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2011 Infiniti M56Well, we guess someone still has to be goofy about horsepower.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:12 >> Infinity's M, it's always been their street brawler in a suit, and it's gonna brawl a little harder with this new one. This is the forthcoming Infinity M56. Let's go in the engine room and find out where the number comes from. The 56 is 5.6 liters of V8. No turbos or anything like that, just good old displacement. What we're talking about here is 420 horsepower, 417-footpounds of torque. We don't know the zero to sixty is gonna be or the MPG yet, but again, this is the car for the person who wants an M and isn't all that concerned about the gas bill. If you want that, there will be the 3.7-liter V6. However, there are a couple tricks to save fuel in this vehicle even though it's on the biggish side. One of them is what they call "eco pedal." So, your drive-by wire that controls the intake on this car actually will give you a little bit of feedback on the pedal. Push back on your right foot if you're driving in a gas guzzling way. Now, you can defeat that, but it's gonna push back and say mmm, if you want to save gas, don't push on me so hard. There's some more tricks inside. Let's go. Now, here, in the center console is another way to get this thing a little bit on the eco side. Select eco on the Infinity drive controller right here. You've also got a snow mode that will make it pussyfoot through snowy conditions. The dot is standard, and sport is, of course, sport. And that'll modify the whole powertrain curve and I believe suspension behavior as well. Transmission is now a seven-speed automatic in this vehicle. Notice there's a little bit of different thing going on here with a lot of the traditional Infinity center stack. First of all, they used to have a much larger controller here that had directional buttons on it. Now, the controller has been made smaller and more elegant, and you move the whole thing around instead of pushing the directional button around the compass, so that's a little different. And of course, you push in the middle to select, and you still got a rotating ring there. They've also made a minor change to the rest of this Infinity controller button gear. They've changed the classic Infinity clock. It's been oval, I think, since day one. Now, they've got this little -- kind of a littler Cartier-looking thing with a kind of trapezoidal rectangle. It's a small thing, but I notice small things like that. Little different look and feel on the actual LCD interface. It's a little more nicely rendered. Beyond that, though, it's a very familiar system with a lot of, you know, Nissan Infinity cues to the way they lay things out. Nice and clean. Oh, by the way, this seven-speed automatic can spit it out to two different drive trains, a rear-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive, so that snow mode isn't exactly a joke. Okay, no pricing to tell you about yet. Infinity's not gonna nail that down until this things about to go to show room. That whole dollar-yen thing is making that kind of a crazy man's game. But this is what's really interesting, a year after the 56 arrives with the big V8, then they're gonna pull this model out with a dual mode hybrid, and I'm pretty sure they're not gonna do it to make it a fuel sipper, but more the way Lexus GS does it, to make a barn burner. ^M00:02:57 [ Music ]