AMG 6.2 Liter V8 Snatches Two Engine of the Year Awards

The beefy naturally aspirated AMG 6.2 liter V8, which will be killed and replaced with a twin turbo 5,5 liter V8 due to fuel consumption and emission reasons, isn’t going to give up without a fight.The 6,208 cubic centimeters powerplant has proven its capabilities again by taking away two accolades at the International Engine of the Year Awards 2010.

The unit took the top spots in the Best Performance Engine and Above 4 litres categories, with 2010 being the second consecutive year when the V8 is praised in the competition.

The M 156, as AMG employees like to call the unit, offers a maximum torque of up to 630 Nm and has a power rating of between 457 hp and 525 hp. The engine powers multiple AMG models, including the C63 AMG, E63 AMG and SL63 AMG.

"The great potential of the award-winning AMG V8 is also reflected in its character-packed, powerful evolution: the engine – dubbed the M 159 – for the SLS AMG super sports car is based on the M 156; in the gullwing the AMG high-revving naturally aspirated engine develops 571 hp and delivers maximum torque of 650 Nm. The overhauled features inside the engine are responsible for the increase in output: the forged pistons adopted from the SLS AMG together with new connecting rods and a lightweight crankshaft make the engine three kilograms lighter. The reduced inertia enhances the agility of the eight-cylinder unit, which offers even more exhilarating responsiveness," stated the press release.

The International Engine of the Year Awards are one of the top honours in the automotive sector, having been introduced in 1999. The chosen powerplants are reviewed by an independent panel of 65 motor journalists belonging to 32 countries.
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