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Infiniti's VC-Turbo, the world's first variable compression ratio engine, has been recognised at The International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards.

27 Jun 2019 | International News : Japan


Infiniti's VC-Turbo, the world's first variable compression ratio engine, has been recognised with high scoring results at The International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards. The 268bhp VC-Turbo was recognised in two key categories - 250PS to 350PS, as well as Best New Engine, competing with the best the automotive industry has launched this year.

The VC-Turbo is the world's first variable compression ratio engine
The engine was first introduced in the new Infiniti QX50 premium midsize sport utility vehicle. A 2.0-litre turbocharged and intercooled engine, the VC-Turbo is the result of more than 20 years of ingenuity and passion within Nissan Motor Co. The groundbreaking engine is able to intelligently switch between compression ratios of 8:1 (for power) and 14:1 (for efficiency) in just over a second. It can also operate at any ratio between the two, to suit the demands of the driver and road conditions. 

"Aside from gaining a big advantage over rival brands with this technology, Infiniti and Nissan might just have saved the internal combustion engine as we know it," said Dean Slavnich, Co-chairman of the awards. "And in doing so, it has secured their own future too, because innovation brings success." 

"Variable compression ratio technology represents a breakthrough in powertrain development," said Michael Colleran, Deputy Chairman of Infiniti Motor Company. "The QX50, powered by the VC-Turbo, is the first production vehicle ever to give drivers an engine that transforms on demand, setting a new benchmark for powertrain capability and refinement, so customers can have the best combination of power and efficiency." 

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