Attendees at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit were abuzz about the dramatic launch of INFINITI’s stunning and technologically groundbreaking QX50 Crossover Concept.
New VC-Turbo A Technological Marvel.
The gorgeous QX50 marks a significant engineering accomplishment for INFINITI, as the automaker debuted its radical new 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine that will power the QX50 and other vehicles. The world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine was designed as an alternative to existing hybrid and diesel engines.
The 268-hp, in-line, four-cylinder VC-Turbo Variable Compression powerplant achieves superior efficiency by adapting its compression ratio to adjust for different driving conditions. It, therefore, delivers an optimal balance of performance and fuel economy while providing a high level of efficiency and torque. Additionally, the VC-Turbo is projected to be 27% more efficient than comparable V6 engines.
According to Roland Krueger, president of INFINITI Motor Company, “The pioneering VC-Turbo powertrain represents a leap forward for engine development. Vehicle engineers believe the breakthrough in internal combustion technology would come from mastering the variable compression ratio. This new technology will be available in new INFINITI models from 2018.” Continue Reading →