The powertrain of the impressive BMW i8 has been voted the International Engine of the Year, which is the official award of the British publication Engine Technology International.
The Engine of the Year Award is currently in its 17th year and it has become an important marketing tool for the winning automakers. The jury is made up of automotive journalists from across the globe and this year it has included 65 members from 31 countries. The powertrain was awarded a total of 274 pointed by the judges and was picked thanks to its impressive performance, to the low emissions and the good fuel economy.
The BMW i8’s unit has managed to kick out the EcoBoost 3-cylinder unit, which has managed to win the award for three years in a row, but it was very close of being named the International engine of the Year for the fourth time, because only 7 points have separated the two powertrains this year. The powertrain is made out of a 1.5l 3-cylinder turbocharged engine connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels, along with a single electric motor sending power to the front wheels. The total output produced is 362 HP and the 0 to 100 km/h sprint takes 4.4s. In the performance engine category, the 4.5 liter V8 naturally aspirated engine equipping the 458 Italia, 458 Spider, 458 Speciale and 458 Speciale A has been declared the winner, surpassing the Mercedes-AMG GT’s 4.0l twin turbo V8. This was also voted the best engine over 4.0l of displacement. The best green engine award was given to the Tesla Model S.