AMG’s 6.2-litre V8 victorious at International Engine of the Year Awards

AMG’s 6.2-litre V8 victorious at International Engine of the Year Awards

There are so many different prizes and awards in the automotive world that reward various technical and design achievements, but there are few that are desired higher than the International Engine of the Year competition. With 62 of the world’s top automotive journalists casting a vote, the engine that wins out achieves high bragging rights for the rest of the year.

Taking out the prize for the International Engine of the Year was the Volkswagen group with its 1.4-litre TSI four-cylinder, the same engine that won last year.

However, the engine that has gripped the imagination of all performance enthusiasts is AMG’s 6.2-litre V-8, which despite its age, plus the fact that it’s being phased out, managed to take out the ‘Best Performance Engine’ category. It also received a second honour winning the category for the best engine above 4-litres. It’s the second year in a row that this engine has been picked as the best overall for performance.

In its highest-spec form, as seen in AMG versions of the S-, SL-, CL- and E-Class models, the naturally aspirated V-8 produces 525 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque, this makes for performance of 0 -100kph in just 4.6 seconds.

It’s just another dominant display of power and efficiency from the development team at AMG. It seems that the 6.2 will only be toppled from within with its creators scheduled to launch its replacement which is a 5.5-litre, 571 horsepower twin-turbo V-8, that although increasing output will reduce fuel consumption by as much as 25 percent.

There are so many different prizes and awards in the automotive world that reward various technical and design achievements, but there are few that are desired higher than the International Engine of the Year competition. With 62 of the world’s top automotive journalists casting a vote, the engine that wins out achieves high bragging rights for the rest of the year.

Taking out the prize for the International Engine of the Year was the Volkswagen group with its 1.4-litre TSI four-cylinder, the same engine that won last year.

However, the engine that has gripped the imagination of all performance enthusiasts is AMG’s 6.2-litre V-8, which despite its age, plus the fact that it’s being phased out, managed to take out the ‘Best Performance Engine’ category. It also received a second honour winning the category for the best engine above 4-litres. It’s the second year in a row that this engine has been picked as the best overall for performance.

In its highest-spec form, as seen in AMG versions of the S-, SL-, CL- and E-Class models, the naturally aspirated V-8 produces 525 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque, this makes for performance of 0 -100kph in just 4.6 seconds.

It’s just another dominant display of power and efficiency from the development team at AMG. It seems that the 6.2 will only be toppled from within with its creators scheduled to launch its replacement which is a 5.5-litre, 571 horsepower twin-turbo V-8, that although increasing output will reduce fuel consumption by as much as 25 percent.

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