Ward’s Auto has published its annual 10 Best Engines List and as always, some BMW engines make the list. Here are the award winning engines for 2012:
2.0L N20 Turbocharged DOHC I4 (F30 328i / Z4 sDrive28i / 528i / X1)
3.0L N55 Turbocharged DOHC I6 (F30 335i / E92 335i / 535i / 135i)
3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V6 (Audi A6)
3.6L Pentastar DOHC V6 (Chrysler 300/Jeep Wrangler)
2.0L EcoBoost DOHC I4 (Ford Edge)
5.0L DOHC V8 (Ford Mustang Boss 302)
2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I4 (Buick Regal GS)
1.6L DOHC I4 (Hyundai Accent/Kia Soul)
2.0L Skyactiv DOHC I4 (Mazda3)
3.5L DOHC V6 HEV (Infiniti M35h)
Congrats to BMW! The N20 has received great acclaim and reviews, especially in the F30 328i reviews.
And the N55 … CONTINUED
Matt@Camber-Toe performs a tear down of the N55 motor, BMW’s relatively new single turbo twin scroll N55 engine that now occupies the top spot within BMW’s inline-6-cylinder lineup. An analysis of the potential upper power limits of the turbos will be performed and overall upgradability of the N55.
Here are the first clips we’ve seen of the BMW Performance Exhaust matched to a N55 motor and it sounds terrific! N55 BMWs come from the factory with a throatier exhaust than the N54 due to the absence of two mid cats. Paired with a Performance Exhaust, the N55’s growl is amplified beautifully.
The N55 is the second turbo engine out of BMWs new push towards EfficientDynamics and increased use of turbos as a replacement for displacement. The unit has been has been reviewed and people are generally happy with it, but whats interesting is that now it seems official: BMW will use the N55 as its main workforce with only a few notable exceptions