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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 91TTZ on 9/4/2012 4:03:57 PM , Rating: 2
I used to think there is no replacement for displacement. But a super light car, that handles well, with a responsive throttle, is WAY better than a heavy V8 powered lead sled. I also could really give a fig about "smoothness" if I need to pay double gas price for that benefit. I'll stick to my "underpowered" subarus thanks.

Let's compare the Subaru WRX to a "heavy V8 powered lead sled" Corvette.

WRX Curb Weight: 3073
Corvette Curb Weight: 3199

WRX Fuel Economy: 17/19/23 mpg
Corvette Fuel Economy:16/19/26 mpg

The "lead sled" weighs only 4% more, has 67% more power, and as a final insult to injury gets the same/better gas mileage.

By Motoman on 9/4/2012 4:58:44 PM , Rating: 2
While I would never pick a WRX over a ' own pocketbook notwithstanding...I thought I'd point out that there's also considerably different levels of investment going on there.

A 2012 WRX STi is about $36k.

Corvettes start at $50k for the barebones version...and run up to $111k for the ZR1.

A closer comparison might be the Camaro. Which can be had in a reasonable trim for ~$36k. Weight about 3750, 426hp, 16/24mpg.

So, ~22% more weight, but ~40% more power. And better gas mileage (on the highway, anyway).

In my book, decision still goes to the Camaro.

By Manch on 9/5/2012 3:56:17 AM , Rating: 2
I'd never pick a chevy over any Ford or Subaru. I miss my Subaru, it made an awesome winter car. Mustang, not so great during the winter.

By Manch on 9/5/2012 3:14:51 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, the vette is an unfair compare. I posted the mustang vs Subaru wrx comparo above, since they're similarly priced and weights are pretty close.

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