BMW most successful engine manufacturer
Source: BMW Group
V 10 power unit featured by the BMW M5/M6 voted "Engine of the Year" yet again, M3 engine is class leader for the sixth time,
3.0-litre twin turbo diesel best diesel engine for the second time.
Never before in the history of the “Engine of the Year Award” has the situation arisen whereby an engine was voted power unit of the year twice in succession. The V 10 high performance engine powering the BMW M5/M6 has now managed to achieve this remarkable feat and was voted “International Engine of the Year 2006” in Stuttgart by around 60 renowned trade journalists from all over the world. Moreover, it received the coveted award “Best Performance Engine 2006”, finally taking first place in the class exceeding 4 litres cubic capacity.
However, BMW M engineers were able to win laurels not only for this high-revving, 507 bhp five-litre engine. The 3.2-litre straight-six engine sported by the BMW M3 with 343 bhp and now also featured in the BMW Z4 M Roadster and Z4 M Coupe, again caused a sensation. It was winner in the class from three to four litres cubic capacity for the sixth time in a row. No engine has managed to do this since this renowned competition was held for the first time.
But the list of engine successes does not end here. Also, the three-litre twin turbo diesel engine with 272 bhp powering the BMW 535d took first place in the class from 2.5 to 3.0 litres cubic capacity, rendering it the only winning diesel engine in the competition. Second place was clinched by the new BMW 3-litre six-cylinder petrol engine used in almost all series and boasting either 258 or 265 bhp, depending on the model.