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Direct injection power plants sweep 2012 Ward’s Auto 10 Best Engines award

By SYF77 on 16 Dec 2011

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Ward's Auto has just released its annual 10 Best Engines list. Without further ado, here are the award winners for 2012:

Engine (Application)
3.0-litre TFSI Supercharged DOHC V6 (Audi A6)
2.0-litre N20 Turbocharged DOHC I4 (BMW Z4/528i)
3.0-litre N55 Turbocharged DOHC I6 (BMW 335i Coupe)
3.6-litre Pentastar DOHC V6 (Chrysler 300/Jeep Wrangler)
2.0-litre EcoBoost DOHC I4 (Ford Edge)
5.0-litre DOHC V8 (Ford Mustang Boss 302)
2.0-litre Turbocharged DOHC I4 (Buick Regal GS)
1.6-litre DOHC I4 (Hyundai Accent/Kia Soul)
2.0-litre Skyactiv DOHC I4 (Mazda3)
3.5-litre DOHC V6 HEV (Infiniti M35h)

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7 out of 10 of the award winners feature direct injection technology, which is meant to boost power and fuel efficiency. 50% of the winning entries are fitted with either a turbocharger or supercharger. This outcome should not come as a surprise as more companies are offering these technologies on their motors. A case in point is the VW 1.4-litre ‘Twincharger’, which utilizes all 3 applications.

Congratulations to BMW and Ford for clinching 2 awards in this year’s contest. Special commendation goes to Ford’s 5.0-litre DOHC V8, Audi’s 3.0-litre TFSI and BMW’s 3.0-litre N55 for clinching the award for 2 consecutive years. Toyota and Honda have not been able to bag any award for the past 2 and 3 years respectively. Perhaps Toyota may get lucky next year with their newly introduced 2.0-litre Boxer engine with direct injection. The engine is powering the all-new Toyota 86 coupe.

Below are photos of some of the award winners:

Hyundai 1.6-litre DOHC I4

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Mazda 2.0-litre Skyactiv DOHC I4

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Ford 2.0-litre EcoBoost DOHC I4

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Buick 2.0-litre Turbocharged DOHC I4

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SYF77
Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



 
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