More than 20 years in the making, INFINITI’s groundbreaking new VC-Turbo is the world’s first production variable compression ratio engine. One of the most technologically-advanced internal combustion engines ever created, the VC-Turbo is capable of physically transforming on demand, delivering the efficiency of four cylinders alongside the performance of a much larger powerplant.
We paired it with the all-new 2019 INFINITI QX50 – and now, it’s been named a 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines award winner.
“INFINITI’s VC-Turbo engine is a first for the industry…On the technology front, it’s mind-blowing what’s happening inside”
-Tom Murphy, WardsAuto Managing Editor
THE COMPROMISE BETWEEN POWER AND EFFICIENCY IS OVER
The VC-Turbo engine is nothing short of a revolutionary industry breakthrough. Utilizing an advanced multi-link system, the VC-Turbo is able to automatically adjust its compression ratio on-the-fly and at running speed. While other engines are trapped within a fixed compression ratio – providing the same balance of power and efficiency regardless of the situation – the VC-Turbo constantly adapts, raising or lowering its pistons’ reach seamlessly, variably and continuously.
This all works to provide QX50 with both the power and strength of a sprinter as well as the efficiency and endurance of a marathon runner, responding smoothly and capably to driver input and the needs of each unique on-demand situation.
It’s no wonder Wards was so impressed.
“When we debuted the VC-Turbo in the all-new QX50 earlier this year, we gave drivers an engine that is able to transform on demand, providing performance and efficiency in one package.”
-Mike Colleran, Vice President and Managing Director, INFINITI Americas
THE ALL-NEW 2019 QX50
INFINITI’s VC-Turbo engine marks a significant leap forward in engine technology, joining other renowned powertrain innovations such as liquid-cooling, fuel injection and catalytic convertors. The arrival of the variable compression ratio engine will establish new benchmarks for power, efficiency and emissions against which future powertrains will be measured – so, what better vehicle to pair it with than the all-new 2019 INFINITI QX50?
Re-designed from the ground-up for 2019, QX50 represents the next step forward in innovative engineering and elegant design for INFINITI. The 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines award is a testament to the decades of research, development and dedication that have gone into one of INFINITI’s most forward-thinking vehicles yet. Experience the VC-Turbo for yourself – drive QX50 today.