International Engine of the Year 2000: Honda Hybrid 1-litre Insight

1999 WINNERS

Best Eco-friendly: Toyota Prius HybridBest Fuel Economy: Volkswagen 1.2-liter TdiBest Concept: DaimlerChrysler Necar 4Sub 1-litre: Toyota 1-liter1-liter to 1.4-litre: Volkswagen 1.2-liter Tdi1.4-liter to 1.8-litre: Toyota Prius Hybrid1.8-liter to 2-litre: Volkswagen 1.9-liter 110PS Tdi2-liter to 2.5-litre: Audi 2.5-liter V6 Tdi2.5-liter to 3-litre: BMW 3-liter Tdi3-liter to 4-litre: BMW 4-liter V8 TdiAbove 4-litres: BMW 5.34-liter V12International Engine of the Year 1999: Toyota Yaris 1-liter

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