Great News! The world’s first production variable compression ratio engine – the Infiniti VC-Turbo – has been added to Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems list for the second year in a row!  The VC-Turbo Engine was able to successfully beat a wide range of other new (and improved) powertrains (26 nominees in all) from manufacturers around the world.  Keep reading to learn more. 


Above:  The 2020 QX50 which holds the 2.0-Liter VC-Turbo Engine

Infiniti’s 2.0-Liter VC-Turbo Engine is a breakthrough in combustion engine design, because it continuously changes its compression ratio – by raising or lowering the pistons’ reach!  “When developing the VC-Turbo engine, we wanted to create a powertrain that had the power and performance of a far larger engine while still retaining the favorable fuel consumption of a turbocharged four-cylinder,” said Jeff Pope, Group Vice President, INFINITI Americas. “This engine’s ability to continuously adjust its compression based on driver’s input allows it to provide peak performance in any given situation, making it an ideal engine for a variety of vehicles and applications.”


Above:  The 2.0-Liter VC-Turbo Engine

In operation, you can find the VC-Turbo in the new 2020 QX50, which offers a compression ratio between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency). The engine also delivers an amazing 268 hp at 5,600 rpm and 280 lb ft at 1,600 – 4,800 rpm – coming close to the performance of some V6 gasoline engines! In addition, the VC-Turbo offers a great power-to-weight ratio along with a small overall size, which allows the QX50’s cabin to be moved forward – providing more interior space!  The QX50 also boasts rear legroom of up to 38.7 inches, with even more space available for additional cargo.

If you would like more information on the Infiniti VC Turbo Engine, or the new 2020 Infiniti QX50, then please stop by and visit us at our Guelph Infiniti dealership!  Alternatively, please feel free to check out our Guelph Infiniti Website, and view our New 2020 QX50 Online Inventory at your leisure!


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