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    • BMW takes home 4 awards from International Engine of the Year competition - N54 and S65 continue dominance

      The International Engine of the Year award competition is incredibly interesting for automotive enthusiasts. The competition awards the engineering that goes into motors in a variety of categories. This is a competition that BMW has traditionally dominated being the most awarded manufacturer in the competitions history. BMW has twice as many awards as the second place competitor, Honda. This year, 2011, the BMW N54 continued its run winning its fifth straight title for best 2.5 - 3.0 liter engine. The S65 V8 won for the 4th straight year in the 3.5 to 4.0 liter category. BMW also won in the 1.4 to 1.8 liter category as well as the 1.8 to 2.0. Mercedes was knocked out completely.


      This article was originally published in forum thread: BMW takes home 4 awards from International Engine of the Year competition - N54 and S65 continue dominance started by Sticky View original post
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      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        we need some clarification, the say BMW Twin Power turbo won the prize, both N54 and N55 are Twin Power Turbo.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        we need some clarification, the say BMW Twin Power turbo won the prize, both N54 and N55 are Twin Power Turbo.
        What clarification is necessary? The N54 won its category, not the N55.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        What clarification is necessary? The N54 won its category, not the N55.
        no one mentioned N54, they said BMW TwinPower Turbo I6.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        no one mentioned N54, they said BMW TwinPower Turbo I6.
        It's the N54, from the official website:

        With its classic in-line six engineering configuration, the DI twin-turbo, which powers a raft of BMW vehicles, including the 1 M Coupe, continues to impress the IEOTYA jury. “The pulling power from this engine is absolutely awesome, besides also having the typical finesse of all the BMW six-cylinders,” comments Arturo de Andres from Automovil in Spain.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        Weird, also it's mentioned in the official site :
        The twin scroll turbo brings no compromise to that astounding
        torque spread and wonderful responsiveness
        also in many forums/blogs it's said :
        The jury voted once again for the 3-litre, 225 kW/306 bhp straight six-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which is also featured in the new BMW 5 Series, in the new BMW X3 as well as in a 235 kW/320 bhp version of the new BMW 6 Series Convertible and the new BMW 6 Series Coupé.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        Weird, also it's mentioned in the official site :
        Well on the official site they mention the motor in the 1M which is an N54.

        The other blogs and sites seem to have gotten it wrong.
      1. Eleventeen's Avatar
        Eleventeen -
        Can't really blame anyone for getting that wrong. "Twin Power" sounds more like two turbos than one turbo (with a twin scroll). I have no idea what BMW was thinking with that name...very misleading. Click here to enlarge
      1. Forced Air's Avatar
        Forced Air -
        They were thinking...no one will know we changed it to one less turbo if the name still has a twin turbo esq cool sound....Click here to enlarge
      1. deemo319's Avatar
        deemo319 -
        Great job BMW AG. The N54 is sweet. The S65 is a great engine. Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Forced Air Click here to enlarge
        They were thinking...no one will know we changed it to one less turbo if the name still has a twin turbo esq cool sound....Click here to enlarge
        Heh, this is likely exactly right.

        Way too confusing though.
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        It works, quite a few people still think the N55 is still a twin turbo, even the salesmen
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Scourge82 Click here to enlarge
        It works, quite a few people still think the N55 is still a twin turbo, even the salesmen
        Yep, I just don't understand why BMW is calling it that.
      1. leo985i's Avatar
        leo985i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Yep, I just don't understand why BMW is calling it that.
        Doesn't make sense, just like most of the decisions they have been making lately.......top management clearly needs to be replaced with old management. This company is changing radically........
      1. lughed's Avatar
        lughed -
        This is why i stick with BMW. Even if we dont agree with there direction, they are still doing it better than anyother.
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by lughed Click here to enlarge
        This is why i stick with BMW. Even if we dont agree with there direction, they are still doing it better than anyother.
        True BMW is still ahead of the pack, but Mercedes and Audi are not far behind and are catching up very quickly. Luckily the ball is still in BMW's court.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Scourge82 Click here to enlarge
        True BMW is still ahead of the pack, but Mercedes and Audi are not far behind and are catching up very quickly. Luckily the ball is still in BMW's court.
        Yes, but now all the motors are going to so similar from BMW, Mercedes, and Audi. It's going to be boring.
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Yup it's going to be boring for a while. This is just one of the products of a declining global economy. Their thinking is why spend all this money on making completely different engines and components, while we can make them similar and spend the money saved on more efficient engines. I guess it's not a bad thing depending on how you look at it.
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        I see both sides of the coin on this too... Look at the VG/VQ series of engines from Nissan - they are still running strong - keep increasing displacement or add a blower when needed for power. It's quite a good series of engines, I am pretty sure they have won numerous awards also - but have also heard after the 3.5L to 3.7L move, it has too much NVH.

        Although M series engines are in a whole different league, in general, for their "normal" cars, I think this will drive “continuous improvement” engineering efforts. Imagine throwing a turbo on a lower compression S54B32 with DI (I know, doubtful) <-- would be something hard to beat. Add DSG to the mix, and you have a bad ass car – can’t even imagine the tuning possibilities.

        On the other hand, you have Ferrari making exotic NA engines like the one in the 458 – the engineering is just insane... Near 18 MPG in the combined cycle, 9000 RPM redline, flat plane crank and ~560 horses all in a nice compact package… Click here to enlarge

        If the M division would take a cue from them, it would be the ultimate (unbeatable?) package. The least they can do is some serious weight reduction – it’s starting to get a bit ridiculous for a sports car.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
        On the other hand, you have Ferrari making exotic NA engines like the one in the 458 – the engineering is just insane... Near 18 MPG in the combined cycle, 9000 RPM redline, flat plane crank and ~560 horses all in a nice compact package…
        This is why it deserved the win for performance engine of the year award as well as best motor above 4.0 liters.
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        This is why it deserved the win for performance engine of the year award as well as best motor above 4.0 liters.

        I remember reading an article in EVO magazine (re: 458 Italia) - I used to favor the Porsche 911/997.2 Turbo (PDK) as a favorite car, this took it place after the second paragraph or so. :-)

        Amazing to say the least.