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    • End of an era, BMW N54 and S65 motors finally knocked out of the International Engine of the year awards, BMW takes home two 2013 Awards N20 and N13

      Well it is a changing of the guard and the end of an era of dominance for BMW at the International Engine of the Year Awards. 2013 marks the end of the N54 twin turbo inline-6 and S65 V8 appearing on the list. The S65 V8 lost this year as not only is the E9X M3 at the end of its model run but the more than worthy McLaren M838T took home the award in the 3.0 to 4.0 liter category. The S65 V8 ends its run with 5 straight awards in the 3.0 to 4.0 liter category.


      The BMW N54 in the 2.5 to 3.0 liter category was replaced by the Porsche 2.7 liter direct injected flat-6 which sees duty in the 981 Boxster and Cayman. The N54 dominated its displacement category with six straight wins. The only other BMW motor above 2.0 liters to have six straight victories in its category is the S54 from the E46 M3. The BMW N13 currently has the most with 7.

      The N54 finishes as the most awarded six cylinder BMW motor in history when its six straights victories for its displacement class are also added to its win in the Best New Engine award category as well as two overall International Engine of the Year awards. That means nine awards total for the motor exceeding the eight the BMW S54 received but one less than the S85 V10 which overall has the most with 10. BimmerBoost believes the S54 is the superior motor but things like efficiency are very important to the panel and the N54 is more fuel efficient than the S54. It is not just performance that rules with the judging panel.

      The BMW N20 makes the list for the second year in a row in the 1.8 to 2.0 liter category where it is very deserving. The upcoming 360 horsepower 26 pounds of boost turbo four cylinder Mercedes M133 which will see duty in the CLA45 AMG is the only motor likely to rival it in this category.

      The BMW N13 gets its seventh straight award in the 1.4 to 1.8 liter category making for the only BMW motor to exceed 6 straight victories in its class. Excellent work and worthy of admiration certainly.

      Congratulations to BMW although BMW brought home four total awards last year. BMW remains well in first place as the most awarded engine manufacturer in the International Engine of the Awards in the competitions history.







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      1. bobS's Avatar
        bobS -
        N54 ftw

        Throttle response can be tuned...somewhat...my Bren tuning cobb protune throttle response is way better than the stock software. I'm sure BMW will tune the throttle response and do some other things to make the s55 satisfy m drivers....at least I hope so.
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SexiPYm3 Click here to enlarge
        Then go buy a Porsche and quit complaining. Sheesh. Out of the S65, N54, and S54, the S54 is King of performance. Period. People spend so much time bickering about evolution. Suck it up and face it. The S55 will punish the S65. Ok, it won't rev to 8500. OK. Accept it already.
        The equivalent would be for someone to say to an airline pilot - oh, sorry - we went ahead and removed the manual steering/yoke... We found that the computer is more consistent, and we want to ensure the safety of our passengers and give them the most stable flight... Now, imagine this pilot still has to sit in the plane; he went to school, been through the marines/army/air-force - was his/her dream to fly/etc.. It's sort of like that. There has been a reason the M3 was special to me - ever since I was a kid. I chose the M3 as a car I said "one day I will have that" as opposed to a boosted 300ZX for a reason. It was always special - because they (BMW) allowed the engineering team to build a bespoke engine with insane razor sharp response AND make the car handle like crazy. Now, we are getting something we know will not be as sharp/chiseled - and that sucks. It's brand loyalty (at least for me) - I love my M3, loved my E46 M3 - and can foresee that I won't want to buy the next one, and that sucks.

        Maybe the engine will be amazing - who knows; just saying the history of boosted engines shows that they can't match what the M3 made special. It sounds like they are building a machine to save cost, get better mileage, stick with the same engineering philosophy (modular 500cc/cylinder engines), etc. - as opposed to doing what's BEST for the car. Yes, it is about the RPMs - but that was the entire M philosophy. It's like selling audio systems for 10 years, and making them insanely great - winning tons of awards because of this one type of capacitor (just making up an analogy) - and putting a name brand on it, and advertising against the brand and touting "it's in the capacitor". You buy one, it's getting old - and then the company keeps the brand, but puts some piece of garbage capacitor in it. I don't care how many watts it has - it won't be the same. It's not about the power all the time, it's about the package. This particular package always had a high revving NA engine with individual throttle bodies. Now it's changed because the head of BMW want's to save money by going modular with their engine families - and reuse crap across brands. IDK - it's just frustrating, probably more so if you own one. I can see an outside observer not caring - because they wouldn't understand it.

        You are probably right, the S55 will win the area under the power curve contest vs. the S65. There is almost no doubt in my mind this will be true. However, will it respond to a few mm of throttle change? Will I be able to mash the gas pedal down completely to the floor, and lift back up again without ANY perceptible change in acceleration? That's how the current turbo engines are from BMW. The S65 and S54 (and all priors) are leap years ahead of even GOOD NA engines in this regard. This means nothing if all you want to do is go fast, but if you like to carve canyons, take your car to a track, etc. - this is what the M3 used to be built for, now it's not (it seems).

        LOL - that was long... Hope it makes sense.
      1. SexiPYm3's Avatar
        SexiPYm3 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
        The equivalent would be for someone to say to an airline pilot - oh, sorry - we went ahead and removed the manual steering/yoke... We found that the computer is more consistent, and we want to ensure the safety of our passengers and give them the most stable flight... Now, imagine this pilot still has to sit in the plane; he went to school, been through the marines/army/air-force - was his/her dream to fly/etc.. It's sort of like that. There has been a reason the M3 was special to me - ever since I was a kid. I chose the M3 as a car I said "one day I will have that" as opposed to a boosted 300ZX for a reason. It was always special - because they (BMW) allowed the engineering team to build a bespoke engine with insane razor sharp response AND make the car handle like crazy. Now, we are getting something we know will not be as sharp/chiseled - and that sucks. It's brand loyalty (at least for me) - I love my M3, loved my E46 M3 - and can foresee that I won't want to buy the next one, and that sucks.

        Maybe the engine will be amazing - who knows; just saying the history of boosted engines shows that they can't match what the M3 made special. It sounds like they are building a machine to save cost, get better mileage, stick with the same engineering philosophy (modular 500cc/cylinder engines), etc. - as opposed to doing what's BEST for the car. Yes, it is about the RPMs - but that was the entire M philosophy. It's like selling audio systems for 10 years, and making them insanely great - winning tons of awards because of this one type of capacitor (just making up an analogy) - and putting a name brand on it, and advertising against the brand and touting "it's in the capacitor". You buy one, it's getting old - and then the company keeps the brand, but puts some piece of garbage capacitor in it. I don't care how many watts it has - it won't be the same. It's not about the power all the time, it's about the package. This particular package always had a high revving NA engine with individual throttle bodies. Now it's changed because the head of BMW want's to save money by going modular with their engine families - and reuse crap across brands. IDK - it's just frustrating, probably more so if you own one. I can see an outside observer not caring - because they wouldn't understand it.

        You are probably right, the S55 will win the area under the power curve contest vs. the S65. There is almost no doubt in my mind this will be true. However, will it respond to a few mm of throttle change? Will I be able to mash the gas pedal down completely to the floor, and lift back up again without ANY perceptible change in acceleration? That's how the current turbo engines are from BMW. The S65 and S54 (and all priors) are leap years ahead of even GOOD NA engines in this regard. This means nothing if all you want to do is go fast, but if you like to carve canyons, take your car to a track, etc. - this is what the M3 used to be built for, now it's not (it seems).

        LOL - that was long... Hope it makes sense.
        I completely understand what you are getting at. I too share some similar thoughts, but I've just decided to sit back and see what happens. Funny you mention a 300zx, I've actually owned 3. lol. My E46 M3, I love, and is a completely different car. I've had my share of cars to experiment and test. I would love to see another high revving na M motor. But because of the economy, evolution, other car brands, and many other factors, BMW has decided to go in a different direction. This might turn out to be a spectacular thing. There are a high number of enthusiasts that want to see a FI M3 just as there are just as many enthusiasts that want the M3 to retain a high rev na motor. But at some people, do the people quit crying and complaining and just wait and see. All this complaining is getting old now. So if you are going to talk about other car brands doing what BMW should be doing and you don't like the direction of BMW, then go to another brand. That simple.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SexiPYm3 Click here to enlarge
        Then go buy a Porsche and quit complaining. Sheesh. Out of the S65, N54, and S54, the S54 is King of performance. Period. People spend so much time bickering about evolution. Suck it up and face it. The S55 will punish the S65. Ok, it won't rev to 8500. OK. Accept it already.
        I'm supposed to go buy a Porsche because BMW has denied the consumer the choice? And it's better to not even voice anything about it? Oh no, I will talk about the demise of M for eternity.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Wannbm5 Click here to enlarge
        Anyone know how the S85 faired back in its run? I would think it would have equalled the s65 but I know it did not which is odd given it was one of the very few v10's and has all the technology and response of the v8. The thing with the s65 and I am not knocking it as I am ridiculously in love with my m3, is the 3-4 category is kind of weak and there are no other v8's it goes up against. If it was a test of the best v8 than I think it would fair a lot worse. It kind of makes you wonder if there is some thought of this in design because winning that award is a huge marketing tool for bmw and tehy use it in a lot of their press. Keeping it at 4L means they dominate that 3-4 category
        The S85 did very well.

        2 International Engine of the Year Awards.
        1 Best New Engine Awards
        3 Best Performance Engine Awards
        4 Best above 4.0 liter awards

        Actually, that makes 10 awards beating the N54. Whoopsies good catch! N54 remains most awarded six-cylinder.
      1. Q4P's Avatar
        Q4P -
        I am going to guess these are the awards where price doesn't matter. Mclaren motor wins 3-4L category... well no $#@!...lol
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SexiPYm3 Click here to enlarge
        I completely understand what you are getting at. I too share some similar thoughts, but I've just decided to sit back and see what happens. Funny you mention a 300zx, I've actually owned 3. lol. My E46 M3, I love, and is a completely different car. I've had my share of cars to experiment and test. I would love to see another high revving na M motor. But because of the economy, evolution, other car brands, and many other factors, BMW has decided to go in a different direction. This might turn out to be a spectacular thing. There are a high number of enthusiasts that want to see a FI M3 just as there are just as many enthusiasts that want the M3 to retain a high rev na motor. But at some people, do the people quit crying and complaining and just wait and see. All this complaining is getting old now. So if you are going to talk about other car brands doing what BMW should be doing and you don't like the direction of BMW, then go to another brand. That simple.
        Makes sense... I miss my E46 M3 - loved that thing. Click here to enlarge
      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        The S55 will win awards no doubt. Interesting the S63 isn't doing too well though.
        Ha...S63 got beat out by the AMG 5.5L V8.

        S63 won't ever when this award. No way it is going from 4th to first in the future.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BlackJetE90OC Click here to enlarge
        S63 won't ever when this award. No way it is going from 4th to first in the future.
        Agreed, says a lot though.