More Stories Although almost all mainstream automotive engines are designed for a long production run, precious few ever enjoy benchmark status, even when they’re the newest engine in the market. Nissan’s VQ, meanwhile, continues as a benchmark nine years after its launch. It’s a remarkable feat, readers, one that bears re-emphasis: the very first VQ available in the U.S., a 3L DOHC V-6, was a winner in Ward's first 10 Best Engines competition in 1995. In the eight subsequent ...

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