Pride of the pow­er­house

VW wins in­ter­na­tional ac­claim, writes MARK HINCH­LIFFE

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

AS­MALL en­gine is the big win­ner in the In­ter­na­tional En­gine of the Year awards. Volk­swa­gen’s 1.4-litre TSI Twin­charger won the over­all award and the green cat­e­gory, end­ing BMW’s four-year dom­i­nance.

The small yet pow­er­ful VW Twin­charger en­gine is avail­able in the Golf and Jetta, in sev­eral VWs over­seas and the Seat Ibiza Cupra.

Volk­swa­gen Group Aus­tralia spokesman Karl Gehling says the TSI en­gines are avail­able in sev­eral new mod­els and ‘‘will be avail­able in fu­ture mod­els, such as the new Polo that will ar­rive next year’’.

The tur­bocharged and su­per­charged 1.4-litre won the 1-litre to 1.4-litre cat­e­gory and was voted Green En­gine of the Year, beat­ing new elec­tric-hy­brid pow­er­plants from Toy­ota and Honda.

Awards co-chair­man Dean Slavnich calls the VW en­gine a ‘‘mas­ter­stroke of down­siz­ing tech­nol­ogy’’.

‘‘I have no doubt this en­gine will be­come the tem­plate for a new gen­er­a­tion of highef­fi­ciency, small-ca­pac­ity en­gines,’’ Slavnich says.

The four-cylin­der pumps out up to 118kW and 240Nm from 1500rpm, yet in the Golf with seven-speed DSG auto trans­mis­sion, fuel con­sump­tion is rated at 6.2 litres/100km while emit­ting 143g of CO2 a kilo­me­tre.

Ger­man pow­er­train en­gi­neer­ing dom­i­nated the an­nual awards, winning 11 of the 12 cat­e­gories.

BMW’s mighty ‘‘M Power’’ 4.0-litre V8 topped the 3-litre to 4-litre cat­e­gory and its 3-litre DI twin turbo won the best 2.5-litre to 3-litre en­gine. It scored four points be­hind the Twin­charger in the over­all award.

The Mu­nich gi­ant also shared a cat­e­gory win with the PSA Group for its 1.6-litre turbo en­gine in the 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre cat­e­gory.

This en­gine pow­ers the Mini Cooper S, Mini Club­man and Peu­geot 207 and 308.

Mercedes-Benz had three wins. Its 2.1-litre CDI diesel won the 2-litre to 2.5-litre cat­e­gory and its pow­er­house, the AMG-de­vel­oped 6.2-litre V8, won the Above 4-litre cat­e­gory. The same unit won Per­for­mance En­gine of the Year.

Audi was re­warded for its 2-litre, four-cylin­der TFSI en­gine in the 1.8-litre to 2-litre cat­e­gory, and Porsche’s 3.8-litre flat-six won New En­gine of the Year.

The awards are judged by 65 jour­nal­ists from 32 coun­tries, in­clud­ing two from Aus­tralia.

Winning stroke: the Volk­swa­gen Golf is one of the cars to use the 1.4-litre Twin­charger en­gine.

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