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INFINITI VC-Turbo Engine Gets High Scores in The International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards

The INFINITI VC-Turbo is the world’s first variable compression ratio engine and has recently been recognized with high scores at The International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards. The 272PS (268 horsepower) VC-Turbo was named in two key categories: 250PS to 350PS and Best New Engine, competing with other engines and powertrains the automotive industry has launched this year.

With the ability to switch between compression ratios of 8:1 (for power) and 14:1 (for efficiency) in just over a second the VC-Turbo engine is intuitive and responsive. It can also operate at any ratio between the two to suit the demands of the driver and road conditions. The engine was first introduced in the 2019 INFINITI QX50 midsize luxury SUV, which also features standout design and unrivaled interior space, all on an entirely new platform. The VC-Turbo engine is seen as a bridge to electrification for INFINITI, as the company moves to revealing an electrified product portfolio within the next few years.


Results for The International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards were determined by a jury of 70 automotive journalists representing 31 countries and many more publications. Their findings highlighted the global impact made by the new VC-Turbo engine.

“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.”

Our INFINITI Dealership near Sugarland has a selection of new 2019 INFINITI QX50 models in stock now. We invite you to come take a test drive and experience all the award winning VC-Turbo engine has to offer.