The next generations of Infiniti vehicles will no longer use V8 engines, according to a report from motoring.com.au.
The Japanese luxury brand owned by Nissan will give up on V8 power due to increasingly stringent fuel and emissions regulations.
The Infiniti FX SUV currently uses a 5.0-liter V8 unit, while the M large luxury sedan and the QX use a 5.6-liter V8 engine. The next generations of these models will reportedly axe V8s and replace them with boosted six and four-cylinder engines. It is not clear yet whether Infiniti will chose forced compression or hybridisation to boost its engines. Another option will be simply to build pure EVs, but that will depend on the market trends at the time of the launches.
“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 global president, told motoring.com.au. He added that the V8’s death is inevitable for all manufacturers, not only for Infiniti.
In his turn, Andy Palmer, Nissan executive vice president, said: “I am afraid (US) CAFÉ regulations and emission regulations around the world make the development of V8s as part of a new family of engines almost impossible.”