A group of motoring journalists from around the world decided the small powerhouse was better than the 4.5-litre V8 in Ferrari’s 458 Speciale which finished second overall while claiming Performance Engine of the Year title.
Finishing third overall, was Volkswagen’s trusty 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger motor which also took best 1.0 to 1.4-litre Engine of the Year award. The VW motor has been around for a while and continues to impress the motoring media at large. Fourth place overall and New Engine of the Year honours went to the Mercedes-Benz AMG 2.0-litre fitted to the A45, CLA45 and GLA45. Bringing up fifth place is an engine that we do not get here in South Africa, the Tesla full-electric powertrain which beat out its green rival, the BWM 647cc two-cylinder electric-gasoline range extender from the SA-bound i3 for the Green Engine of the Year title.
Other highlights include the 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine from BMW/PSA receiving the best engine in the 1.4 to 1.8-litre class while in the 2.0 to 2.5-litre class Audi claimed the title with its 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo. BMW once again took the 2.5 to 3.0-litre class with its 3.0-litre TwinPower turbo six cylinder unit. McLaren were also among the victors when it claimed the best engine between 3.0 and 4.0 litres with its turbocharged 3.8 litre V8.