INFINITI VC-Turbo Engine Wins Double Awards
INFINITI’s variable compression ration engine (VC-Turbo engine) has recently been recognized with two industry awards. Selected for its ability to optimize engine compression for both power and fuel efficiency, the VC-Turbo received the Driveline Technology of the Year Shift Award from Roadshow by CNET. This first of-its-kind engine also received the ALG Powertrain Innovation Award.
The Roadshow Shift awards recognize the best in innovative, disruptive technologies and products in the automotive world. The VC-Turbo engine was selected for its ability to provide excellent efficiency and strong performance in an environmentally responsible package.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from Roadshow by CNET for the INFINITI VC-Turbo, which debuted on the all-new 2019 QX50 last year,” said Mike Colleran, vice president and managing director, INFINITI Americas. “The VC-Turbo offers drivers an engine that continuously transforms based on their driving behavior, and we believe it establishes new benchmarks for future engine technology.
The Powertrain Innovation Award from ALG recognizes powertrains that embody the driving experience, taking into account the elements of power, efficiency and handling dynamics. The INFINITI VC-Turbo engine’s unique combustion design changes its compression ratio seamlessly with an advanced multi-link system, continuously raising or lowering the pistons’ reach, which provides remarkable power and strength.
“While alternative fuel and electrification are trendy topics, internal combustion is still the dominant engine choice worldwide. INFINITI engineers are proving there is still room for innovation with the introduction of the variable compression, VC-Turbo engine,” said Eric Lyman, senior vice president, ALG. “The ability to adjust compression ratio unlocks optimal power or efficiency depending on driver inputs. The result is an innovative engine with enhanced flexibility and applications.”
The new VC-Turbo Engine powers the 2019 INFINITI QX50. Beyond the exceptional power and efficiency it provides, the engine’s compact size allows for more interior space and plenty of room for sliding and reclining rear seating. This extra space includes up to 38.7 inches of rear seat legroom and enough room in the trunk to accommodate a stroller positioned length-wise and additional cargo space.
We invite you to learn more about this award winning engine by taking a test drive at our INFINITI Dealership in Houston, Texas. Our team is on standby to answer your questions and help you explore all of the automotive innovations INFINITI vehicles have to offer.