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Awards 2016 highlights

International Engine of the Year 2016 Review

2.5-Litre to 3-Litre


Results

ENGINE POINTS
Porsche 3-litre six-cylinder turbo
(Porsche 911 Carrera, 911 Carrera 4, (370ps), 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera 4S (400ps))
252
BMW M 3-litre twin-turbo six-cylinder
(BMW M M3, M4 (431ps), M4 GTS (500ps) M2 (370ps))
203
BMW 3-litre twin-turbo six-cylinder
(BMW M135i, 235i (326ps), 340i, 440i (326ps), 640i, 740i (320ps), 335i Grand Turismo, Z4 35i, 535i, X3 35i, X4 35i, X5 35i, X6 35i (306ps), Z4 35is (340ps), X4 M40i (360ps))
178
BMW M Performance 3-litre tri-turbo diesel six-cylinder
(BMW M550d, X5 M50d, X6 M50d (381ps))
137
Jaguar Land Rover 3-litre V6 supercharged
(Jaguar F-Type, F-Pace (340ps, 380ps), XE, XF, XJ, Land Rover Discovery4, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport (340ps))
104
Volkswagen 3-litre six-cylinder TDI
(Audi A4 (218ps, 272ps), A6, A7 (218ps, 272ps, 320ps, 326ps), A8, Q5 (258ps), SQ5 (313ps, 340ps), Q7 (218ps, 272ps, 258ps), Volkswagen Touareg (204, 262), Porsche Panamera (300ps), Macan S Diesel (258ps), Cayenne (262ps))
86

Winner's Interview

Cars

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The 911 turbo engine has won its first award

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Porsche beat a host of BMW and BMW M designs

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The flat six’s 7,500rpm redline impressed judges

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Despite the biturbo, new 911 oozes character

❝ Rather than over-stressing an even smaller engine, this car maker right-sized its turbo six. The response is so close to its naturally aspirated predecessor that even enthusiasts won’t feel miffed ❞

Jason Cammisa, Motor Trend

Review

Technical Specification
Porsche 911 Carrera (991 GTS)

  • engine capacity: 2,981cc
  • number of cylinders: 6
  • power output: 370ps
  • bore x stroke: 91 x 76.4mm
  • compression ratio: 10.0:1
The news that Porsche planned to turbocharge its mainstream 911 flat six engine certainly gave marque purists pause for thought, but the legendary car maker’s new 3-litre six-cylinder biturbo has roared to victory in an awards category that has, in previous years, been comprehensively dominated by BMW.

Available in two states of tune, 370ps and 420ps, the completely new motor boasts significantly increased levels of torque, with 450Nm and 500Nm available depending on the derivative. What’s more, that maximum torque (which represents an increase of 60Nm over previous IC designs) is delivered from 1,700-5,000rpm.

And for this year, Porsche’s new engine edged BMW into second place, winning the 2.5- to 3-litre category by an impressive 49 points.

“Porsche’s embrace of turbocharging for its mainstream 911 engines made some fans nervous. They needn’t have worried; the new 3-litre is properly Porsche,” said Australian judge John Carey. Others on this year’s awards panel were equally enthusiastic in their praise for the new IC creation. “Adding turbos to the entry-level 911 range will infuriate purists,” stated
Car South Africa’s Nicol Louw. “That is until they experience the brilliance for themselves.”

The new turbo 911 powertrain can also lay claim to enhanced efficiency figures – depending on the model variant, the new generation of engines is almost 12% more efficient than the previous, while fuel consumption is reduced by up to a litre per 100km. “True, the 911 doesn’t scream as loud as it used to,” commented Natan Tazelaar from the Netherlands, “but it has more torque, more power and still revs up to 7,500rpm. Porsche is not just riding the green wave, it is showing everyone else how to enjoy it as well.”

Other members of the judging panel were equally forthcoming with praise for Porsche’s turbocharged flat six. De Telegraaf’s Sjoerd van Bilsen described the engine as “a masterpiece”, while the USA’s William Visnic stated simply, “This is the way six cylinders and turbocharging should be done.”