Each year, a panel of experts (our own Marc Lachapelle is part of it) votes and decides which engine is the most worthy of receiving an Engine of the Year award. For this year, there are 12 categories; most of them are split by displacement (less than a litre, 1 to 1.4 litres, 1.4 to 1.8 litres, 1.8 to 2 litres, 2 to 2.5 litres, 2.5 to 3 litres, 3 to 4 litres and over 4 litres), and there are also awards for the Green Engine and the Performance Engine of the Year.
Here are this year’s winners:
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- For engines smaller than 1 litre, the trophy goes to Ford’s three-cylinder Ecoboost mill
- For the 1 to 1.4 litre category, the winner is PSA Peugeot's 1.2 litre turbocharged engine
- For the 1.4 to 1.8 litre segment, it’s the 1.5 litre found in the BMW i8 that won
- Among all mills in the 1.8 to 2 litre category, the jury awarded the prize to Mercedes-AMG's four-cylinder
- Audi wins in the 2 to 2.5 litre class with its turbocharged five-cylinder
- BMW’s M3/M4 engine receives the 2.5 to 3 litre award
- For engines between 3 and 4 litres, McLaren’s twin-turbo V8 was crowned
- And finally, for mills over 4 litres, the trophy went to Ferrari’s V8, the one found in the 458 Speciale
Green engine of the year goes, unsurprisingly, to Tesla’s electric system. The new engine of the year is the i8’s powertrain, while the performance award was given to Ferrari’s V8.
And from among all these, the 2015 Engine of the Year trophy was awarded to BMW’s electric-hybrid powerplant.