Infiniti twin-turbo: Its most powerful V6 yet

  • Lightest, most powerful, V6 engine yet from Infiniti
  • VR30 for Q50 and all-new Q60 sports coupes/sedans
  • ‘Designed and engineered to perform
New 3.0 engine for Infiniti
NEW ENGINES IN PRODUCTION: With 60% of the production process for Infiniti’s new twin-turbo V6 automated, meet two of the only 600 staff members on the job. Image: Infiniti

ROLLE, Switzerland – Production of Infiniti’s most powerful engine yet, a compact and light three-litre V6 twin-turbo, has started at parent Nissan’s Iwaki Plant in Japan.

How powerful? Read on…

“This engine will be mounted,” the automaker says, “only in Infiniti vehicles as not only our lightest and most powerful engine yet but also the cleanest and most fuel-efficient V6 we have offered.

“It has the ideal combination of drivability, efficiency and performance and has been developed to supply optimal power and torque for an engine of its size, along with optimised fuel efficiency.”

REPOSITION FOR INFINITI SPORTS MODELS?

The first application will be in the 2016 Infiniti Q50 sports sedan. Along with a number of technology upgrades, the Q50 will, Infiniti says, “deliver more-empowering performance and a more rewarding driving experience”.

It will also be available for the all-new Q60 sports coupe, which celebrated its European premiere at the 2016 Geneva auto show.

New 3.0 engine for Infiniti
303kW VERSION LIKELY FOR SOUTH AFRICA: Looks similar to other Infiniti engines – but the most powerful yet. Image: Infiniti

The engine, parent Nissan explained, was “designed and engineered to perform” and would in the Q60 play an important role in the sports coupe segment.

Two performance levels will be available, 228kW or 303kW, with Europe (and therefore probably South Africa) getting only the more powerful of the two, belonging to the exclusive VR-series power train born, Infiniti says, of the brand’s long-standing heritage of V6 engine production at the Iwaki plant (see image top of page).

“The VR30 was created through extensive in-house experience of six-cylinder development and is backed by a strong history of V6 engines having been listed as a ‘Ward’s 10 Best Engines’ for 14 years from 1995-2008, an unrivalled achievement.”

WE’RE HAVING A MAJOR PRODUCT OFFENSIVE’

Infiniti is running “a major product offensive” that, it says, will significantly expand and refresh its product portfolio. “With the new V6 engine, Infiniti vehicles will become even more powerful and more fun to drive”.

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François Goupil de Bouillé, VP of Infiniti Europe, Middle East and Africa, told The Corner in a media release: “The experienced team at Iwaki will deliver the engines with the highest levels of quality for customers across our EMEA region.”

The Iwaki Plant employs nearly 600 people and was opened in January 1994 since when more than 60% of the production process has been automated. Its engines, the media release added, “have won numerous awards in Japan and the US for their superb performance and superior engineering”.

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