After learning the names of the ’10 Best Engines’, the enlisted just have to wait for the start of the next Auto Show in Detroit for the award ceremony. As every year the American journal Ward’s Automotive specializes unveiled its annual list of the best engines in 2011. Every year, almost 20, Ward’s journalists announce what, in their opinion, the best engines in the coming year to be mentioned in a spectacular Top Ten: ie “‘s 10 Best Engine Award 2011.”
So a few days of the end 2010, the nominations for the 2011 models and were released between 38 and newer models who took part in the race, it was determined the 10 Best Engines, the result is not surprising, since it is consistent the diversity of cars involved.
And for the first time in the history of the contest the results reflect a renewal so big with only two models and six repeating their participation completely new winners.
The decrease in the size and engine displacement does not mean a reduction in power, the era of the big V8 engines fall behind, leaving these machines for competing cars or very specific niches.
In this 4-cylinder engines have the performance of a V6 while the six-cylinder equal to eight, so do not be surprised the power or torque, thanks to turbochargers and compressors that are more efficient combustion with that energy loss is reduced.
It should be noted that 2011 will be a historic year for Ward’s, because among the winners of the Award’s 10 Best Engine “included the first ever appointed electric motors, the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. Was once again the machine diesel Volkswagen Jetta TDI (finalist last year), and large machines like the 5.0 liter V8 Ford Mustang 2011, and the Hyundai Genesis. In addition, attracting a new protagonist: the newly released 3.6-liter V6 Chrysler Penastar beginning to be starring with awards and accolades.
To be eligible for competition, ie belong to the list of competitors, “Ward’s 10 Best Engines”, the car must cost less than $ 55 000 in the U.S. and the engine had to be already available in the first quarter of 2011.
To select the winners, during October and November, the editors of Ward’s Automotive tested vehicles of different brands in mixed urban cycle around the Detroit metropolitan area, which assessed according to their power, fuel economy, noise , vibration, torque, refinement and technological relevance, also clear from the comparison of data.
Electric vehicles arrived, and they did to stay, so it is not surprising that among the 10 best engines of 2011 two units are powered by electricity: Leaf Nissan and the Chevrolet Volt.
How cars will become more common, Nissan Leaf, the first Model 100 percent power and mass production of Japan’s home, and was recognized as the European Car of the Year (COTY 2011), while Chevrolet Volt, was his own with the publication Motor Trend and the “Green Car of the Year 2011″ from the Los Angeles Auto Show in North America. This, in a clear way of changing technologies and new generations of cars in which the power supply will be gradually replaced by electricity in exchange for the gradual disuse of fossil fuels.
So Ward’s only corroborates the importance that the power is to the automotive world, with its choice, that if the total of 10 “Best Engines”, two of which correspond to present 100 percent power as in the case of Nissan Leaf or Extended Range Electric, as the little 1.4-liter engine that recharges the batteries for the Chevrolet Volt to extend their autonomy.