• May 18, 2011
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Italy knows how to put an engine together – at least, according to the International Engine of the Year voting committee. The votes have been tallied, and Fiat has taken home four out of 12 awards. The company's 875-cc TwinAir mill has earned the title of Best New Engine of 2011, Green Engine of the Year, Sub 1.0-liter Engine of the Year and International Engine of the Year. Ferrari helped Italy earn two more awards, with the 458's 4.5-liter V8 unit being crowned Best Engine Above 4.0-liters and Best Performance engine. All told, Italian powerplants claimed half of the awards handed out.

BMW was no slouch, however, with the German automaker acquiring four awards in the competition. Audi and Volkswagen also earned recognition. A great showing, but the Italians earn the win thanks to Fiat taking the top prize. Click past the jump to read the full press release and learn more about the International Engine of the Year awards.
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LESS IS MORE: FIAT'S TWO-CYLINDER MARVEL DOMINATES INTERNATIONAL ENGINE OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2011!

Fiat's diminutive 875cc, two-cylinder is judged to be world's finest engine by a jury of 76 international motoring journalists
Downsized, economical internal combustion engines more popular and 'greener' than hybrid and electrical powertrains
Ferrari contributes to the Italian domination: Fiat and Ferrari take home 6 of the 12 Awards!
The results of the 2011 International Engine of the Year Awards have today been announced at Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany. The global jury, consisting of some of the world's most respected and popular motoring journalists, voted Fiat's innovative and diminutive 875cc two-cylinder TwinAir the greatest automotive engine available today! The tiny turbocharged engine impressed judges with its extremely low emissions, high fuel economy and impressive power of 85bhp. The unit can be found powering Fiat's hugely fashionable '500' model.

Dean Slavnich, editor of Engine Technology International and co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards, says: "Fiat has now produced one of the all-time great engines. Who would have thought that a two-cylinder unit could have won the International Engine of the Year title when we launched the Awards in 1999? Its triumph is a clear signal that less is more: people want low-emission, fuel-efficient yet powerful engines, and just two cylinders certainly seems to provide a comprehensive solution!"

Indeed, the TwinAir engine not only managed to scoop the overall International Engine of the Year title, but it was also victorious in the Best New Engine, Best Sub 1-litre, and Best Green Engine categories, even beating zero-emission pure electric vehicle engines from Nissan and Mitsubishi in the latter category.

Joining Fiat in its success was compatriot and stablemate Ferrari, the judges finding it hard not to be impressed by the Italian car maker's mighty new 570bhp, 4.5-litre V8 engine as featured in the 458 Italia. This wonderful and potent powerplant scooped both 'Best Performance Engine' and 'Above 4-litre' category trophies.

But it was not just the Italian manufacturers who tasted success: BMW is always dominant in the Awards and 2011 has been no exception. The German marque bagged four category wins, including the '3-litre to 4-litre' category for its 4-litre V8 found in the M3; the '2.5-litre to 3-litre' category for its 3-litre DI Twin Turbo fitted across much of its range; the '1.8-litre to 2-litre' category for its 2-litre Twin Turbo diesel engine found in the 123d and X1; and the '1.4-litre to 1.8-litre' category for its 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine co-developed with PSA Peugeot Citroën, which also scooped the same Award.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen's 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger engine, which won the overall International Engine of the Year title in both 2009 and 2010, once again defended its crown in the '1-litre to 1.4-litre' category.


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      RJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      So one company (Fiat and Ferrari) grabbed six out the the awards? Not bad. Did anyone notice how most of these engines are hiding under a black plastic cover? How boring.
        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RJC
        I'm with you, and that's why I love looking at the finned aluminum cam covers and polished intake runners on my trusty Alfa 164 V6.
      loloh
      • 3 Years Ago
      "...Best Green Engine categories, even beating zero-emission pure electric vehicle engines from Nissan and Mitsubishi in the latter category." In your face Nissan and Mitsubishi
        jolz24
        • 3 Years Ago
        @loloh
        i guess in future they will have an electric power plant category
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      I actually think Audi/Porsche/VW's 3.0TSFI should have taken the crown from BMW's inline-six. More power, and torque, and makes 380hp in hybrid guise. Or at least the hybrid setup should've made it. It's a great engine.
      rocketmoose
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad the Audi inline-5 got an award. It's the sweetest sounding of all the motors there, imo.
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      Forza Ferrari! Show 'em how it's done boys.
      seanleeforever
      • 3 Years Ago
      okay. so i can expect Fiat engine will be a lot more reliable than other engines out there? oh did i just put Fiat and Reliable in one sentence? my bad.
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        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        What planet were you on when the Italians debited the JTD common rail units back in the mid 90s?
          Shiftright
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          No kidding. Who had the first variable valve timing technology? That would be Alfa in the early 80s. They also had DOHC aluminum engines, fuel injection 5 speed transmission and 4 wheel disc brakes in family sedans in the 60s, and De Dion rear suspensions with rear transaxles and inboard disc brakes in the 70s. Fiat has always been a master of small engines, and packaging as well.
          loloh
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          With the Alfa Romeo 156. Then every brand followed the same path with their engines
      peakarach1
      • 3 Years Ago
      LFA should have won the best engine for the next decade unless someone can come up with a better one.
      sinistro79
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's no doubt all of the BMW fanboys will come out to criticize the results of these awards on the sole basis that Fiat brands took half of the victories here. We need to keep in mind that the winners were determined by a committee of experts looking into a wide range of attributes or each engine. The recognition here is deserved and legitimate.
      Adam
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shouldn't be Fiat and BMW Dominate since they both had 4 each?
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