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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.

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    we need some clarification, the say BMW Twin Power turbo won the prize, both N54 and N55 are Twin Power Turbo.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    Great job BMW AG. The N54 is sweet. The S65 is a great engine. Click here to enlarge

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    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.

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    It works, quite a few people still think the N55 is still a twin turbo, even the salesmen
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    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.

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    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........

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    This is why i stick with BMW. Even if we dont agree with there direction, they are still doing it better than anyother.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.
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    BMW engineering/engines/etc.

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    18 MPG for 458? honestly i've never reached 18 MPG in M3, 15 at most.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
    18 MPG for 458? honestly i've never reached 18 MPG in M3, 15 at most.
    458 is direct injected and lighter.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    458 is direct injected and lighter.
    Yes but it has more displacement, also it idles at around 2000rpm, I never went higher than 3000 rpm in daily driving.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
    Yes but it has more displacement, also it idles at around 2000rpm, I never went higher than 3000 rpm in daily driving.
    It's also newer, higher compression, and badass.

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