BMW i8 Wins International Engine Of The Year Award, Tesla Model S Captures Green Engine Top Honor

JUN 18 2015 BY MARK KANE 12

BMW i8, Technical Art

BMW i8, Technical Art

International engine of the year awards 2015

International engine of the year awards 2015

BMW happily announced its overall win in the International engine of the year awards 2015, as well as wins in three categories.

BMW i8 was awarded the highest number of points among all cars, rated by 65 motoring journalists from 31 countries:

“The drive unit in the BMW i8 earned two class wins as well as being declared overall winner, with a further class win being garnered by the engine of the BMW M3 and BMW M4.

The BMW i8 unit was voted class winner for its BMW TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder petrol engine, while the overall drive unit of the BMW i8 claimed a further class win as the best “new engine”. Its combination of electric motor and petrol engine also earned it overall victory. In the 2.5 to 3.0-litre displacement category, the M TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder in-line petrol engine of the BMW M3 and BMW M4 came out on top.”

“The three-cylinder combustion engine in the BMW i8 develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric motor draws its energy from a lithium-ion battery, which can be charged from a conventional domestic power socket, and sends its power to the front axle. This bespoke plug-in hybrid system, developed and produced by the BMW Group, enables a range of up to 37 kilometres (23 miles) in the EU test cycle and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) on electric power alone, coupled with a “glued-to-the-road” all-wheel driving experience headlined by powerful acceleration and a dynamically-biased distribution of power through keenly taken corners. The more powerful of the two sources drives the rear wheels and uses the electric boost from the hybrid system to deliver hallmark BMW driving pleasure while at the same time offering ground breaking levels of efficiency. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes just 4.4 seconds, yet combined fuel consumption – as calculated in the EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles – stands at 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres (approx. 135 mpg imp) plus 11.9 kWh of electricity. This equates to CO2 emissions of 49 grams per kilometre.”

Results (International Engine of the Year 2015):

BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-gasoline hybrid
(BMW i8 (362ps))274
Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo
(Ford Fiesta, B-Max, Focus, C-Max, Grand C-Max, (100ps, 125ps), Fiesta Red/Black (140ps), Mondeo, EcoSport (125ps), Tourneo Connect / Courier (100ps))267
PSA Peugeot Citroen 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo
(Peugeot 208 (110ps), 308 (110ps, 130ps), Citroen C3, DS3, C3 Picasso, C4 Cactus (110ps), C4, DS4 (110ps, 130ps))222
Ferrari 4.5-litre V8
(Ferrari 458 Italia (570ps), 458 Speciale (605ps))221
Mercedes-AMG 2-litre turbo
(Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, CLA45 AMG, GLA45 AMG (360ps))177
Tesla full-electric powertrain
(Tesla Model S (380ps, 385ps, 700ps))157
BMW M 3-litre twin-turbo six-cylinder
(BMW M3, M4 (431ps))133
McLaren 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8
(McLaren 675LT (675ps), 650S (650ps), 625C (625ps), 12C (625ps) )93
Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo
(Audi RS3 (367ps), RS Q3 (340ps))81
BMW i8 rear section

BMW i8 rear section

On the list in overall standings is one all-electric powetrain from  theTesla Model S, which as we checked won the Green Engine category ahead of BMWi8, BMW i3, and a few other models!

Full list of categories is available here.

Results (Green Engine 2015):

Tesla full-electric powertrain239
(Tesla Model S (380ps, 385ps, 700ps))
BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-gasoline hybrid191
(BMW i8 (362ps))
BMW full-electric powertrain109
(BMW i3 (170ps))
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI electric-gasoline hybrid98
(Volkswagen Golf GTE, Audi A3 e-tron (204ps))
Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo95
(Ford Fiesta, B-Max, Focus, C-Max, Grand C-Max, (100ps, 125ps), Fiesta Red/Black (140ps), Mondeo, EcoSport (125ps), Tourneo Connect / Courier (100ps))
BMW 647cc two-cylinder electric-gasoline range-extender64
(BMW i3 (170ps))

Hat tip to Warren!

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12 Comments on "BMW i8 Wins International Engine Of The Year Award, Tesla Model S Captures Green Engine Top Honor"

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Go BMW and Tesla!

As an i8 owner with a short commute, there really are three different ways (personalities) to drive the i8. The integration of the motor and engine and all wheel drive in such a light package is amazing and justly recognized by this award.

I really don’t understand how they would, or could measure the greatness of two different drivetrains. Take for example the Tesla dual motor setup and the i3 drive unit, or the i8 drive unit and the PSA 3 cylinder engine. The i3 motor will have the highest power to weight ratio while being the most economical, the Tesla dual motor setup is certainly the strongest and, if you take the battery into the equation, the one with the higher energy and energy density. The i8 develops more power than the PSA engine, but it is, even with the plug in, a lot less economical and won’t last that long without a lot of maintenance. So how do these things get voted?

That 3Cylinder Engine would make A Great Go Kart engine In Itself … Buy An i8 Pull the Engine & Install it In A G0 Kart .AWESOME!! ..Go Kart Technology at its Best!

If you wanted to do that it would be a lot cheaper to just buy a Mini which uses practically the same engine.

SOoooo…The i8 is a fancy Mini With the added electric motor… makes sense!

Tesla reminds me of a fancy overgrown go kart and I can’t wait to see for the model 3 will be like.

Tesla: Not a go kart

You mean …Golf Cart ….lol

I guess the English language is changing to allow the use of either motor or engine, when referring to electric drivetrains– but it still bugs me.

Agree it should be Motor or the Year not Engine.

The German language for example does not have two words, it is always motor. It would make sense to only use one word, because both things just convert a form of energy into motion. The English language isn’t even consistent, normally a motor is called engine if it gains its power by chemical changes to the “fuel”, but some heat engines can be heated by external combustion as well as wasted heat, so does it change its name based on where you use it? Calling everything, that moves something, motor would be much easier.

LOL! A 3-CYLINDER engine gets ‘engine of the year’! That is hilarious. Less is more!

What an admission that reducing (and ultimately getting rid of) the ICE is the way to go!