2011 Infiniti M
For Infiniti’s loyal fans, the M series is the company’s halo car. And for 2011, it’s all-new.
Called the Nissan Fuga in Japan, the new Infiniti M carries much more visual drama than the car it replaces. An initial stroke down its 16-foot flanks moves from behind the swept-back headlights to high-shouldered rear quarters.
A short front overhang, long hood, and clipped tail give the M classic grand-tourer proportions.
A big, imposing grille dominates the front and cools either of two new engines.
The M37 will sport a 330-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 shared with the Infiniti G. The top-flight M56 gets a direct-injected 420-horsepower 5.6-liter V8, modified heavily from duty in the Infiniti QX56.
Both bolt to a seven-speed automatic and drive either the rear wheels-or all four in “x” trim-with four-wheel steering optional on rear-drive models.
Inside, the M’s grandiose, flowing design language continues in leather and optional wood trim, from the twin-hump instrument shroud to the stepped center console.
“The M is arguably Infiniti’s best-looking interior ever. Its twin cockpit theme is just loaded with gadgetry and controls, but it’s all done in a very refined manner.” Shamit Choksey
Forest Air climate control manages airflow and humidity to mimic a fresh breeze, while up to sixteen speakers are available-including shoulder-height speakers in the front.
Pricing hasn’t yet been announced, but we expect the M37 to start for just under $38,000, and the M56 for just over $54,000. Both go on sale in late March.
M37: 330-horsepower3.7-liter V6
M56: 420-horsepower5.6-liter V8
Starting just under $38,000