Ford's tiny 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine has won the International Engine of the Year award for the third consecutive year.
In Australia the diminutive 1.0-litre engine (it's actually 999cc if you want to be pedantic about it) is currently employed in the Fiesta and EcoSport. It will also be fitted, at least in overseas models, to the facelifted Focus range, as well as the next-generation Mondeo.
Not only did the small Ford motor win for the third straight year, but 2014 also marked the third time in a row that no hybrid or diesel motor triumphed in any category.
This year the jury consisted of 82 members from 34 different countries. And as in previous years, the winner in each of the categories gains entry into the final round of voting which decides the title of International Engine of the Year.
Below are this year's category winners in the order in which they finished during the final voting phase:
- Sub 1.0-litre: Ford 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost: Generates 92kW/170Nm in the local Fiesta and EcoSport. A less powerful 74kW version is also available overseas. A recently added 102kW tune increases its pep.
- Above 4.0-litre: Ferrari 4.5-litre V8: Mounted behind the driver and passenger this motor gives the 458 Italia 419kW/540Nm and the 458 Speciale 445kW/540Nm.
- 1.0- to 1.4-litre: Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger: The supercharged and turbocharged motor is employed in the 132kW/250Nm Polo GTI.
- 1.8- to 2.0-litre: Mercedes-Benz AMG 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder: 265kW/450Nm are stupendous numbers for a 2.0-litre engine, and you can experience them in the A45 AMG, CLA45 AMG and GLA45 AMG.
- Green engine: Tesla electric drivetrain: Depending on the depth of your pockets the Model S sedan is powered by either a 225kW/430Nm or 270kW/440Nm version.
- 2.5- to 3.0-litre: BMW 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six: This motor is employed in everything from the 235kW/450Nm M135i to the 225kW X6 xDrive35i.
- 1.4- to 1.8-litre: BMW, Peugeot and Citroen 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol: Available in both mild and wild forms, this 1.6-litre engine does service in the Mini, Peugeot 208 and Citroen DS4, amongst many others.
- 3.0- to 4.0-litre: McLaren 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8: Does service in both the 460kW/600Nm MP4-12C and 478kW/678Nm 650S.
- 2.0- to 2.5-litre: Audi 2.5-litre turbo five-cylinder: Can be had wrapped in a RS Q3 bodyshell with 228kW/420Nm, or with just two doors as the 250kW/450Nm TT RS and 265kW/465Nm TT RS Plus.