• Dec 7, 2010
Wards Auto has announced its 10 Best Engine Winners for 2011, and not surprisingly, fuel-efficient creations like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf (the first EV to get the award) both found their beating hearts among the winners. Likewise, the 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI found favor with the judges for its green credentials, though the 10 Best list didn't simply stick to the eco warriors of 2011 for its picks. Lumps like the 5.0-liter V8s in the 2011 Ford Mustang GT and Hyundai Genesis also made the cut.

We're glad to see that the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 from Chrysler is slotted among this year's winners. The engine single-handedly managed to improve vehicles like the Dodge Avenger and Journey by leaps and bounds, throwing in excellent fuel economy and power at the same time. In fact, of all the engines on the list, we'd have a hard time finding an argument against any of the winners. Head over to Wards for a closer look.

[Source: Wards]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      - You Should see the FPV(Ford Performance vehicles - Australia) version of the 5.0

      They have redone the internals - about 40% of the engine is new. the engine is packing 335kw (450hp) @ 5,750rpm and 570Nm (420lb-ft) @ 2,200rpm - 5,500rpm. Its has a harrop supercharger fitted running low boost, so it doesnt have to intercooled.

      It powers the 1835kg (4045 pounds) RWD sedan from 0-100km (62mph) in 4.9secs and 0-402m in 12.9-13.0 secs

      It would intersting to see this engine in the mustang with the flat torque curve.




        • 4 Years Ago
        The Ford Falcon couldnt run the same ECU as the mustang so it had to be changed or something if i remember correctly.

        Some tests are saying that its actually getting about 400-450hp at the wheels stock, so it may be a little under rated.

        the big difference is the torque. 570Nm from the 2,200rpm to 5,500rpm - there is no curve, its dead flat. that with it been paired up with a 6 speed ZF, its a weapon for a sedan that half the price of a C63 AMG in australia which has 600nm that at 5,000rpm ish.

        This engine in the mustang GT would get the GT500 a big run for its money. considering the 4.9sec 0-100km/h (62mp/h) in a full size RWD sedan. considering the Taurus SHO only does 6.0 (i think) and it has AWD. but i think the taurus is heavier thou.

        and this engine is for the run of the mill GT engine..... there is to be GTHO or GT-H with 400kw on the horizon.

        So both FPV engines are Big Torque monsters... the F6 has the Turbo inline 6 with 565Nm from 2,200rpm - 5,250rpm ( again its flat as) and 310Kw (415hp) again 0-100km/h (62mph) 4.9 and the 0-402m has been recored between 12.7sec to 13.0sec (stock) and 80km/h-120km/h tst gave 2.7secs = which equalled a 911 turbo at the time for the same test. again this was a full size sedan, i think the 911 is quicker now on the 80-120 test.
        • 4 Years Ago
        hmm... so they detune it and added a sc?

        cuz the coyote here is making around 370 at the wheels... ( 420)... no power adders and right at around 525 at the wheels at 7-8 pounds of boost... stock internals.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Even though it hasn't been on the list for a few years now, it's still weird not seeing the Nissan VQ up there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @DevilishPersona

        I don't think that stereotype is too well deserved... the VQ40DE in my 07 frontier reliably spits out 23 mpg on the highway at ~75 mph. Its been a paycheck saver living 350+ miles from anywhere I'd rather be while needing a pickup.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The VQ is a good engine but it stops there. The thing gets similar fuel economy to a 1969 427 Big Block Chevy.

      • 4 Years Ago
      The new 5.0 is one of the better looking engines out there. Lately they have been covering them in a plastic shield like they dont want anyone peeking underneath it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What amazes me is how clean it looks under that hood. Even without the cover, there is not a nexus of wires, hoses, and... stuff. It just looks simple and beautiful.

        I would rank the 5.0 higher on the list though. Getting that power and fuel economy out of a N/A car is simply stunning to me. Scientific beyond words.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford is behind? Um, the 5.0 Mustang will outrun a 5th Gen. Camaro with the 6.2L.

        Funny, I bond with my car by actually driving it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Brian, don't get your panties in a twist. There's nothing wrong with plastic intake runners. But they don't make an engine look sexy. As you mention, that's not the #1 criteria for an engine, but it did happen to be what we were talking about, so it bears mention.

        Engine displacement is a useless measure when you compare across engine technologies. It's not even a good measure of actual engine size.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Plastic intake runners work fine, but they don't look great. No one is going to pop the hood to bond with their sexy plastic intake runners.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Whats wrong with plastic intake runners
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. I like the new 2010 body style, but under the hood is the best looking part. From the 5.0 to the track pack sway bar.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wut? I thought the Camaro and the Mustang's V6 engines were better than Pentastar.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That 5.0 is one sexy bitch
      • 4 Years Ago
      No Ecoboost? Oh, well...
      • 4 Years Ago
      So by Wards own admission this list is pointless. "tried to make sure that there was an engine for everyone." Forget picking winners based on merit, we gotta make sure we placate the masses. Political correctness fail.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not so much political correctness as marketing correctness.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing. You beat me to it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Every class under at certain price point. Otherwise the Nissan VQ engine would have kept its streak with the GTR's engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the point of that was to pick the best engine from every class. I'd rather have it like this than filled with only hyper car engines that a great number of reads may never own.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wierd not to find Juke´s engine
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ward's does it own testing and will report specifics on each winning engine, next month. They usually announce the winners in December, with more detailed analysis for January. I believe the Nissan VQ engine is the one that has won the most years, although not for the last 2. Fords Triton's are the 2nd, "most winning" engine family in Wards. Ecoboost 3.5L won last year, it would have won this year if it had the upgraded 400HP which we won't see for another year. Shocked the Pentastar is there though. I wasn't impressed by it, and looks like something that would have won 3 years ago...at 290HP, its nothing special, Fords Duratec 3.7L in the Mustang should have taken it. Nissan, Toyota, and Honda are absent from the list. Not surprising since they've been resting on their laurels and have not yet waken up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sad to see the Ford Ecoboost 3.5 didn't make the cut. It's hugely versatile and I'm disappointed the Pentastar is on there and this isn't.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that BMW turbo 6 the one the had a huge recall on?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think so, its the new single turbo version.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeas it was the N54 that had the Turbo and HPFP recall... of course BMW in their wisdom used the exact same HPFP from the N54 that has caused all the problems, on the new N55...
        There are already numerous reports of them failing in the same way on the N55's...
        Great pick there....
      • 4 Years Ago
      What I'm surprised about is the absence of a Honda engine. Then again, maybe I shouldn't be too surprised. Step it up already, Honda!
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