How bigger engines are winning top awards again
Published 15/06/2016 | 02:30
While we report elsewhere about how engines are getting smaller, the 2016 International Engine of the Year winner provides a different perspective.
It has been 10 years since BMW's V10 in the M5 won the award. Since then it has been a story of smaller following smaller. Right down to Fiat's 875cc two-cyl winning in 2011. Then Ford's 1.0 3cyl dominated.
But this year's winner is the Ferrari's 3.9 twin-turbo V8 in the 488. It has technologies that will trickle down to other FCA products, in turn raising the standard of powertrains around the world.
BMW won 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre category with its 1.5-litre 3cyl, PSA retained the 1-litre to 1.4-litre title for its 1.2-litre 3cyl turbo and Ford claimed the sub 1-litre award for the 1.0 EcoBoost in, among others, the Fiesta (pictured). Others included: Tesla's Green Engine, Audi's 2.5-litre 5cyl turbo, Mercedes-AMG's 2-litre turbo in the A45, CLA45 and GLA45 models and Porsche (2.5-litre to 3-litre class) for the new 3-litre 6cyl turbo in the 911 Carrera.
* The International Engine of the Year Awards involve 62 motoring journalists from 31 countries. Padraic Deane of Automotive Publications represents Ireland.