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International Engine of the Year Award Goes to BMW

BMW has recently been shopping for awards--- imagine seven awards for four of its engines! Yes, readers BMW has received that your heart out Mercedes!

Anyway as expected, BMW with its top of the line BMW computer chip has once again emerged as the most successful brand at the International Engine of the Year Awards for 2007 - the world's most important engine competition. And for the third time in a row, the Award's panel of judges, which consists of 62 high ranking international automobile journalists from 30 countries, decided to give the principal prize - the highly-coveted "International Engine of the Year" - to the Bavarian automobile automaker.

Yes folks, the new BMW 3.0 liter Twin Turbo petrol engine that was fitted in South Africa to the BMW Series Coupe and Convertible and would also soon debut in the sedan took home the bacon. And that's not the only BMW engine that won the award, the world's first in-line 6 cylinder engine with Twin Turbo technology also from BMW came out topping two other categories. It won the "Best New Engine of the Year 2007" including the 2.5 - 3.0 liter capacity class.

Aside from the engine's massive pulling power, the judges were particularly impressed with the high-efficiency and performance of the 225 kW power unit. The 9.5 liters per 100 kilometers in the BMW 335i Coupe is considered extremely moderate based on the EU norm for this performance class.

The Twin Turbo achieves such combination of power and efficiency through BMW's High precision Injection system which is the first ever to be produced in high-volume production. It also allows accurate metering of the air-fuel mixture.

The V10 high-performance engine which is equipped in the BMW M5 and M6 has won two awards. The 373 kW power package with a capacity of 5 liters received the award for "Best Performance Engine of the Year" for the last two years in a row and also won in the engine class over 4.0 liters capacity. This remarkable engine has been able to win the "International Engine of the Year" award for 2005 and 2006 respectively.

The 2.0 - 2.5 liter Award was won by the 2.5 liter 6-cylinder petrol engine with VALVETRONIC which is found under the bonnet of the BMW 325i, BMW 525i, the Z4 Roadster 2.5si, and the X3 2.5si. Its fully variable valve control was utilized for the first time in 2001 and since then was employed in millions of vehicles. The 2.5 liter 6-cylinder petrol engine with VALVETRONIC produces 160 kW and founded BMW's philosophy of efficient dynamics. According to jury member Rogelio Rivera-Nava from Mexico, "You can hear the 2.5-litre engine from a long way off due to its exquisite sound. The in-line 6-cylinder construction provides the basis for the technical purity of this most famous of all BMW engines. It is a pleasure to drive it."

This is not yet the end of the prize series for BMW Group it has also won the 1.4 - 1.8 liter category but was tied with PSA Peugeot Citroen which happens to be BMW's partner in developing the 1.6 liter turbo engine. This engine powers the MINI Cooper S giving it 128 kW. It will also be equipped in some models that these two automakers will develop together.

BMW for the last nine years has been able to win over 38 of the most coveted "International Engine of the Year Award" trophies making it as the most successful automaker in the history of the competition. This also signifies BMW's ingenuity in the field of engine construction.

About The Author Evander Klum is a Business Administration graduate who hails from Alabama. He enjoys extreme sports and he is also a car racing fanatic. At present, he works as a marketing manager at an advertising agency in Cleveland.
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