According to Motoring.com.au, Infiniti will slowly be killing off its naturally aspirated V8 powerplants. The report comes after the Australian site spoke with Johan de Nysschen, Infiniti's global president, who stated that eight-cylinder engines are not in the product plans for any new vehicles currently on the drawing board.

"I am afraid (U.S.) CAFE regulations and emission regulations around the world make the development of V8s as part of a new family of engines almost impossible," reiterated Andy Palmer, executive vice president for Nissan. That said, Palmer later told the Australian site that having a V8 in its lineup does not dictate overall performance. "F1 has gone V6 for example. You can get the performance out of a V6 or an I4 and you can get the fuel consumption out of it." Moving forward, Infiniti will likely switch to boosted four- and six-cylinder powertrains that will offer comparable V8 performance with better overall fuel economy.

This certainly isn't a new trend in the automotive world. Many automakers are ditching V8 engines for more efficient V6 powerplants. Audi, for example, has replaced the vast majority of its 4.2-liter V8 engines with 3.0-liter supercharged V6 units in just the last couple of years. And on a larger scale, Ford is enjoying lots of success with its 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 under the hood of its once V8-only F-150 pickup.

Here in the United States, Infiniti uses a 5.0-liter V8 under the hood of the FX50 and employs a larger 5.6-liter V8 in the M56 sedan and QX56 SUV. The report does not say if these V8-killing plans will also affect the Nissan lineup, which currently utilizes eight-cylinder engines in the Armada SUV, Titan pickup and NV commercial van.


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      lasertekk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Down sizing seems to be the future. So no worries. Small V8's, like those of Ferrari in the 70's and 80's may stage a come back. Intoxicating high revving engines to soothe the soul.
      Afi Keita James
      • 2 Years Ago
      This just proves we need to get rid of CAFE, EPA & The Department of energy Vote Gary Johnson.
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      why cant some companys just keep the V8 tradition alive atleast
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zizixx89
        Well, at least the Big 3 aren't planning on doing away with them. The Japanese automakers have never really been known for V8s.
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder how long it will be before there will be no more 6-cylinder cars. Later, even the 4-cylinder cars will have to go. Too many people = less resources and quality of life.
        Dark Gnat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Yeah, we need to start rounding up undesirables and keep them from breeding. :\
      Azazel
      • 2 Years Ago
      RIP Infiniti.
      to your email L
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well they could just make smaller V8's, like a 3 liter. I think even Nissan or Toyota made one, just never in any car for the US. Putting VVT 4v/cyl and dir electronic inj. would give it power and economy.
      donut999
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bought a g37s a few months back. I think about 335 hp. Has all the spirit 99% of drivers would need with some to spare. Plus getting around 20mpg around town and 27 mpg on the only long trip we took. Pleasant departure from my V8 X5 which was about 13/15mpg and just as quick if not quicker.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @donut999
        You don't know how many HP your car has? 328 for the sedan, 330 for the coupe.... FYI, your G37 is faster than every single X5 aside from the X5M.
          Jaclock LaGlock
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          He said, "about" 335. 335 is "about" 330. Most people's AssDyno can't tell 335 from 330 anyway.
      turkeythundergod
      • 2 Years Ago
      The FX I can see working with a turbo VQ. The M, maybe, but I think it's going to lose a little sheen in the eyes of some without a V8. The QX56, Armada, and Titan I don't see working without a V8 option. Some people will always want a V8. Not even offering one seems like a big mistake to me. People like to talk about the F150 being a success with its turbo v6, but fail to mention it has 2 other V8 options.
      Maddoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a shame the growl from the FX50 is amazing. That's most likely means there's no Return of the Flagship Q45 to top the range. And nO exotic twin turbo charged v8 from Infiniti to go head to head vs the M5 or M6.
      Mondrell
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty ironic considering Nissan was bragging about how the engine it intends to field in V8 Supercars actually has street lineage not too long ago.
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        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        Except offering something that European carmakers can only dream about.....making pretty reliable cars at most any price point. Audi should be a laughing stock to have reliability as bad as it has while have the NERVE to charge what it does. When a 20K Hyundai is more reliable than a 70K Audi there is something very wrong.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A P
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          • 2 Years Ago
          @A P
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          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A P
          Please stop perpetuating this myth.
        mike sowell
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yep. And its sad. Acura was on the right track for a few short years. But like the Lincoln brand, they have lost thier way. Unlike Cadillac, which has reinvented itself.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mike sowell
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      transam
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is a sad day when V8s begin to disapear. Worse are the reasons. All because of green perception and "on paper" numbers. While a boosted V6 may offer 1 or 2 mpgs better on paper, (very important for CAFE), real-world milage is typically worse or at best equal to V8s. So to please a useless govt program, the individual suffers. More expensive cars, no advantage or disadvantage in milage. Good stuff CAFE. If the purpose of CAFE is to lower fuel consumption it is currently not working at all, only on paper. To make matters worse car companies have this crazy desire to please the "greenies" out there with perception, not reality. Very sad.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @transam
        Your rant makes sense "on paper".
          transam
          • 2 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
          Say as you will, I know I'm right. Dont be fooled by the good EPA numbers, just look at various auto pubication's observed milage numbers. In most cases thus far, boosted 4 and 6s dont consume less fuel than V6 and V8s respectively.
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