• Apr 17, 2008

The "International Engine of the Year Award" is a big deal as far as bragging rights go in this industry. Think of it like the Academy Awards for engines. However, instead of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voting, you have 62 renowned motoring journalists, from 30 countries, casting ballots for their favorite fossil fuel burner.

Last year's winner (pictured above) was BMW's twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-6. This year's list of nominees includes Nissan's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 (found in the Nissan GT-R), Mitsubishi' 2.0-liter twin-turbo I4 (Mitsubishi EVO X), Audi's 5.2-liter V10 (Audi S8), Chevrolet's 6.2-liter supercharged V8 (Corvette ZR1), and BMW's 4.0-liter V8 (BMW M3). Let's sit back and listen to the orchestra for a bit... the winners don't get announced until May 7, at Engine Expo 2008, in Stuttgart, Germany.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      this should go to the GT-R, the EVO engine is basically a update of the older engine, and the other engines are just monstrosities, anyone can make power with larger displacement!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Forced induction IS adding displacement
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought the EVO was sporting the new "World Engine" design. Found all the way to the Dodge Caliber model..
        • 6 Years Ago
        Any one can make more power with multiple turbos as well. Kinda the point of installing turbos, no?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Would you care to explain how the ~0.2L difference between the M3's V8 and the GT-R's V6 is sufficient difference to qualify the V8 as a "monstrosity", while somehow allowing the V6 to escape the same label?
      • 6 Years Ago
      how about an award for "best musical score" from an engine?

      with all the plastic covers these days, i guess we can have an award for "best engine wardrobe" too....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Musical Score? The industry decided not to bother with an award since Aston Martin would scoop them all..
      • 6 Years Ago
      GT-R FTW
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the General's thinking. What we need here are more cubic inches, not overhead cams!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nothing, I said I liked the Generals thinking! No sarcasm invovled (speeds back to work in his pushrod driven Tahoe)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd love a QOHC. :D
        • 6 Years Ago
        Overhead cam? Ridiculous... GM's OHV engines are second to none when it comes to power per lb and performance per dollar. I still don't understand why some people think that cam-in-block engines aren't "advanced".
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hardy;
        And the problems with pushrod engines are....?
      • 6 Years Ago
      GT-R should win no-doubt and I am 335 owner.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Being a fellow 335 owner, I'll have to agree with you on that one but I think the M3's 4.0 will give it a run for it's money.
      • 6 Years Ago
      3.8 liter twin turbo got my vote, GT-R
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anyone know a source for finding out the weight of the engines? I always hear the GM guys extolling the virtue of lbs/hp, and, while I'm not a corvette fanboy, I do appreciate the Collin Chapman theory of vehicle design.

      I used to be impressed by hp/liter, but find that argument less compelling than I used to - unless the engine in question is lighter/smaller as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What criteria do these clowns base their winners on????

      I think that all these fools do is review a 3-5 brochure specs and base their finding on that. They do no independent scientific qualitative or quantitative data gatehring what so ever.

      What a joke the engine awards are!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah but don't forget the LS9 is FI. You really can't compare that to the NA BMW. The V8 is really an amazing piece of engineering as you said, more power and torque while weighing less. It's also the world's most advanced engine at the present. The ECU does somewhere around 200,000,000 calculations per second.
        • 6 Years Ago
        See above...

        The naturally aspirated LS3 makes 430HP and 424lb-ft of torque... the supercharger is just the cherry on top.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Right. 430hp from a 6.2L. The BMW makes 414 from a 4L. That's 1/3 less displacement for a 16hp power loss. Face it, American engineering is and has been lagging behind the rest of the world.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it were up to me, the engine of (well, beginning last year, really) the year would be the Bugatti W16, and indeed, the engine of the year for every year after

      but from this list, I would pick the GT-R one
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the engines are to be specifically available to US customers then a more appropriate title would be "American Engine of the year", which could be open to engines from international companies that sell in the US if you like.

      Of course the world is a big place and so "International Engine of the Year" should not mean it must be sold in the US, any more than it should have to be sold in Botswana.

      The US being only one market and not one that reflects the vehicles, engines or choices available to other markets around the world or vice versa. The idea that an engine should be excluded because you can't buy it in Texas or where ever in the United States is illogical for an award claiming to be "international".


      Dan
        • 6 Years Ago
        Kinda like the World Series, which is only in North America for baseball.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish I knew what metrics are used to make this decision. Is it just which they feel is the most interesting?

      I would say the Audi V10, because I love my VW/Audi engines. But, I don't find it particularly interesting.

      I love the new Nissan GT-R, so the VR38DETT seems impressive. But I think Nissan developed just as much into the car as they did the engine, and most of my impression is from the car not the engine. I expect any highly boosted 3.8L V6 to have 500hp.

      I would have to pick the BMW M3 4.0L V8. It has many points of development that are interesting. It is high revving, lighter than the old I6 it replaces. It has a nice power band, and a beautiful sound.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If the VR38 gets the award, it should be co-shared between Nissan and Cosworth.
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