Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Infiniti M56 S test Drive.
I think the new Infiniti M is one of these cars that some people hate. And others, maybe not love, but really like.
When I first saw pictures of it, I thought it had a melted look that wasn't very attractive.
But things are much better in person. At least for me.
I think the car is attractive, and quite impressive in person.
Especially with the 20 inch fitted to my test car.
It sure is a million times better looking than the new E class from Mercedes. And has more personality than the new A6.
But I sure like the new BMW 5 series's "quiet, modern yet expensive look".
A more subtle approach to luxury...
The interior of my test car did not have the weird an tacky airbrushed looking wood trim.
I guess it is only in the V6 version. Or the stunning dark wood trim I had was maybe part of the $2000 sport package.
Either way, the interior impressed me very much.
Everything feels ultra solid, And the attention to detail is amazing.
I have to say, this is one of the most impressive interior I have experienced.
Although there were still a few details missing.
Like an auto up feature for the windows. Which is weird at this pricepoint.
Or an adjustable center armrest. Another thing I would expect.
And the headrests don't adjust forward, they do in most European cars.
The stereo sounded great. Although I am still not sure it needs 16 speakers.
Everything you touch feels amazing. Every nob has a special texture.
The shapes whitin the doors match the design of the interior dome lights, etc...
It is quite a wonderful place to be....
The ride is very stiff. Maybe too much for most.
Although the platform is very solid and there is never a rattle or a squeak, you feel everything. Every ripple and bumps.
I was fine with it.
I think most people spending close to $70 000 in a luxury sedan might want something a bit smoother.
Same thing for the steering.
It is quite firm. Which is great.
This is a car that gives you plenty of feedback when you drive.
This 5.6 Liter V8 produces an amazing 420hp.
And you feel them all the time.
It is really like driving a muscle car. Except you barely hear anything.
It felt like a quiet Camaro SS at some times.
Quite an amazing feeling.
It is rated at 16MPG in the City and 25 on the HWY.
I got about 14 in the city.
But the transmission has an "Eco" mode. Which in effect, zaps all power from the car. Turning it into a giant Prius .
But I did get 17MPG around town on the Eco mode.
Although I would never use it it this was my car.
There is just no power left, like if the car started in 3rd gear, and shifted to 7th right away...
But. I did use it on the freeway. Where it's OK to just cruise around at around the speed limit. And I did get a quite amazing 31MPG there.
So I think the Eco mode does has some value, and there is a benefit to it, at least on the freeway.
The Infiniti M56 is quite an amazing car.
It starts at $57 500, and my test model, including a few packages, was almost $68 000.
Which is in line with the V8 competition.
But the V6 version already has 330hp, which is plenty.
And should be much more attractive for most.
A hybrid version is coming soon as well. Getting more power than the V6, and rated at 24/32 MPG.
But if you want a luxury car that drives like a true muscle car. This is it....
Posted by Vince Burlapp at Tuesday, February 15, 2011