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Awards | 12 06 2013
International Engine of the Year

The 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that powers Peugeot’s flagship Peugeot RCZ and upcoming Peugeot 208 GTi has won the prestigious “2013 International Engine of the Year Award” for the seventh year in a row.

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Developed in co-operation by PSA (Peugeot/Citroen) and the BMW Group, the engine won the award in the 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre category.

In the RCZ and the 208 GTi the 1.6-litre turbo unit produces 147kW of power and 275Nm of torque. It is currently Peugeot’s most powerful engine offering.

“It’s great to see the engine for our new 208 GTi and flagship RCZ awarded with this prestigious accolade. This engine will ensure that the new Peugeot 208 GTi delivers the type of performance that hot hatch buyers are seeking while giving RCZ customers a sporty drive wrapped in a stylish coupe body,” said Peugeot General Manager/Director, Bill Gillespie.

The International Engine of the Year award is one of the automotive industry’s most sought-after accolades and was presented during a ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany last  week.

Organised by Engine Technology International magazine, the award 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.

The engine is part of a family of petrol powerplants, ranging from 1.4 to 1.6 litres (88kW to 147kW) and is available in many Peugeot models including the 208, 308, 3008, 508 and 5008. The engine family, produced at the Française de Mécanique plant in Douvrin, France, now forms the core of Peugeot’s petrol range.

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 family improves fuel efficiency and reduces emissions by around 10% compared with the previous generation.

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