The BMW Group Receives Several Awards for its Innovative Engines

The BMW Group has propelled itself into the lead yet again as the world’s most successful automotive brand, receiving top recognition at the highly acclaimed International Engine of the Year Awards 2012 as well as from the SAM Group for its Business and Environment Sustainability achievements.

“Every year, we at BMW strive to improve on the ground breaking developments and innovation which have made us one of the most dynamic brands in the world. We are honoured to be recognised for these achievements as it signifies that our efforts are not going unnoticed and that we are making a difference in the world.” said Mr. Sashi Ambi, Corporate Communications Manager, BMW Group Malaysia.

The premium carmaker went home with four out of the eight award categories at the recent 2012 Engine of the Year Awards, making BMW the most successful auto manufacturer in the internationally renowned engine contest.

Sealing the best-in-class victories were the 1.6 litre turbo unit of the MINI Cooper S; the revolutionary four-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology which powers the highly successful BMW 328i, BMW 528i and the BMW Z4 sDrive 28i; the straight-six with M TwinPower Turbo of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the mighty V8 of the legendary BMW M3.

This year’s international panel of judges were made up of 76 motoring journalists from 36 countries, once again making the Awards the most sought after by automakers for its depth of view, professional standards and impartiality.

With the latest accolades, the BMW Group continues its winning streak in what is widely regarded as the world’s foremost engine competition with wins in more than 50 classes and the overall winner title since 1999. The 2012 competition saw the prize in the 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre displacement class handed to the engine that drives the MINI Cooper S, in a reprise of its success last year. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder develops peak output of 135 kW/184 hp with the help of a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct petrol injection and variable valve control based on the BMW-patented VALVETRONIC technology. Among the key attributes of this unit is not only its eager power delivery but also exemplary efficiency for its class.

Likewise, providing enhanced driving pleasure coupled with extremely low fuel consumption and emission figures is the new 2.0-litre engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The 180 kW/245 hp four-cylinder turbocharged unit with High Precision Direct Injection and VALVETRONIC instantly won over the judges to capture the trophy in the 1.8-litre to 2.0-litre category. This engine is currently powering the new BMW 328i, BMW 528i and BMW Z4 sDrive28i in the country.

The top accolade in the 2.5-litre to 3.0-litre class went to a six-cylinder in-line engine whose technology has already wowed the judges several times previously. Both in 2007 and in 2008, this 3.0-litre powerplant with twin turbochargers, High Precision Injection and Double-VANOS took the overall prize in the Engine of the Year Awards. It serves as the basis for both the M TwinPower Turbo unit inside the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the BMW TwinPower Turbo engine of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is. Delivering 250 kW/340 hp, this thrillingly high-revving straight-six has reached its highest output level. The upshot is truly outstanding performance that has garnered it a further Engine of the Year Award.

An achievement of this calibre is only exceeded by the string of successes claimed by the fourth BMW Group award-winner in 2012. For the fifth time in a row, the V8 engine of the BMW M3 high-performance sports car provides the measure of all things in the 3.0-litre to 4.0-litre displacement class. Bolstering the undiminished appeal of the 4.0-litre naturally aspirated engine are its hallmark M high-revving concept, peak output of 309 kW/420 hp and outstanding thrust. Beyond this, the eight-cylinder is compelling for its remarkable efficiency thanks to the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration and other Efficient Dynamics technologies.