Pride of the powerhouse
VW wins international acclaim, writes MARK HINCHLIFFE
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.