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      12-10-2014, 03:46 PM   #1
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Two BMW engines win awards in Ward's 10 Best Engines

BMW and Chrysler are the only manufacturers with two engines making the list

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The 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines are:

127-kW Electric Motor (BMW i3 electric vehicle)
6.2L OHV V-8 (Chevrolet Corvette Stingray)
6.2L Supercharged OHV V-8 (Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat)
1.0L Turbocharged DOHC 3-cyl. (Ford Fiesta)
100-kW Fuel Cell (Hyundai Tucson FCV)
1.5L Turbocharged DOHC 3-cyl. (Mini Cooper)
3.0L Turbodiesel DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500 EcoDiesel)
2.0L Turbocharged DOHC H-4 (Subaru WRX)
1.8L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volkswagen Jetta)
2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volvo S60)

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Ward's 10 Best Engines of 2015 Announced by Penton's WardsAuto
Honorees span most diverse and technically advanced engines in 21 years of recognized powertrain excellence

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton's Wards 10 Best Engines of 2015 have been announced. A 707-hp fire-breathing V-8 and a hydrogen-powered fuel cell emitting nothing but water vapor were among all-new or improved powertrains evaluated by the editors of WardsAuto to produce its annual Ward's 10 Best Engines list.

To be eligible for the Ward's 10 Best Engines competition, an engine or propulsion system must be all-new or significantly re-engineered and available in the U.S. market with a base price not exceeding $60,000. This year's pool of 37 nominees includes last year's 10 winners and 27 new entries. Eight WardsAuto editors drove the vehicles in October and November in their routine daily commutes around metro Detroit. Editors scored each engine based on power, torque, technology, observed fuel economy, relative competitiveness and noise, vibration and harshness characteristics.

The 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines are:

127-kW Electric Motor (BMW i3 electric vehicle)
6.2L OHV V-8 (Chevrolet Corvette Stingray)
6.2L Supercharged OHV V-8 (Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat)
1.0L Turbocharged DOHC 3-cyl. (Ford Fiesta)
100-kW Fuel Cell (Hyundai Tucson FCV)
1.5L Turbocharged DOHC 3-cyl. (Mini Cooper)
3.0L Turbodiesel DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500 EcoDiesel)
2.0L Turbocharged DOHC H-4 (Subaru WRX)
1.8L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volkswagen Jetta)
2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volvo S60)

"We spend a lot of time reading the powertrain tea leaves throughout the auto industry, and we're proud that this year's list is a microcosm of all the latest innovation coming from automakers," says WardsAuto World Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter. "It's not just a list for enthusiasts or for environmentalists," he says. "There's something for every vehicle shopper and every budget. All the powertrains on this list deliver a first-rate driving experience."

The awards will be presented to top powertrain executives from the winning automakers at a January 14 ceremony in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show. In the coming weeks, WardsAuto.com and the January issue of WardsAuto World magazine will provide commentary, profiles of the winning engines, videos and more information about the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines.

About WardsAuto
WardsAuto is a world-leading provider of automotive insights and analysis, having served the industry's information needs for more than 90 years. A Southfield, MI-based division of Penton, WardsAuto provides a forward-looking perspective on all aspects of the automotive business, from the tech center to the plant floor to the showroom. Its services include the premium WardsAuto.com resource and suite of customizable data reporting tools, the WardsAuto Interiors and WardsAuto Outlook Conferences, and digital newsletters and magazines. Subscribe to WardsAuto and attend its events by visiting http://www.wardsauto.com.

About Penton
Penton drives performance for more than sixteen million professionals each and every day. They rely on us to deliver: Insights, information & workflow tools to inform critical business decisions; networking & community to engage them with industry peers & partners; and data & marketing services to advance their business performance & deliver ROI.

Penton is a growth company with a track-record of strong performance and success and is backed by its co-owners: MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP.

For additional information on the company and its businesses, visit www.penton.com.
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The electric motor from the i3 and the 3-cylinder 1.5L from the Mini are the engines? Oh, how times have changed...
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The electric motor from the i3 and the 3-cylinder 1.5L from the Mini are the engines? Oh, how times have changed...
Yeah it was just recently that BMW won for the N20 and N55 engines.

But can't fault them for coming out with efficient engines such as the one in the i3 and the new 3 cylinder engine.
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Yeah it was just recently that BMW won for the N20 and N55 engines.

But can't fault them for coming out with efficient engines such as the one in the i3 and the new 3 cylinder engine.
Not too long ago it was the likes of BMW's S85, S65, S54, and N54 that were dominating Ward's and International Engine of the Year awards.
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Not too long ago it was the likes of BMW's S85, S65, S54, and N54 that were dominating Ward's and International Engine of the Year awards.
The N55 won international engine of the year in it's category this year.

Small displacement and efficient engines have dominated the international and ward's engine of the year voting as of late, look at the list and compare to previous years. Only 2 high output engines on that list, and the 1.0L Ford I3 has won overall International engine of the year twice and ward's last year.
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Not too long ago it was the likes of BMW's S85, S65, S54, and N54 that were dominating Ward's and International Engine of the Year awards.
I don't think the S85 or the S65 has ever won but I could be wrong. I say that because to be considered the engine has to be in a car that doesn't have a base price of more than $60k or something around that figure.
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Is there a price cutoff? That hellcat doesn't exactly come cheap.

I'm bummed to see the M57 fall off the top of the 2014. Great efficiency/performance 1-2 punch with that engine.
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Is there a price cutoff? That hellcat doesn't exactly come cheap.

I'm bummed to see the M57 fall off the top of the 2014. Great efficiency/performance 1-2 punch with that engine.
I believe it's $60k. The Hellcat starts at $59,995 so it just squeaks by.
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Not too long ago it was the likes of BMW's S85, S65, S54, and N54 that were dominating Ward's and International Engine of the Year awards.
I don't think the S85 or the S65 has ever won but I could be wrong. I say that because to be considered the engine has to be in a car that doesn't have a base price of more than $60k or something around that figure.
It was introduced in the E92 M3 and was chosen as International Engine of the Year for the 3.0 to 4.0 L category in 2008, 2009, 2010,[1] 2011, and 2012.
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It was introduced in the E92 M3 and was chosen as International Engine of the Year for the 3.0 to 4.0 L category in 2008, 2009, 2010,[1] 2011, and 2012.
I understand that but that's a different award with different criteria than Ward's Top 10 Engines.
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That ford 1L ecoboost engine is winning all the awards
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such lame engines lol. turbocharged this, turbocharged that, electronic this, those things come a dime a dozen
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Wow the s55 didn't win.. That's odd. Also wheres N55?
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such lame engines lol. turbocharged this, turbocharged that, electronic this, those things come a dime a dozen
+1 the good old days of high revving N/A are gone. Replaced by soulless turbo chargers.
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Wow the s55 didn't win.. That's odd. Also wheres N55?
Again, the engine has to be in cars that have a base price of no higher than $60k which knocks out the S55. The N55 has been in it in the past but is no longer. That's because in order to be eligible, the engine also has to be brand new or significantly revised.

Both the N54 and N55 have won the award in their first year in production.
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Yeah it was just recently that BMW won for the N20 and N55 engines.

But can't fault them for coming out with efficient engines such as the one in the i3 and the new 3 cylinder engine.
Not too long ago it was the likes of BMW's S85, S65, S54, and N54 that were dominating Ward's and International Engine of the Year awards.
There's still a place for those types of engines (Hellcat, Corvette). They just aren't being offered by BMW anymore.
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No Boxster? No Cayman? No Porsche? Don't they have all new engines? Surely it has to be better than these econobox-turbocharged-dime a dozen-sound like shit-boring engines right?
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No Boxster? No Cayman? No Porsche? Don't they have all new engines? Surely it has to be better than these econobox-turbocharged-dime a dozen-sound like shit-boring engines right?
Send your outrage to Ward's Auto. They also take into account efficiency into their decision hence why you see so many "econobox-turbocharged-dime a dozen-sound like shit-boring engines" as you so eloquently put it.

Plus I don't think the engines in the Boxster and Cayman are all new.

Who knew people would get so worked up over an arbitrary list.
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