The engine that powers the new Peugeot 208 GTi has been awarded the ‘International Engine of the Year’ award in the 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre category during a ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany.
Presented by Engine Technology International Magazine, the 2013 award went once again to the accomplished 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, direct-injection turbo petrol engine developed in cooperation by PSA Peugeot Citroën and BMW Group.
The award particularly honours the 200bhp engine and delivers its turbocharged output of 147kw (200bhp) and peak torque of 275Nm, with carbon emissions of just 139g/km on the Peugeot 208 GTi, which goes on sale in New Zealand this month.
Equipped with the latest technologies, including direct injection on the turbo version, variable valve timing, a volume flow-controlled oil pump and an on demand water pump, the 1.6-litre engine improves fuel efficiency and reduces emissions by around 10 percent compared with the previous generation.
The engine, which is produced at the Française de Mécanique plant in Douvrin, France, now forms the core of Peugeot’s petrol range.
Organised by Engine Technology International magazine, the International Engine of the Year award is one of the automotive industry’s most sought-after accolades.
It is judged by an international panel of 76 renowned motoring journalists from 36 countries, who apply their impressions from driving the latest model cars. These tests enable them to rank the power plants offering the best driveability, performance and fuel economy, as well as the successful application of advanced engine technology.