BMW scoops engine of the year award

BMW has won three awards in the International Engine of the Year Award, there by highlighting its top position this year as manufacturer of particularly powerful and efficient engines. In the world’s most significant engine contest, the V8 power unit featured in the BMW M3, the straight-six with Twin Turbo Technology, in the BMW 3 Series, the BMW 1 Series and the BMW X6, as well as the four-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged engine in the MINI Cooper S, all scored triumphant victories in their respective classes. The Awards were presented on 17 June 2009 at the Engine Expo in Stuttgart. “This triple victory continues the BMW Group’s story of success in the International Engine of the Year Award. In this contest, held since 1999, BMW engines have brought home overall victory no less than six times, including the last four consecutive years,” BMW says. This year’s three winners once again thrilled the jury through their fascinating development of power as well as their up-to-date efficiency. In the engine category between 3.0 and 4.0 litres the V8 power unit featured in the BMW M3 successfully defended the title it had already won last year. The 309 kW/420 hp 4.0-litre makes a substantial contribution to the success of BMW’s high-performance sports car in the market, now available in the guise of the BMW M3 Coupé, the BMW M3 Saloon, and the BMW M3 Convertible. The 3.0-litre 225 kW/306 hp six-cylinder with Twin Turbo and High Precision Injection, in turn, this year dominates the engine category between 2.5 and 3.0 litres for the third time in a row.

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