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Old 12-25-2013, 07:01 AM
 
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1. Audi’s 3.0 liter TFSI Supercharged V6 (S5)
Audi’s fifth consecutive Best Engine appearance is owed to its new 3.0 liter supercharged V6, which offers 333 horsepower in the Audi S5. “Several new [six cylinder] engines have entered the market within the past five years, but few can match the Audi’s brute strength, luscious torque and supreme refinement,” Ward’s Auto says in its press release.

2. BMW’s 3.0 liter Turbodiesel Inline Six (535d)
BMW has made an astounding 30 appearances at the 10 Best Engines club over the past 20 years, and continues its streak with its new a single variable-geometry turbocharged 3.0 liter diesel, with a promising 413 pound-feet or torque and 35 miles per gallon on the highway (31 when placed in BMW’s X5 SUV).

3. Ram’s 3.0 liter Turbodiesel V6 (1500 EcoDiesel)
“Ideally mated with a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, the 3.0 liter turbodiesel goes about its business with little effort or humdrum and propels the 6,000-lb. truck with ease,” Ward’s says of Ram’s new diesel-powered 1500 pickup. It’s 240 horsepower — a bit light for the pickup class — is more than offset by the 420 pound-feet of torque it produces; further, some of the editors managed better than 24 mpg in mixed driving, “which is remarkable in a truck this large.”

4. Fiat’s 83 kW Electric Motor (500e)
Fiat’s torque-rich 83 kW electric motor found in the 500e is the first win for the Italian company, as the car “repeatedly charged to 85 miles of range as advertised,” though it “consistently outperformed its indicated range.” Though EVs have a reputation for being heavy and a bit lacking, “the 500e feels lighter, keeps up with highway traffic more capably, is loads of fun to drive and is reasonably affordable ($33,095 sticker),” Ward’s says.

5. Ford’s 1.0 liter EcoBoost Inline Three (Fiesta)
Ford’s (NYSE:F) EcoBoost line of engines use some pretty clever engineering to achieve solid power coupled with decent fuel economy, which is illustrated by the Fiesta’s 1.0 liter turbocharged unit. It’s the first three-cylinder engine to win the award, and can manage 45 miles per gallon on the highway — from a unit that can fit in the overhead storage of a commercial aircraft.

6. Chevrolet’s 2.0 liter Turbodiesel Inline Four (Cruze Diesel)
Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) is making a return to diesel-powered passenger vehicles after a long hiatus, with a new diesel Cruze that makes the car into “a bona fide hybrid fighter while standing toe-to-toe with four cylinder diesels in German luxury cars that cost twice the price.” As for the reason it’s here, “test drives earlier in the year by Ward’s Auto editors confirmed the Cruze diesel can exceed its 46 mpg highway fuel-economy rating,” to say nothing of the hefty torque that it puts out.

7. Chevy’s 6.2 liter V8 (Corvette Stingray)
“Ward’s Auto recognizes the 460-hp LT1 [6.2 liter] V8 in the ferocious Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and finds its cousin, the L86 6.2 liter EcoTec3 V8 in the GMC Sierra Denali, to be the most compelling of the three small-block truck engines,” Ward’s says, noting that the blocks, cylinder heads, crankshafts, and other hardware but use separate intake, exhaust and lubrication systems and tuning. It’s the first time GM has had two engines on the list since 2008.


8. Honda’s 3.5 liter V6 (Accord)
“This unflappable V6 is the best naturally aspirated [six cylinder] engine in a mainstream vehicle at a time when most automakers are switching instead to turbocharged direct-injected [four-cylinder] powerplants for better fuel efficiency,” Ward’s praises. Honda’s 3.5 liter unit has been a favorite of the judges for a number of years, and has won the award in the past, as well.

9. Porsche’s 2.7 liter Flat-Six boxer (Cayman)
Porsche’s 2.7 liter engine award is the company’s fourth, the last win in 2002 for an earlier version of the same unit. “The [2.7 liter] boxer that feels a lot more powerful than its rated 275 hp and 213 lb.-ft. of torque in the Cayman,” Ward’s notes, adding that the car’s 2,888 curb weight helps considerably. “The rear-wheel-drive Cayman begs to be driven hard and sounds spectacular in the process.”

10. VW’s 1.8 liter Turbocharged Inline Four (Jetta)
Finally, Volkswagen’s new turbocharged 1.8 liter inline four rounds out the ten finishers. “In the affordably priced Jetta, the 1.8L is quiet, efficient and a riot to drive in sport mode, happily popping off the line even with a 6-speed automatic transmission,” Ward’s says. “Several editors logged close to 30 mpg in mixed driving, thanks in part to a subtle stop/start system, and the EPA says 36 mpg is possible on the highway.”
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:12 AM
 
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And only one of the ten engines is an American-designed engine. More ample evidence of how American "ingenuity" has gone out the window because of poor educational standards and an increasingly poisoned business environment in this country that destroys innovation.
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Old 12-25-2013, 02:33 PM
 
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Doesn't surprise me that the SBC is on there. Ever since they came out with the 2nd generation SBC in 1992, the motor has always been an innovator for power and efficiency. The 3rd generation set the bar even higher and this is all coming from so called outdated pushrod motors.
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Old 12-25-2013, 06:37 PM
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Doesn't surprise me that the SBC is on there. Ever since they came out with the 2nd generation SBC in 1992, the motor has always been an innovator for power and efficiency. The 3rd generation set the bar even higher and this is all coming from so called outdated pushrod motors.
You are absolutely right ever since that got rid of the Siamese intake and exhaust ports and went to individual intake and exhaust ports like the BBChevy and also the SB Ford, they have increased the efficiency and output. They also are now Y blocks with cross bolted mains like the old FE Fords, so yes they have improved the SBC but the ideas are not original.

We all know that 4 valve heads produce more HP per CI and as soon as Chevy switches to the OHC V-8 like they have in other engines they will join the 21'st Century in engine technology,
What I don't understand is that they already had the 5.7 OHC 4 valve engine in the ZR1 Corvette and abandoned it.
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Old 12-26-2013, 03:03 PM
 
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You are absolutely right ever since that got rid of the Siamese intake and exhaust ports and went to individual intake and exhaust ports like the BBChevy and also the SB Ford, they have increased the efficiency and output. They also are now Y blocks with cross bolted mains like the old FE Fords, so yes they have improved the SBC but the ideas are not original.

We all know that 4 valve heads produce more HP per CI and as soon as Chevy switches to the OHC V-8 like they have in other engines they will join the 21'st Century in engine technology,
What I don't understand is that they already had the 5.7 OHC 4 valve engine in the ZR1 Corvette and abandoned it.
And the ZR-1 engine had greater external dimensions, was heavier, more complicated, and much, much more expensive. What's the point?

(Part of the reason they didn't move forward with the LT5 engine is it wouldn't have fit under the hood of the C5...)
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Old 12-27-2013, 02:30 AM
 
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I believe the LT5 was made by Mercury Marine or something like that, it wasn't an engine designed by GM.

As for more HP per CI, I think they have found a more economical way for that to happen is with forced induction. Seems to work well for the ZR-1.
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:47 AM
 
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IMO only time can tell if an engine is going to be great.

I think the Northstar won this award two years in a row, yet most of the cars that had them quickly found there way to the junkyard.

You might see a few stragglers in Sun City with nothing for miles or junkyard refugees around with 2 gallons of stop leak.
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:31 AM
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And the ZR-1 engine had greater external dimensions, was heavier, more complicated, and much, much more expensive. What's the point?

(Part of the reason they didn't move forward with the LT5 engine is it wouldn't have fit under the hood of the C5...)
Look I love the Corvette and it is a fantastic buy compared to other super cars but it is also the only super car that is running a truck engine.(ooops forgot the Viper)
The Corvette will eventually have an OHC V-8
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:56 AM
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was this simply based on eco performance? i tend to disagree with all, however i dont care about gas milage
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:34 AM
 
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Look I love the Corvette and it is a fantastic buy compared to other super cars but it is also the only super car that is running a truck engine.(ooops forgot the Viper)
The Corvette will eventually have an OHC V-8
Don't forget that it also has monoleaf springs.

And despite all that, it's competitive on a global scale for much, much, less money.

I hope they keep it that way.

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I believe the LT5 was made by Mercury Marine or something like that, it wasn't an engine designed by GM.

As for more HP per CI, I think they have found a more economical way for that to happen is with forced induction. Seems to work well for the ZR-1.
It was designed by GM/Lotus (mostly lotus, gm's contribution was "make it fit in this box") then assembled by Mercury Marine.
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