Infiniti VC-T engine

2016 Los Angeles Auto Show: Infiniti to make North America debut of variable compression ratio engine

On November 14, Nissan announced that Infiniti will make the North American debut of the VC-T, the world’s first mass market variable compression ratio engine, at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens its doors November 16.

This new engine made its world debut in France at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in September, 2016. With this technology at the core of its next-generation combustion engine powertrains, Infiniti wants to spread its appeal to its flagship market, the United States by showing it at the show.

This variable compression technology uses the latest multi-link system to seamlessly change the piston’s top dead center according to driving conditions and information inputted by the driver, allowing it to quickly change to the most appropriate variable compression ratio. The driver can also change at will between the compression ratios of 8:1 to 14:1.

The 2.0L in-line 4-cylinder gasoline turbo engine with VC-T (T stands for “turbo”) puts out 272ps and 39.8kgm maximum torque. According to Infiniti, its performance is on the level of a V6 gasoline engine and it offers even higher efficiency.

The 4-cylinder VC-T engine also offers less noise and vibration than existing internal combustion engines like diesel engines, and compared to high-output V6 engines, it is lighter and more compact.

(Translated by Greg Scott)