• May 10th 2006 at 8:02PM
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Stiff competition from Volkswagen and Toyota failed to unseat BMW's 5-liter V10 engine as the best engine in the world for the second year in a row, according to the judges presenting at the International Engine of the Year Awards 2006 held at Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany. The powerplant also beat out other entrants to win in the categories of Best Performance Engine and Best Above 4.0-liters. BMW also received kudos for the Z4 M's 3.2-liter and twin-turbodiesel 3.0-liter, for a total of five awards.

Subie fans will be pleased to know that the Subaru WRX's 2.5-liter turbo garnered the company's first-ever international engine award in the 2- to 2.5-liter category.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 9 Years Ago
      #11 Jim I think you've hit the nail on the head.
      • 9 Years Ago
      As for an engine still listed with mileage "tbd" on BMW's website, I'm not completely won over with this engine. While I'm sure most who can afford the M5 or M6 that this comes in does not have much of a regard for current rising gas prizes, my respect for this motor could go down if, say, it only gets 8MPG (3.4km/L?).

      Still, congrats for hitting the 100HP/L mark.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I bet if they put DOHCs on that 'advanced' Vette engine it would make 500hp. The z06 would probably make over 600.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The corvette has the transverse plastic leaf spring under the engine, and also the steering rack.

      So a true dry sump engine positioned low enough, would leave more than enough room for a DOC cylinder head.

      There is NOTHING advanced about the intake system of the vette engines. Single throttle (big and bigger) PowerCore air filter is nice though.

      The problem I have with the vette is the solitary intake valve. Time for 3 pushrods & 3 valves per cylinder (none of that forked rocker BS GM has in reserve)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Steve (#23)

      You also make a good point, but with the shorter stroke, the cylinders would need a larger bore to have the same displacement, making the engine have a larger footprint. Also, the torque curve would be moved higher in the RPM range, eliminating one of the benefits of a typical Small Block Chevy, gobs of torque and an extemely flat torque curve.

      And BTW, I would imagine the next generation Vette will have the VVT from the 6.2L V8 that's in the Escalade, and would not be surprised with ~450 hp in a base Vette in the next few years, with an even flatter torque curve. That'll be an amazing engine.

      But back to the BMW, I am thouroughly impressed with the V10, but as someone else said, probably wouldn't be as happy with its peaky nature in day to day driving. Give me a choice of any sedan on a race-track, however, and the M5 is mine.
      • 9 Years Ago
      By technologically advanced you mean just sticking an even bigger engine into a car.
      • 9 Years Ago

      you gotta be kidding me
      • 9 Years Ago
      Sounds like some people are upset that those so called great ls2 and ls7 engines didn't make the list.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'd take a Corvette engine over the BMW for the sheer joy of hearing that old-fashioned pushrod V8 engine roar. I get goosebumps when I hear it.

      • 9 Years Ago
      City: 12 US MPG (19.6 L/100km, or 5.1 km/L)
      Highway: 18 US MPG (13 L/100km, or 7.7 km/L)
      Source: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/compx2005f.jsp?year=2006&make=BMW&model=M5&hiddenField=Findacar
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Best Engine in The World!" 12MPG-18MPG and what power to weight ratio? John Stossel would just say "give me a break!" Does evaluated in Germany ring any bells?
      • 9 Years Ago
      and again, the list is a joke.

      VW winning any award for anything signifies we're not dealing with reality. Also skipping Honda's tremendous ICTDI for the diesel category is a mistake.
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