Winners of the 21st annual edition of the International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards were announced today in Stuttgart, Germany.
Organized by UKi Media & Events, with an independent jury that comprises 70 automotive journalists, from 31 countries, the awards program was restructured – and partially renamed – this year, to better reflect the fast-changing reality of the automotive world.
Engines and powertrains are now grouped by output rather than displacement, in seven categories from Sub 150PS to Above 650PS. Special awards for Best New Engine, Performance Engine, Electric Powertrain and Hybrid Powertrain are also given out, in addition to the coveted International Engine + Powertrain of the Year award.
Here are all the award winners, by category.
Sub 150PS – Ford 1.0 EcoBoost
Ford’s second-generation, turbocharged, 999cc three-cylinder engine is the first to win this category, against 72 contenders, edging out BMW’s 1.5-litre and PSA-Peugeot-Citroën’s 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo engines. The Ford 1.0 EcoBoost also thus reaps its 11th IE+POTY trophy in eight years.
150PS to 250PS – Audi 2-litre four-cylinder TFSI
The 2-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder TFSI engine that powers 27 different Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen models, from two-seat roadster to large SUV, takes the 150PS to 250PS category over the BMW 2-litre twin-turbo four and the 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo that motivates the Ford Fiesta ST
250PS to 350PS – Porsche 2.5-litre turbo
The 2.5-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder horizontal ‘boxer’ engine that powers the Porsche 718
Boxster S and 718 Cayman S wins the 250PS to 350PS category by a mere 6 points, over BMW’s 3.0-litre, twin-turbo, inline six cylinder engine, Audi’s ubiquitous 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder, and more than 50 other rivals.
350PS to 450PS – Jaguar Land Rover electric powertrain
When all votes were carefully counted, the all-new, dual motor, electric powertrain created for the Jaguar I-Pace won the 350PS to 450PS category by a single point (191 to 190) over the 3-litre, six-cylinder turbo ‘boxer’ found in six versions of the Porsche 911 Carrera. The BMW 3-litre twin-turbo inline six-cylinder from the various M3 and M4 models was third.
450PS to 550PS – Mercedes-AMG 4-litre twin-turbo V8
The hand-built Mercedes-AMG 4-litre twin-turbo V8 prevailed in the 450PS to 550PS category, over the wailing, naturally-aspirated 4-litre boxer engine in the Porsche 911 GT3 and 911 R, then BMW’s 3-litre twin-turbo, inline six-cylinder in the M3 Competition, M4 Competition and M4 CSL.
550PS to 650PS – Ferrari 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8
The gorgeous 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 found under the front hood of the Ferrari Portofino and GTC4 Lusso T took the top prize in the 550PS to 650PS category, edging out the Porsche 3.8-litre boxer in the 911 Turbo and the Mercedes-AMG 4-litre twin-turbo V8 found in the top AMG GT, Maybach and Aston Martin Vantage and DB11 iterations.
Above 650PS – Ferrari 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8
The spectacular 3.9-litre biturbo V8 that powered the Ferrari 488 GTB, Spider and Pista will soon see service in the F8 Tributo. It edged out its amazing sibling, the naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 in the
Ferrari 812 Superfast, and the twin-turbo 3.8-litre ‘boxer’ in the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
Best New Engine – Jaguar Land Rover electric powertrain
This year, for the first time in the 21-year history of the awards, the Best New Engine is a powertrain, and a fully-electric one, at that. Jaguar Land Rover’s dual motor, 394-horsepower powertrain for the Jaguar I-Pace won over Hyundai and Kia’s own electric powertrain in the Hyundai Kona and Kia Soul EV, but also the growling Audi/Lamborghini, twin-turbo, 4-litre V8 in the Lamborghini Urus.
Best Performance Engine – Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8
This is a third straight win in the Best Performance Engine category for the 3.9-litre biturbo V8 and the ninth for Ferrari, over the naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 in its own 812 Superfast. The brilliant, naturally-aspirated 4-litre boxer engine in the Porsche 911 GT3 and 911 R takes the third step on this elite podium.
Best Electric Powertrain – Jaguar Land Rover electric powertrain
Jaguar Land Rover is first to win this all-new award, for the dual-motor electric powertrain in the Jaguar I-Pace, by a scant 4 points (367 to 363) over the pioneering Tesla electric powertrain in the Model S, Model X and Model 3. Finishing third, with 172 points, is the BMW electric powertrain in the i3 and i3S compacts.
Best Hybrid Powertrain – BMW 1.5-litre 3-cylinder hybrid
BMW 1.5-litre 3-cylinder gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain in the carbon fibre-bodied i8 Coupé and Roadster wins the first Best Hybrid Powertrain award over the spectacular 4-litre turbo V8-based hybrid powertrain in the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and the evergreen Toyota 1.8-litre, gasoline-electric hybrid.
International Engine + Powertrain of the Year – Ferrari 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8
Ultimate passion and performance prevailed for this first overall International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Award, as Ferrari’s amazing 3.9-litre biturbo V8 in the 488 Pista edged out the game-changing JLR electric powertrain in the Jaguar I-Pace and the brawny Mercedes-AMG 4-litre biturbo V8. It is also a record-breaking fourth straight top prize for this V8, soon to power the new F8 Tributo.