INFINITI‘s VC Turbo engine, the world’s first production variable compression ratio engine, has been named to Wards 10 Best Engines list for the 2019 model year.
“When we debuted the VC Turbo in the all-new QX50 earlier this year, we gave drivers an engine that is able to transform on demand, providing performance and efficiency in one package,” said Mike Colleran, vice president and managing director, INFINITI Americas.
- The world’s first production variable compression ratio engine – INFINITI’s VC-Turbo engine – has been named to Wards 10 Best Engines list for the 2019 model year.
- Available on the all-new INFINITI QX50, the VC Turbo engine adjusts its compression ratio to optimise power and efficiency, providing the power and strength of a sprinter with the efficiency and endurance of a marathon runner.
- The VC Turbo’s powerful yet compact footprint allows for more interior space, making the 2019 QX50 one of the few vehicles in its segment to offer sliding and reclining rear seating.
“Since its arrival at retailers, the QX50 has consistently broken monthly sales records, and it has become one of the most popular models in INFINITI showrooms.”
In the 25th year of Wards 10 Best Engines competition, the INFINITI VC-Turbo engine was tested against a range of new and significantly improved powerplants from manufacturers around the world, along with Wards 10 Best winners from 2018.
“INFINITI’s VC Turbo engine is a first for the industry, and after spending time in the 2019 QX50, there was no question this engine would be a top contender,” said Tom Murphy, WardsAuto Managing Editor.
“With its power-on-demand personality and improved fuel economy, the VC-Turbo offers a smooth and commanding driving experience that rivals the performance of some V6 engines.
“On the technology front, it’s mind-blowing what’s happening inside the engine as the piston stroke changes length in response to the driver’s throttle inputs, all at running speed.”
A breakthrough in combustion engine design, the 2.0 litre VC Turbo engine adjusts its compression ratio to optimise power and efficiency.
The VC Turbo engine changes its compression ratio seamlessly with an advanced multi-link system, continuously raising or lowering the pistons’ reach, which provides the power and strength of a sprinter with the efficiency and endurance of a marathon runner.
In operation, the QX50’s VC Turbo engine offers any compression ratio between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency).
The engine delivers 200kW of power at 5,600 rpm and 380Nm of torque at 1,600 – 4,800 rpm.
The VC Turbo’s specific power output is higher than many competing turbocharged petrol engines, and it comes close to the performance of some V6 petrol engines. The unit’s single-scroll turbo ensures immediate accelerator responses on demand.
The VC Turbo’s powerful-yet-compact footprint allows the entire cabin to move forward, revealing more interior space and makes the 2019 QX50 one of the few vehicles in its segment to offer sliding and reclining rear seating.
The QX50 also boasts ample rear legroom and a boot that can accommodate a stroller without letting down the back seats, with space for additional cargo.
The 2019 QX50 is the brand’s most advanced vehicle to date and embodies everything INFINITI stands for: Beautiful design, advanced technology and empowering performance features.
The INFINITI QX50 is expected to arrive in Australia in mid-2019.