Thread: BMW N20 and N55 turbocharged and direct injected motors make 2013 Ward's Best 10 Engines list
12-13-2012, 06:27 AM #1
2012 10 best engines according to Ward
It is that time of year where all the lists are produced.
As always Ward produced their list of the 10 best engines.
They base their list on usability, gas consumption, sound, power delivery etc.
2 out of 10 were for BMW power plants.
The list is alfabetical, not 1 to 10.
3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi S4)2.0L N20 Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (BMW 328i)
3.0L N55 Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW M135i)
3.6L Pentastar DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500)
2.0L EcoBoost DOHC I-4 (Ford Focus ST)
5.8L Supercharged DOHC V-8 (Ford Shelby GT500)
2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Cadillac ATS)
2.4L DOHC I-4 (Honda Accord Sport)
3.5L SOHC V-6 (Honda Accord)
2.0L FA DOHC H-4 Boxer (Subaru BRZ)
Note there are no hybrid engines in this list.
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12-14-2012, 11:47 AM #2
BMW N20 and N55 turbocharged and direct injected motors make 2013 Ward's Best 10 Engines list
Congratulations to BMW who continues to rack up engine awards and deservedly so. The new N20 4-cylinder 2.0 liter direct injected turbo motor makes the list for the first time. The BMW N55 (replacement to the N54) single turbo 3.0 liter direct injected and turbocharged six-cylinder makes the list for the second straight year. The Ward's competition differs from the International Engine of the Year award in that only 10 engines are chosen and the price is capped at $55,000 for the cars the engine must appear in.
This makes for a competition that is less exciting than the International Engine of the Year awards but still prestigious targeting a different segment looking more at value, efficiency, vibration, emissions, and technical relevance. Direct injected motors dominated the competition. Congratulations to BMW on two awards out of the ten available.
This year’s winners and the applications tested:
- 3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi A6)
- 2.0L N20 Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (BMW Z4/528i)
- 3.0L N55 Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW 335i coupe)
- 3.6L Pentastar DOHC V-6 (Chrysler 300S/Jeep Wrangler)
- 2.0L EcoBoost DOHC I-4 (Ford Edge)
- 5.0L DOHC V-8 (Ford Mustang Boss 302)
- 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Buick Regal GS)
- 1.6L DOHC I-4 (Hyundai Accent/Kia Soul)
- 2.0L Skyactiv DOHC I-4 (Mazda3)
- 3.5L DOHC V-6 HEV (Infiniti M35h)
12-14-2012, 12:03 PM #3
The pentastar 6 is total garbage, I had a rental car with one. Why the ecoboost edge motor or accent motor come here is beyond me as well... The Evo motor and VW 2.0 Tfsi motor are two that should replace the previously mentioned crappy ones.
12-14-2012, 08:06 PM #4
The N20 is an infinitely superior 2 liter four cylinder. I traded cars with my brother today and took his F30 328i up to Hollywood and back and the only thing I can really complain about is the sound the engine makes, it just doesn't sound very sporty at all and is a little out of place in a BMW.
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12-15-2012, 05:09 PM #82007 335i (100% stock with mods)
N54 is not a German 2JZ lol
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Interesting list. I completely disagree on the ATS and BRZ engines. I've never driven either of them but both have not received much praise from reviewers.