The four-cylinder EcoBoost engine set to power the Ford Falcon in 2012 has been named among this year’s Ward’s 10 Best Engines.
The 179kW/366Nm tune of the 2.0-litre direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine was awarded for its application in the North American Ford Edge SUV. The Falcon EcoBoost is expected to get a slightly different tune of the engine – potentially matching the European Mondeo’s 177kW/340Nm output – although the basic construction is shared with the award-winning powerplant in the Edge.
The judges said the engine earned a prize for its “uncanny ability to motivate the Edge”; a mid-size SUV “that normally would require six-cylinder power but does quite fine without it”.
Ford was awarded a second gong for the 331kW/515Nm naturally aspirated V8 in the Ford Mustang Boss 302.
Seven of the 10 Best Engines feature direct fuel injection, and half are either turbocharged or supercharged.
2012 Ward’s 10 Best Engines:
Five four-cylinder engines were awarded, up from three in last year’s 10 Best list.
The 3.0-litre TFSI V6 was awarded for the third consecutive year, this year for its “ability to quicken any pulse with a blip of the throttle” in the 231kW/441Nm Audi A6. Ward’s also praised the engine’s versatility, noting that it is also put to work in the A7, Q7 and Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles.
Awarded for its 5.0-litre Tau V8 engine in the past three years, Hyundai-Kia’s 1.6-litre Gamma four-cylinder was the smallest-capacity winner on the 2012 list. Ward’s praised the engine for its versatility, efficiency and excellent value proposition in the Accent and Soul.
The judges tested 34 new or significantly upgraded engines in the 18th year of the 10 Best Engines awards. Each powerplant was scored according to its power, technology, fuel economy, and NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) characteristics. To be eligible, the engines need to go on sale in the US no later than the first quarter of 2012, and the vehicles must have a base price of no more than US$55,000.