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Old December 11th, 2001, 11:37 PM   #1
Magic Mtn Dan
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So who do you think made the 10-Best Engine list?

The Inline 6-cylinder Reigns on Ward's 10 Best Engines List for 2002

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Only a few years ago believed to be falling out of fashion, inline 6-cylinder engines have taken three of the 10 positions on Ward's Communications' highly anticipated Ward's 10 Best Engines list for 2002.

Inline 6-cylinder engines, inherently smooth by design and long acknowledged for their outstanding noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics, were until recently considered to be a dying breed, as vehicle packaging and safety priorities appeared to spell the beginning of the end for inline multi-cylinder engines. But new-generation developments in vehicle design and shifting consumer vehicle tastes mean the "inline-six" is far from doomed. It is the first year in the eight years of the Ward's 10 Best Engines competition that the inline-six layout has won the majority of 10 Best Engines positions.

The 2002 Ward's 10 Best Engines winners are:

Engine (and tested vehicle)

* BMW AG 3L DOHC I-6 (330 Ci)

* BMW AG 3.2L DOHC I-6 (M3)

* DaimlerChrysler AG 5L SOHC V-8 (Mercedes-Benz ML500)

* Ford Motor Co. 5.4L SOHC V-8/5.4L supercharged SOHC V-8 (F-150/F-150

Lightning)

* General Motors Corp. 4.2L DOHC I-6 (GMC Envoy)

* General Motors Corp. Duramax 6.6L OHV turbodiesel V-8 (Chevrolet

Silverado HD)

* Honda Motor Co. Ltd. 2L DOHC I-4 (Acura RSX Type S)

* Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Altima 3.5 SE)

* Porsche AG 2.7L DOHC H-6 (Boxster)

* Volkswagen AG 1.8L turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Jetta 1.8T)

Five of 2002's 10 Best Engines are repeat winners from last year -- one of 2001's winners, the brilliant Nissan "VQ" 3L V-6, retired for 2002 after winning an unprecedented seven consecutive 10 Best awards, one each year since the awards' inception in 1995. The Nissan VQ legacy lives on, however: this year's winning 3.5-liter Nissan V-6 replaces the multiple award-winning 3L V-6. Meanwhile, the BMW 3.2-liter DOHC inline 6-cyl., General Motors Corp. 4.2-liter "Vortec" inline 6-cyl., DaimlerChrysler Mercedes 5-liter SOHC V-8 and Honda/Acura 2-liter DOHC I-4 all are first-time winners.

"This year may have been the most competitive in the 8-year history of the Ward's 10 Best Engines competition," said Bill Visnic, senior technical editor for Ward's AutoWorld magazine and editor of Ward's Engine & Vehicle Technology Update. "Automakers and their supplier partners are reaching new levels of engine power density and refinement. It may be a cliche, but it's true: the bar is continually being raised -- to the point where winning a Ward's Best Engines award is an engine design and development achievement without parallel."

The 2002 edition of the Ward's 10 Best Engines shows a continuing move towards smaller, more power-dense engines. "There are two gasoline V-8 winners for 2002," notes Visnic, who also points out that three engines on this year's winners' list are inline 6-cyl. units. "It looks like the inline- six format isn't about to fade away," he says, "and in fact, with GM's new high-volume Vortec, it could be said an inline-six renaissance is underway."

During a two-month test period, six editors from Ward's Communications evaluated the engines "nominated" from 30 different cars, trucks and SUVs. Scoring encompassed the crucial engine characteristics of power, torque, noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), technical relevance and basic comparative numbers. All engines nominated and tested were in vehicles with a base MSRP under $50,000. "The engines in high-priced vehicles should be outstanding," says Visnic. "By setting a realistic base price, we ensure the awards have value and relevance to the average consumer."

Details of the Ward's 10 Best Engines will be featured in the January issues of Ward's AutoWorld and Ward's Engine & Vehicle Technology Update and at www.wardsauto.com .

Ward's AutoWorld is a monthly magazine serving more than 100,000 automotive professionals globally. The twice-monthly newsletter Ward's Engine & Vehicle Technology Update provides analysis of engineering advancements and technical issues. WardsAuto.com is an online subscription service delivering virtually all the industry news, data and analysis compiled by Ward's Communications, the world's leader in automotive industry information. Ward's Communications is a Southfield, MI-based division of PRIMEDIA Business, the trade publication group of PRIMEDIA.


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Old December 12th, 2001, 12:18 AM   #2
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The "base" Boxster at that *NM*

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Old December 12th, 2001, 04:29 PM   #3
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The S just barely missed the price cutoff. *NM*

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