Aggressive and daring design is the benchmark of the Infiniti M. From the bold grille and the low front sweeping back with sculptured design features, to the fastback rear end, this car turns heads.
Light aluminium construction helps save weight and increase fuel consumption. The official performance stats suggest that the 3.7 V6 petrol engine, producing 235kw@7000 rpm and 360Nm at 5200rpm, propels the Infiniti to a top speed of 250km/hr, with a 0-100km/h sprint in 6.2 seconds.
While adhering to the national speed limit, we attained a very credible 9l/100km on the route to the coastal town of Mossel Bay and back, cruising at an average of 100km/hr. This is assisted by Eco-Pedal technology, which assists in saving fuel by introducing resistance against too much pressure on the throttle when accelerating.
The silky smooth 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control, or Magnesium Shift Paddles, ensures a silky smooth gear change when required. Overtaking is a pleasure when that extra turn of speed is required, with the power being transferred smoothly to the rear wheels.
The low centre of gravity, excellent weight distribution and positioning of the engine all add up to a package with superb ride and handling characteristics, enhanced by 4-wheel steering.
Passenger comfort is outstanding as you sink into the full leather seats. The fully adjustable front seats with electric lumbar adjustment and ventilation allow the driver and passenger to set the seats perfectly, allowing for hours of comfortable hassle-free motoring.
The specification standards in the Infiniti are exceptional. Auto levelling bi-xenon headlamps with washers and a ‘follow me home’ feature, as well as LED tail lamps and front and rear fog lights. Front and rear parking sensors coupled to a rear view camera makes parking a breeze.
Features also include the multifunctional steering wheel with cruise control. Distance Control Assist automatically adjusts following distance depending on the speed of the traffic in front. The Dynamic Safety Shield Pack also alerts the driver via audible and visual warnings of a possible collision, and will automatically engage the brakes to minimise potential collision damage. Other features include a world first, blind spot intervention, which warns the driver of cars approaching through the blind spot on the left and the right of the vehicle. A camera detects unintentional lane departure and selectively brakes the vehicle, bringing it back to its original course. Cornering is automatically aided by Dynamic Cornering Enhancement which distributes brake force to the wheels to help with cornering.
The Infiniti M also features blue tooth connectivity, an electric sun roof, as well as a full colour 8-inch touch screen interface, a 2GB hard disk drive Infiniti Music Box with MP3, WMA and DivX compatibility as well as a USB/aux port.
All of this is linked to a 16 speaker Bose surround system featuring Active Noise Control. A 30GB hard disk drive satellite navigation system is also featured, along with 3D graphics.
One of the most advanced climate control systems – ForestAir – is installed, offering perfect temperature, humidity and pollution control whilst simulating scents and breezes found in a forest.
All in all the Infiniti M reaches new heights in luxury cars, offering a host of comfort and safety features to suit even the most discerning driver.