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Fiat Twin-Cylinder Voted Engine Of The Year, Ferrari 458 Italia V-8 Gets Performance Title

 
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Fiat 500 TwinAir two-cylinder engine



There are numerous publications, organizations and companies that hand out awards to the automotive industry for its various technical and design achievements, but few are so lauded as the winner of the International Engine of the Year competition.

Judged by a panel of 76 of the world's top automotive journalists, the engine that comes out on top--or top in its class--can lay claim to being the best there is, for another year at least.

This year, the International Engine of the Year title was awarded to the smallest engine currently on the new car market, the 0.9-liter Fiat TwinAir twin-cylinder gasoline engine. Found in the Fiat 500 TwinAir model sold overseas, the tiny engine features Fiat’s MultiAir variable valve timing technology and is good for around 65 horsepower.

Oh, did we mention it returns a fuel economy of up to 55 mpg on the European combined cycle?



However, the engine we’re all interested in is Ferrari’s 4.5-liter V-8 from the 458 Italia supercar, which managed to take out the ‘Best Performance Engine’ category as well as the category for the ‘Best Engine Above 4-Liters’.

Ferrari’s dry-sump, flat-crank, 90-degree V-8 sets a number of firsts for a naturally-aspirated engine of this displacement. Representing the peak of engine technology, the V-8 reaches a maximum of 9,000 rpm--a first for a production V-8--with a high 12.5:1 compression ratio and maximum power output of 570 horsepower.

The generous torque available--398 pound-feet at 6,000 rpm, with over 80 percent available from 3,250 rpm--ensures rapid pick-up from all revs.

Additionally, the design of the engine components has been influenced by the carry-over of racing technology--F1 in particular--for maximum fluid-dynamic efficiency in order to achieve both performance and fuel consumption objectives, and meet toughening emissions restrictions.

Also worth a mention is BMW, which has always dominated the awards and in 2011 there has been no exception.

The German marque bagged four category wins, including the ‘3-Liter to 4-Liter’ category for its 4.0-liter V-8 found in the M3; the‘2.5-Liter to 3-Liter’ category for its 3.0-liter DI Twin Turbo fitted across much of its range; the ‘1.8-Liter to 2-Liter’category for its 2.0-liter Twin Turbo diesel engine found in the 123d and X1; and the ‘1.4-Liter to 1.8-Liter’ category for its 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo engine co-developed with PSA Peugeot Citroen, which also scooped the same award.

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  1. They should also reward it as the most flammable exotic
     
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  2. He He that was good! Chrysler is indeed in good hands and so is GM for that matter benefiting huge with it's Euro counterpart! I would not think of diesel being BMW's forte but to best VW in that category is saying something! BMW can engineer an engine. A new straight 6 motorcycle engine perhaps the best motorcycle engine ever, and sweeps this years awards basically, man what's next for these guys?
     
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  3. It should be no surprise for those familiar with the talented history of Italian design and engineering that Fiat has the resources to be a leader in the industry. There is evedence that,along with Chrysler talent,a well of automotive firsts are just beginning to be tapped by this promising international merger.
    No doubt Chrysler AND Fiat wil benefit from this collective pool of talent and that auto enthusiasts world wide should be anxiously awaiting what comes next. Congratulations Fiat !
     
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  4. That Fiat Twin-Cylinder sure is cool. With that unique engine I can say that a car can boost for around 65 horsepower with a economically friendly effect of using 55 mpg.
    I was interested on this engine so I tried to research for some automotive blogs that offers this engine in a low price. I've provided a link in this post to help others see that engine easily.
     
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