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Infiniti will turn to turbocharged 4- and 6-cylinder engines, hybrids, full electrics

"And another one gone, and another one gone / Another one bites the dust"
Well, it looks as though the recently approved CAFE standards that aim to increase automobile fuel economy to 54.5mpg by 2025 have claimed another victim. Infiniti currently has V8 engine options available in its M luxury sedan, FX crossover, and QX sport utility vehicles, but that likely won't be the case in future iterations of those vehicles.
According to a report by AutoGuide, increasingly stringent fuel economy and emissions regulations mean that V8 engines are no longer on the table for Infiniti vehicles. V8 engines have traditionally been available in luxury vehicles as a symbol of prestige and power, but Infiniti will look to new ways to bring powerful engines to its lineup while still keeping fuel economy in check.
“I don’t think any car that is on Infiniti drawing boards from here onwards we should expect a V8 to be included in that plan,” Johan de Nysschen, Infiniti's global president.
Infiniti's 5.0-liter V8 produces 385hp, its 5.5-liter V8 produces 420hp, and its 5.6-liter V8 (truck-based) produces 400hp.

Infiniti to say good-bye to V8 engines
There are numerous directions that Infiniti can take with the absence of a V8 engine. Automakers like Ford already have twin-turbocharged V6 engines that develop 365hp while still delivering respectable fuel economy. Even Hyundai is rumored to be getting in on the action with a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 which generates 395hp.
For entry-level and mid-range models will also see a shift in available engines as well. Infiniti's current workhorse engine is the 3.7-liter “VQ” V6, but Nissan is also working on a turbocharged four-cylinder engine to deliver comparable power and vastly improved fuel economy.
Other options for Infiniti include fully electric vehicles (like the LE Concept) and additional hybrid models (we’re hoping that Infiniti delivers a production version of the Emerg-E).
Infiniti isn't the only luxury maker to drop a V8 engine from its lineup. When Lexus redesigned its mid-range GS sedan, it dropped the 4.6-liter V8 engine option and instead launched the vehicle with a 3.5-liter V6 and a 3.5-liter V6/performance hybrid model for those that want the power of a V8.

Source: AutoGuide

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By Manch on 9/4/2012 12:09:18 PM , Rating: 2
Not so much big it is as is it is how tall it is. This can limit the applications in smaller cars. You will see them in more so in trucks, SUV's, though for a while BMW had one and they were quite profitable.

By Spuke on 9/4/2012 1:19:59 PM , Rating: 1
All BMW 6 cyl's are inline.

By Manch on 9/4/2012 2:16:34 PM , Rating: 2
Did not know that, only BMW I like is the M3 which is what I was referencing. One day Ill have one.

By RockyM20 on 9/4/2012 2:38:17 PM , Rating: 2
That's right. My 2001 320i has a 2.2L inline 6.

For its day, this engine was just amazing. Very smooth, puts out around 170 HP, and gets me 35+ MPG on the highway.

And as an added benefit this is one of the most easily maintained engines I have worked on. Changing sparkplugs takes maybe 20-30 minutes as everything is accessible on the top of the engine block (unlike the V8's in my trucks). Too bad that parts are so overpriced...

By ilkhan on 9/4/2012 2:52:02 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure this isn't true any more. It used to be that way.

By Spuke on 9/4/2012 5:58:30 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure this isn't true any more. It used to be that way.
Nope! Still is that way.

By Manch on 9/4/2012 7:08:42 PM , Rating: 2
They replaced it with a v8 and some of the 3 series have turbo 4's instead. M3 is going back to an inline 6 right?

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