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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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RE: true dat
By GotDiesel on 9/4/2012 2:16:34 PM , Rating: 1
typical under educated naive American reply..
my 2001 jetta tdi alreday returns 55 mpg.. just have to
laugh at your stupid gas guzzling asses..

RE: true dat
By Nutzo on 9/4/2012 4:09:44 PM , Rating: 2
And your 2001 jetta tdi wouldn't be legal in the US for reasons stated earlier, so what's the point?

Besides, my 1980 Puch moped gets 110 MPG (twice your jetta).

RE: true dat
By Ammohunt on 9/4/2012 9:36:08 PM , Rating: 2
Hey Eurotrash! America > Europe get over it! Live free or die!

RE: true dat
By 91TTZ on 9/5/2012 12:04:53 PM , Rating: 2
typical under educated naive American reply.. my 2001 jetta tdi alreday returns 55 mpg.. just have to laugh at your stupid gas guzzling asses..

Here's my undereducated naive American reply:
Your 2001 Jetta TDI wouldn't get 55 mpg in the US. One reason why American mpg figures look so much lower than European mpg figures is because your "gallon" (which is an Imperial Gallon) is 20% larger than the US gallon.

Your Jetta TDI gets 35/38/44 mpg over here.

Also, diesel costs about 10% more than regular gasoline.

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