Wards Automotive Group recently announced their esteemed picks for the 10 Best Engines of 2009, BMW AG managed to take home not one, but two coveted spots on the list. A three-year veteran of Ward’s list, BMW AG’s twin-turbo, direct-inject standard petrol I6 (135i coupe) was joined this year by its FOB cousin, BMW’s 3.0L I6 turbodiesel (335d sedan). Enjoying its inaugural year on U.S. soil, BMW’s turbodiesel offering amazed Wards judges with its impressive combination of both fuel-efficiency and performance output. Utilizing a sequential twin-turbocharger system, the 3.0L I6 turbodiesel manages to average 22 mpg city/ 33 mpg highway while still managing to produce a whopping 286-horsepower and 425 lb-ft (576 Nm) of torque.
Although BMW certainly deserves a hearty tip of the hat (as does RideLust reader Rock517 for the tip) for earning double honors, it wasn’t just the usual track-day suspects who managed to snag Wards’ attention this year.
Although we’d expect nothing less from the Ultimate Driving Machine, we’re downright impressed by the heavy Detroit representation on this year’s list, but we’re slightly disappointed the Dodge Charger’s 425-hp 6.1L SRT HEMI V8 didn’t make the cut.
Wards Automotive Group 2009 10 Best Engines
Audi AG: 2.0L TFSI turbocharged DOHC I-4 (A4 Avant)
BMW AG: 3.0L turbocharged DOHC I-6 (135i Coupe)
BMW AG: 3.0L DOHC I-6 Turbodiesel (335d)
Chrysler LLC: 5.7L Hemi OHV V-8 (Dodge Ram/Challenger R/T)
Ford Motor Co.: 2.5L DOHC I-4 HEV (Escape Hybrid)
General Motors Corp.: 3.6L DOHC V-6 (Cadillac CTS)
Honda Motor Co. Ltd.: 3.5L SOHC V-6 (Accord Coupe)
Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd.: 4.6L DOHC V-8 (Genesis)
Toyota Motor Corp.: 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Lexus IS 350)
Volkswagen AG: 2.0L SOHC I-4 Turbodiesel (Jetta TDI)