Nar­row win for V8

Weekend Witness - - News - ALWYN VILJOEN

FER­RARI and Jaguar topped the 2019 En­gine and Pow­er­trains of the Year Awards, an­nounced on Thurs­day in Stuttgart, Ger­many.

The awards are judged by an in­de­pen­dent jury that com­prises 70 au­to­mo­tive jour­nal­ists from 31 coun­tries, in­clud­ing Ni­col Louw from Cae mag­a­zine in South Africa.

The pan­el­lists judged each short­listed en­gine us­ing their sub­jec­tive driv­ing im­pres­sions and tech­ni­cal knowl­edge, tak­ing into ac­count char­ac­ter­is­tics such as fuel econ­omy, smooth­ness, per­for­mance, power de­liv­ery, noise and over­all drive­abil­ity. The ju­rors each had 25 points to award to their five favourite engines in each cat­e­gory. A max­i­mum of 15 points could be al­lo­cated to an en­gine, and the min­i­mum was one point.

Dur­ing the early stage of vot­ing, the old-school V8 and new-look elec­tric mo­tors were neck-in-neck, but in the end, Fer­rari’s 3,9-litre again won the over­all ti­tle for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year as well as the Best Per­for­mance En­gine award.

How­ever, the writ­ing seems to be on the wall for the “no re­place­ment for dis­place­ment” phi­los­o­phy, as the full-elec­tric whine of Jaguar Land Rover’s mod­ern pow­er­train placed only 97 points be­hind Fer­rari’s sonorous en­gine, de­ployed in the 488 se­ries. The elec­tric driv­e­train is cur­rently only used in the Jaguar I-Pace.

The full-elec­tric pow­er­train from the Hyundai-Kia fac­tory placed sec­ond be­hind the Jaguar in the Best New En­gine cat­e­gory. Among the hy­brids, BMW’s 1,5-litre 3-cylin­der won the first Best Hy­brid Pow­er­train award ahead of Porsche’s 4-litre turbo V8-and the ever­green Toy­ota 1,8-litre. ENGI­NEER­ING ART Among the more af­ford­able engines, Audi won the 2-litre cat­e­gory with the 2,0 TFSI, which Audi also de­ploys in its hy­brid mod­els and — with a mod­i­fied in­take man­i­fold sys­tem — with nat­u­ral gas. Ac­cord­ing to the jury, Audi’s four­cylin­der en­gine is “one of the most flex­i­ble and ver­sa­tile engines ever to be de­vel­oped — in short, it can do it all.”

Head of Audi tech­ni­cal devel­op­ment Hans-Joachim Rothen­pieler said in a state­ment: “We in­tro­duced the first TFSI to the mar­ket in 2004. Since then, we have achieved class vic­tory with a TFSI at the awards ev­ery year.”

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