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What will be the top ten engines in 2013?

Wards Auto has for the last 19 years been running a top ten engine award. They compare the newest engines on the US market with the winners from the previous year. 2013 has seen them compare 40 engines of all shapes and sizes against each other to select 10 standouts.

To be eligible, the engines must be available in production vehicles on sale in the US by the first quarter of 2013 with a base price of less than $66,000NZ.

So what are the top ten engines for 2013 according to Wards Auto?

Believe it or not, petrol engines have swept into the top ten spots for the awards, while the energy-efficient hybrid and electric propulsion systems were considered for a prize but actually missed out.

This year’s winning list is the first since 2006 not to feature a hybrid, an electric motor or even a diesel engine. The internal combustion petrol powered engine knocking them all off the list.
Wards Auto is an American publication and it stated that the alternative energy systems needed to continue to take significant strides forward like their internal combustion counterparts if they were to fight their way back into the top ten list again.

When the hybrids and electric motors have been on the list previously, it was because they were revolutionary and compelling. If next-generation electric vehicles and hybrids raise the bar beyond the current Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt, then Wards Auto said that they would be happy to recognise them again.

The 10 awards were shared among seven manufacturers, with BMW, Ford and Honda each featuring with two engines on the chart.

It is interesting to see that six of the winning engines featured forced induction technology with turbocharged or supercharged power-plants. Just one large American V8 in the mix, all be it, the most powerful production V8 in the world today, the supercharged 494kW 5.8-litre engine in the Ford Shelby GT500.

The following five engines from 2012 retained their place.
1. Audi’s 3.0-litre TFSI V6
2. BMW’s 2.0-litre N20 inline-four
3. BMW's 3.0-litre N55 inline-six
4. Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBoost inline-four
5. Ram’s 3.6-litre Pentastar V6

The BMW N55 is a three-time winner and the Audi 3.0 TFSI V6 made the list for the fourth consecutive year.

Wards Auto Top Ten Engines for 2013:
Audi S5 TFSI 3.0L V6 BMW 328i N20 2.0L BMW 135is N55 3.0L RAM 1500 Pentastar V6 Ford Focus Ecoboost
1. Audi S5 3.0-litre TFSI supercharged V6 2. BMW 328i 2.0-litre N20 turbocharged inline-four 3. BMW 135is coupe 3.0-litre N55 turbocharged inline-six 4. Ram 1500 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 5. Ford Focus ST/Taurus 2.0-litre EcoBoost inline-four
Ford Shelby GT500 V8 Cadillac ATS 2.0 Honda Accord Sport 2.4L Honda Accord 3.5 V6 Subaru BRZ Boxer 2.0L
6. Ford Shelby GT500 5.8-litre supercharged V8 7. Cadillac ATS 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four 8. Honda Accord Sport 2.4-litre inline-four 9. Honda Accord 3.5-litre V6 10. Subaru BRZ 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer

January 2013


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