BMW has been named the outright winner of the International Engine of the Year awards for a record-breaking fourth year in succession. A global panel of judges awarded the top honor to the carmaker’s 3.0L twin-turbo straight six petrol engine. The 300hp powerplant is found in a number of BMW models ranging from the compact 1-series up to the X6 xDrive35i crossover and was picked becuase of its flexibility and mix of performance and fuel-economy.

BMW in fact had four different engines in the final top six. Coming in second was Volkswagen’s 1.4L TSI and third place was its 2.0L FSI engine. The 4.0L V8 from the M3 took fourth spot and was followed by the Mini’s 1.6L turbo four in fifth and the 5.0L M V10 in sixth.

The awards, which are judged by 65 motoring journalists from 32 countries from four continents, also rewarded a variety of other manufacturers for engine excellence across a number of different categories with the likes of VW, Toyota, Porsche and Subaru all getting a mention.

International Engine of the Year Awards 2008 Winners:

International Engine of the Year 2008

BMW 3-litre Twin-Turbo (135, 335, X6)

Best New Engine of 2008

BMW 2-litre Diesel Twin-Turbo (123d)

Green Engine of the Year

Toyota 1.5-litre Hybrid Synergy Drive (Prius)

Best Performance Engine

Porsche 3.6-litre Turbo (911 Turbo, 911 GT2)

Sub 1-litre

Toyota 1-litre (Aygo, Yaris, Peugeot 107, Citroën C1, Subaru Justy)

1-litre to 1.4-litre

Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (Golf, Touran, Tiguan, Jetta)

1.4-litre to 1.8-litre

BMW-PSA 1.6-litre Turbo (MINI Cooper S, Clubman, Peugeot 207, 308)

1.8-litre to 2-litre

Volkswagen/Audi 2-litre Turbo (A3, A4 Cabrio, A6, TT, Eos, Jetta, Golf GTi, Seat Altea, Leon, Skoda Octavia)

2-litre to 2.5-litre

Subaru 2.5-litre Turbo (Forester, Impreza, Outback, Legacy)

2.5-litre to 3-litre

BMW 3-litre Twin-Turbo (135, 335, X6)

3-litre to 4-litre

BMW 4-litre V8 (M3)

Above 4-litre

BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6)