Let's face it: The Engine of the Year Award ( EOTY ) is less than 17 years old, most consumers it should nevertheless be interested only in passing. Rather, he has become the darling of the marketing departments that in case of victory can decorate with a fancy logo EOTY their advertisements. 65 journalists from around the world nominate for a terribly complicated points key their favorite unit in the same twelve different categories. Critics argue that the choice one could give themselves really, because at the end anyway the Ford EcoBoost three-cylinder and Audi 2.5 - liter five-cylinder TFSI have all trophies to take home ( felt those two machines in the past five years all cleared, what's clear away ). Yet when Engine of the Year Award 2015 came ( at least a little ) otherwise. And the choice of the winner in the Hauptkatogerie " International Engine of the Year " may be considered real surprise.
Why? Because for the first time a hybrid is high. BMW 362 hp 1.5-liter three-cylinder hybrid of the i8 fetches the engines overall victory. Close behind lands said 1.0 - liter EcoBoost three-cylinder ( 100 to 125 hp ) from Ford, followed by the amazing vital 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbo ( 110 and 130 hp ) from the PSA group.
In the class under one liter displacement little triumphs surprisingly also Ford's EcoBoost three-cylinder. The category to 1.4 liters displacement in turn fetches the famous Citroën and Peugeot 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbo. For motors up to 1.8 liters of i8 plug-in hybrid wins title number two. If you like the wild 2.0 - liter turbo with 360 hp from the Mercedes A45 AMG, then you're like the EOTY jury in the class up to 2.0 liters. As in previous years, Audi wins 2.5 - liter turbo from RS3 and RS Q3 clearly in the class up to 2.5 liters displacement.
For motors up to 3.0 liters of 3.0 - liter twin-turbo straight-six wins from the BMW M3 / M4. Despite his often maligned sound of 431-horsepower engine was able to convince the jury. Surprise in the class up to 4.0 liters displacement: the 3.8 - liter twin-turbo V8 with 540-675 hp McLaren ends up before the new and quite magnificent 4.0 - liter twin-turbo V8 from Mercedes - AMG ( 467 to 510 hp ). Noteworthy: The technically and sonically brilliant AMG eight-cylinder can not einheimsen an award. Because with the so-called " Performance Engines " triumphs of stratospheric rotating 4.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 from Ferrari, the 458 makes the 570-605 hp. The Italian dream aggregate was now replaced by a twin-turbo V8, but may also take the trophy in the class over 4.5 liters to take home.
The price for the green engine of the year 2015 goes Tesla. Its powerful electric motor, it brings in the luxury sedan Model S to benefits 380-700 hp and combines brutal thrust with everyday use ranges. About one of the most coveted awards, the new release of the year, then may once pleased with his BMW 1.5 - liter three-cylinder hybrid more. All winners can also be seen in our photo gallery . ( sw )