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  • VC-Turbo is the world’s first variable compression ratio engine
  • First revealed in Paris motor show 2016
  • The VC-Turbo first launched in the 2019 INFINITI QX50 midsize luxury SUV

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The VC-Turbo, the world’s first variable compression ratio engine, was 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.

The VC-Turbo engine is able to intelligently switch between compression ratios of 8:1 (for power) and 14:1 (for efficiency) in just over a second. It can also operate at any ratio between the two to suit the demands of the driver and road conditions.

"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."

The awards jury is made up of 70 automotive journalists representing 31 countries and many more publications, highlighting the global impact VC-Turbo has made.

"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." The QX50 is a stunning midsize SUV with technology and utility that customers around the world appreciate."

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.

A 2.0-liter turbocharged and intercooled engine, the VC-Turbo is the result of more than 20 years of ingenuity and passion within Nissan Motor Co. More than 100 development engines were created in the development process and, at one point, the highly advanced work came to a halt as the computer power needed to finalize the design was not available. When computers caught up with the engineering dream, VC-Turbo became a reality.

Facts and figures about the VC-Turbo:


The year work began on developing the variable compression ratio engine


The year when the VC-Turbo was first revealed, at the Paris Motor Show


The year VC-Turbo went on sale in the INFINITI QX50 premium SUV

8:1 to 14:1

The VC-Turbo is capable of any compression ratio in this range


Compared with a conventional 4-cylinder engine, the VC-Turbo produces 20dB less vibration noise due to the unique engine layout


Number of engines built in the development process


Number of running hours on the test bed


Number of kilometers of real-world road testing

More information on the VC-Turbo engine and the 2019 QX50 are available at


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INFINITI Motor Company Ltd., with representation in markets around the world, will electrify its portfolio in the next three years. The INFINITI brand, launched in 1989, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, North America and China.  INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi-Shi near Yokohama, London, San Diego and Shanghai. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver-assistance technologies. From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault F1 Team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

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