Infiniti announced that production of their new, lightweight twin-turbo V6 engine has started at the Iwaki plant in Japan.
The new unit is the lightest, most powerful and fuel-efficient V6 Infiniti has ever offered, and it will debut under the bonnets of the new Q50 and Q60 coupe.
Infiniti’s new V6 will be available in two power outputs, 304PS or 405PS (300hp-400hp), with the European market getting only the more powerful version. Codenamed VR30, the twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 will be built at the Iwaki engine plant in Japan.
One of the highlights is the bespoke turbine speed sensor and the overhauled turbine blade design which allows for 10 per cent increase in turbine speeds, making the turbochargers spin at 220,000rpm.
Infiniti has also worked hard on optimizing the valve timing by installing a small electric motor to the valve timing system and thus claiming class-leading throttle response.
“Infiniti is in the middle of a major product offensive, significantly expanding and refreshing our product portfolio. With the new V6 engine, Infiniti vehicles will become even more powerful and more fun to drive,” said François Goupil de Bouillé, Vice President of Infiniti Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The experienced team at the Iwaki Plant will deliver the engines with the highest levels of quality for our customers across our EMEA region and around the world.”
The first model to get the new engine will be the 2016 Q50, with the new Q60 coupe to follow on a later date.