Nissan's new truck, the Titan (and its heavy-duty variant, the Titan XD) received a lot of publicity in the last few weeks: the Japanese automaker went with the bold decision of stuffing in a Cummins turbo-diesel V8 engine displacing 5.0 litres and generating 555 pound-feet of torque.
But Nissan knows not everyone will buy a diesel truck. For some, this configuration is either too expensive, runs too harsh or is plainly useless, as they don't tow regularly. For them, another choice is offered: a new V8 has been launched, the Endurance.
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Pretty modern, this engine gets four valves by cylinder, variable lift and timing as well as direct injection. Thanks to all this, the 5.6-litre engine manages to get an impressive 11.2:1 compression ratio in addition to developing 390 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 401 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. This is a nice increase over the Titan's last V8, which only made 317 horsepower and 385 horsepower.
On the Titan XD, this engine will be associated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Nissan will offer more information on this new powertrain combination closer to launch, which should happen in spring of 2016.