December 12, 2005

Ward’s Auto News names 10 Best Engines

Southfield, Michigan – Ward’s Auto News has announced the winners of its 12th annual 10 Best Engines for 2006, the auto industry’s highly-regarded barometer of powertrain prowess.

This year’s winners, and the vehicles they were tested in, are:

  • Audi 2.0-litre FSI DOHC turbocharged inline 4 (Audi A3)

  • Audi 4.2-litre DOHC V8 (Audi S4)
  • BMW 3.0-litre DOHC inline 6 (330i)
  • DaimlerChrysler 5.7-litre Hemi DOHC V8 (Dodge Charger R/T)
  • Ford 4.6-litre SOHC V8 (Mustang GT)
  • General Motors 2.0-litre supercharged DOHC inline 4 (Chevrolet Cobalt SS)
  • General Motors 2.8-litre turbocharged DOHC V6 (Saab 9-3)
  • Mazda 2.3-litre DISI turbocharged DOHC inline 4 (Mazdaspeed 6)
  • Nissan 3.5-litre DOHC V6 (infiniti G35 6MT)
  • Toyota 3.5-litre DOHC V6 (Lexus IS 350)

Ward’s noted that two engineering developments show up on several engines on the list: direct-injection gasoline (DIG) technology and forced induction, which allows engineers to develop powerful engines that return acceptable fuel economy.

Many of the engines are multiple award winners: the 5.7 Hemi won for its fourth consecutive year; the Ford V8 and Audi 4.2 for their second year; while Nissan racked up its unrivaled twelfth consecutive win, the only engine to win a 10 Best Engines award every year since the program’s inception.

The vehicles were tested by six of Ward’s editors over a two-month period; the editors evaluated 31 different cars, trucks and SUVs and scored based on power, torque, noise, vibration and harshness, technical relevance and basic comparative numbers. All engines nominated and tested were in vehicles with a base MSRP under US$52,500.

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