The 1.6 litre 200bhp petrol engine that powers both the new Peugeot 208 GTi and refreshed RCZ Sports Coupé has been awarded an International Engine of the Year accolade for the 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre category 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 engine is produced at the Française de Mécanique plant in Douvrin, France and it has become the very core of Peugeot’s petrol range. The 200bhp engine delivers a turbocharged output of 147kw (200bhp) and peak torque of 275Nm, with carbon emissions of just 139g/km on the Peugeot 208 GTi. 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 power unit improves fuel efficiency and reduces emissions by around 10% compared with its previous generation.
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 powerplants offering the best driveability, performance and fuel economy, as well as the successful application of advanced engine technology.
PSA Peugeot Citroën sold more than 2.9 million vehicles worldwide in 2012, of which 38% of sales were outside Europe. The second largest carmaker in Europe, PSA Peugeot Citroën recorded sales and revenue of €55.4 billion in 2012. The Group is the European leader in terms of CO2 emissions, with an average of 122.5 grams of CO2/km in 2012. With sales operations in 160 countries, the Group is also involved in financing activities (Banque PSA Finance) and automotive equipment (Faurecia).