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What is the Altima VC-Turbo engine?

By Product Expert | Posted in Altima on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at 9:00 pm
2019 Nissan Altima side view red

2019 Nissan Altima engine options

The 2019 Nissan Altima is a unique vehicle with plenty of features, an AWD option, loads of technology, and some impressive engine options. We are going to concern ourselves with the latter for now as we explore all the 2019 Nissan Altima engine options.

2019 Nissan Altima front view redWhat is the standard 2019 Altima engine?

You can tell a lot about a car based on what engine comes standard, and in that regard, the 2019 Altima is ready to impress. Standard, the Altima receives a high-displacement 2.5-liter 4-cylinder powerplant. This engine is capable of producing 188 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque.

This new engine outpaces the old 2.5-liter engine in both power metrics and it’s actually quieter, cleaner, and more efficient too! This is possible because 80% of this engine’s parts are either new or redesigned.

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2019 Nissan Altima VC-Turbo engineWill the 2019 Nissan Altima have a turbo option?

The Altima does indeed get a turbo, and in fact, it’s getting the world’s first production-ready variable compression turbo inline 4-cylinder, but we will tell you more about what that means in a moment. First, let’s take a look at the numbers.

The engine is called the VC-Turbo for short, and though this engine may seem like just a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with a special turbo, it can put up numbers that would leave most V6 engines in the dust. With 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, the Altima just became more fun than ever before.

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Nissan VC-Turbo engine with hot and cold air visualizedWhat is a variable turbo engine?

What makes the turbo in the VC-Turbo so special? With variable compression, the turbo is able to adjust the engine’s compression on the fly to achieve the best results. Whether you are looking for efficiency or power, this stunning engine can provide.

The compression ratio is able to range from as high as 14:1 all the way down to 8:1. The former gives you the efficiency you want, and the latter gives you the power you crave. This engine has been under development for 20 years, and now it’s finally available and the Altima gets to reap all the benefits.

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