THE 2.7-liter flat-six engine used in the Porsche Boxster and Cayman was named “Engine of the Year,” Porsche announced in a statement, noting that an international jury has given it the nod in the 2.5-liter to 3.0-liter displacement class.
“A brilliant engine for a brilliant car—this centerpiece of Porsche technology combines performance and a sporty pedigree with impressive fuel efficiency,” Porsche quoted Dean Slavnich of Engine Technology International Magazine, which has been giving out the award for 15 years now.
Porsche said the jury also praised the flexibility and responsiveness, performance and smooth running of the smallest-displacement flat engine that Porsche makes.
The engine was derived from the 3.4-liter mill that was downsized in this case. When combined with the carmaker’s PDK transmission in the Cayman, it offers 275 horsepower, fuel consumption of 7.7 liters per 100 kilometers and emissions of 180 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Porsche noted that its 101.6 horsepower-per-liter output means that it surpasses the magic limit of 100 horsepower per liter.
The latest award marks the fourth time that a flat engine from Porsche has won in the competition, according to the carmaker, citing that its 911 Turbo engine won in 2007, its turbo-charged 3.6-liter won the open displacement class in 2008, and the 3.8-liter engine of its 911 Carrera S was named Best New Engine in 2009.
The Engine of the Year award is determined by 87 automotive journalists from 35 countries who evaluate the engines in various categories. Along with power, fuel economy, driving properties and comfort, the use of innovative technologies is also assessed, according to Porsche.