BMW i8, Technical Art

BMW i8, Technical Art

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):

ENGINE POINTS
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):

ENGINE POINTS
Tesla full-electric powertrain 239
(Tesla Model S (380ps, 385ps, 700ps))
BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-gasoline hybrid 191
(BMW i8 (362ps))
BMW full-electric powertrain 109
(BMW i3 (170ps))
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI electric-gasoline hybrid 98
(Volkswagen Golf GTE, Audi A3 e-tron (204ps))
Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo 95
(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-extender 64
(BMW i3 (170ps))

Hat tip to Warren!