December 12, 2003
Nissan’s VQ V6 engine one of “Ten Best Engines” for tenth straight year
Detroit, Michigan – The Nissan 3.5-litre VQ V6 engine has been named to the annual “Ward’s Ten Best Engines” list for the 10th straight year by Ward’s Communications, Inc. It is the only engine that has been part of the list every year the award has been presented.
The VQ powerplant is offered in a variety of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles for the 2004 model year. These vehicles include the Nissan Altima and Maxima sedans, the Nissan 350Z sports car, the Nissan Murano crossover vehicle, the Nissan Quest minivan, the Nissan Pathfinder sport-utility vehicle in addition to the Infiniti I35 sedan, Infiniti G35 Sedan and Coupe and the Infiniti FX35 crossover utility vehicle.
Ward’s award was based on the 3.5-litre VQ as used in the Infiniti G35 cars. The engine in the G35 Sedan produces 260 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. In the sporty G35 Coupe, the engine generates 280 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 270 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm.
Voting for the best engines was a team of six editors and writers for Ward’s AutoWorld magazine and Ward’s Engine & Vehicle Technology Update newsletter. The panel judged dozens of engines in a wide variety of vehicles priced below $52,500.
Ward’s Communications provides auto industry news, data and analysis, and publishes Ward’s AutoWorld, a monthly magazine with a circulation of 68,000 automotive professionals.