BMW has celebrated the fact that its three-litre twin-turbo engine has been named international engine of the year for the third year in a row.
In 2005 and 2006, the automaker’s five-litre V10 engine, which powered the M5 and M6 models, was recognised at the engine of the year awards in Stuttgart, Germany.
This year the six-cylinder, three-litre unit has been acknowledged. The engine was first launched in the 335i coupe but is now also available in saloon, touring and convertible models.
Jim O’Donnell, BMW UK’s managing director, said the automaker was "immensely proud" to receive the award at the Engine Expo ceremony, saying that the accolade was also well timed, to coincide with the manufacturer’s new Efficient Dynamics programme.
"With its two turbochargers, the six-cylinder engine delivers the power and torque normally associated with a larger V8, but with the economy and emissions expected of a 2.5-litre car," Mr O’Donnell said.
"As a result, owners can benefit from the dynamic driving experience expected of any BMW, yet potentially save hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds in fuel costs throughout their ownership."
The manufacturer won a total of seven awards for four engines, with last year’s winning engine â€“ the five-litre V10 â€“ named the best performance unit of 2007.