By on December 15, 2015

5.6-liter Endurance® V8 Gasoline Engine to Power Nissan TITAN a

Nissan announced Tuesday that its new Titan and Titan XD pickups will be powered by an all-new 5.6-liter V-8 that makes 390 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. The new V-8 replaces the aging mill that produced 317 hp and 385 pound-feet of torque.

According to Nissan, the new V-8 — dubbed Endurance — will be built at the automaker’s Decherd, Tennessee powertrain assembly that produces all powertrains for vehicles assembled in the U.S.

(Apparently, Nissan’s announcement broke the automaker’s press site. The site went down shortly after the announcement.)

Although the new 5.6-liter V-8 shares a similar displacement to the engine that it replaces in the Titan, there are key differences, according to the automaker. The new V-8 will use direct injection, unlike the last generation, and it will feature a higher compression ratio (11.2:1 vs. 9.8:1). Variable Valve Event & Lift, similar to the outgoing engine, will continue in the new V-8.

The new engine shares many similarities with the Infiniti QX80’s 5.6-liter V-8, which is built in Yokohama, Japan. Both engines are mated to 7-speed automatics with adaptive shift and downshift rev matching. The QX80’s engine is slightly more potent; it produces 400 hp and 413 pound-feet of torque.

(The 5-liter Cummins diesel engine found in the Titan XD uses a six-speed auto, interestingly.)

A Nissan spokesman didn’t immediately comment on the differences between the two engines.

It’s unclear if the new Endurance V-8 will replace the Yokohoma, Japan-built 5.6-liter V-8 in the Infiniti QX80, which is assembled in Canton, Mississippi. According to the Decherd powertrain plant’s website, it produces all powertrains for U.S.-built Nissan and Infiniti vehicles, including the Nissan Leaf.

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41 Comments on “Nissan Announces New 5.6-liter V-8 for Titan, Titan XD...”


  • avatar
    kkop

    Multi-displacement system (like Hemi for instance)? Old 5.6 was pretty thirsty, I averaged between 12 and 13mpg.

  • avatar
    mikeg216

    This will be thirsty, Nissan is not known for efficient power plants let alone a big one with all this technology on it

    • 0 avatar
      MBella

      The outgoing V8 excluded, is that really fair? They’ve been pretty average as far as fuel economy. The last V8 was also designed at a time when fuel economy wasn’t very important. I was still in high school when it came out, and was complaining when premium reached a $1.50 per gallon. At that time, power and torque were what was important, fuel economy be damned.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      Mikeg216,
      Any gasoline engine in a heavy vehicle will chew through fuel. I would expect this engine to be returning better FE than the older 5.6.

      I would rather have this than a EcoBoost in a pickup, any day of the week.

    • 0 avatar
      wmba

      “Nissan is not known for efficient power plants”

      So why is the Altima with a port-injected 2.5l four cylinder consistently the most frugal of the mid-size cars?

      You know, ones that don’t have hybrid or i-loop attached to the ends of their names. I still don’t know how they do it, and am not enamoured of the car itself, but there you are.

  • avatar
    gearhead77

    I believe the old V8 was called Endurance too. My brother had an early build 04 Titan and I remember an Endurance badge or something having the word Endurance on it.

    And it was a thirst pig of an engine. 5.4 Ford bad, but way more fun.

    • 0 avatar
      Sansnom

      More fun? The 5.4 Ford and 5.6 Nissan engine were pretty close in terms of output:

      5.6: 305 to 317hp (@ 4900 rpm), 379 to 385 lb-ft (@ 3600 rpm)
      5.4: 300 to 320hp (@ 5000 rpm), 365 to 390 lb-ft (@ 3500 rpm)

      They both beat the 5.3 Vortec in the torque ratings:

      5.3: 295 to 315hp (@ 5200 rpm), 335 to 338 lb-ft (@ 4000 to 4300 rpm)

  • avatar
    johnny_5.0

    The only thing I found interesting was that the 2015 Titan was still using a version with 317hp. That’s as bad as Ford leaving the V8 Expedition to wither for so long. I assumed the Titan had close to 400hp for years.

  • avatar
    balreadysaid

    7 speed will be huge for this motor. This will be very solid setup. The xd will have a way better payload with this and also should sh!+ and git!

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    I do think this engine will be a different beast than the “older” 5.6. For starters GDI will help with FE.

    This engine in the XD will chew through some fuel, this is a given due to the mass of the XD.

    In the lighter Titan I would expect this engine to deliver better FE than even the older V8.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    And Toyota soldiers on with the 4.7L gas guzzling boat anchor.

    This is where someone replies with, “at least it’s reliable.”

    Yup – that’s what people said about the ‘ye old GM 4.3L V6 back in 2002 after it had been under hoods in one form or another for decades.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Ye old 3800.

      Does GM have a stone cold reliable V6 these days?

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        The OHV Ecotec 4300

        • 0 avatar
          APaGttH

          Which is not to be confused with the ye’ old 4.3L V6 from yester year – only the displacement is the same.

          I know there is an updated 3.0L V6 making the rounds under GM hoods – have no knowledge about it or its reliability.

          Anyway, turbo 4 is where it is at these days, just ask Audi, and BMW, and Mercedes, and Lexus, and Jaguar, and…

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Four of those five are not known for stellar reliability or value for the money with N/A motors while the fifth only recently adopted such fail and remains to be seen how successful they will be.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      Toyota hasn’t used the 4.7L V8 since about 2010.

      The 2UZ-FE was largely replaced by the 4.6L 1UR-FE V8 around 2008.

    • 0 avatar

      Just sold an ’07 Silverado with 290k on a 4.3l V6. Ran like a top with ice-cold air. Don’t ask me about anything else, just know that it – like most GMs – will always be a stylish, dependable meat locker if nothing else.

      • 0 avatar
        APaGttH

        The HVAC systems in the GM trucks (at least the GMT800 and 900 models I’ve driven) were capable of freezing steaks in the summer and cooking steaks in the winter.

    • 0 avatar
      kit4

      That 4.7 gas guzzling “boat anchor” hasn’t been used in SIX YEARS but don’t let those facts get in the way of your Toyota bash fest. And the 2UZ-FE is a brilliantly smooth and reliable engine. It was far and away a class leader when it debuted in the 2000 Tundra. VVTi, 4 valves per cyclinder, DOHC and insanely torquey for its displacement. The only boat anchors were the tired old pushrods the domestics were peddling at the time.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        “The only boat anchors were the tired old pushrods the domestics were peddling at the time.”

        Jesus Fecking Christ. Can’t we just like V8s without the brand worship and/or hate? It is getting to be a rare enough configuration as it is.

        My father drives a 4.7 Tundra and I have Charger R/T. Somehow we are able to both like the merits of each other’s engine choice and not act like fools.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          @ajla

          He can’t. Everything he says is blatantly brand biased toward Toyota, no matter what anybody is saying. Even if we’re talking about Fiat, he will be talking about Toyota. Just ignore him.

        • 0 avatar
          ponchoman49

          You mean those same tired pushrod style engines that are producing 12 second 1/4 mile times and 28 highway MPG in the new Camaro or the 5.3 that has always beat Toyota and Nissan in mileage in the full sized pickup trucks or the 6.2 Silverado that biotch slaps the two Asian trucks in power and mileage today. Yeah those sound like such tired engines!

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            He is indicating “at the time”. Still, he’d be wrong. GM pushrod V8 engines have been so good for so long that Ford went to twin turbocharged six cylinder engines to stay competitive. I really like the new 2.7TT and the 3.5TT, but I have nothing but respect for the 5.3L and 6.2L GM engines.

      • 0 avatar
        Sansnom

        Ford stopped using pushrod V8s in their pickups in 1997. Dodge had an SOHC engine in their pickups starting in 2001. The 2v 4.6 Ford engine is pretty much bulletproof. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure the 4.7 is a great engine.

    • 0 avatar
      ponchoman49

      You mean the 5.7 guzzler that is still rated for a stellar 13/17 in the Tundra

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