Infiniti Americas has started a project of a one-off boat modified around a QX engine and designed with the luxury, and craftsmanship of its flagship SUV.
The unit is a 400-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 engine with a peak torque of 413 lb-ft and a 8,500-pound towing capacity.
With assistance from Infiniti engineers and training managers, a team of automotive technical training program students from Tennessee Technical Center-Nashville and Nashville State Community College removed the 5.6-liter engine and 7-speed automatic transmission from a 2011 Infiniti QX. Infiniti donated the rest of the vehicle to Tennessee Tech for continued use in their automotive curriculum.
With the engine removal completed, the Infiniti QX-powered luxury boat project is now being prepped to debut by next boating season.
Project updates, with teaser photos, will be provided along the way at facebook.com/infiniti and twitter.com/infinitinews. Fans and followers of these sites will soon also have an opportunity to name the Infiniti-powered boat.