Infiniti recently hired a brand new CEO, but not any CEO. They got Audi USA’s CEO Mr. Johan De Nysschen who set course to fix the brands current confused luxury line-up with model names that can get quite confusing. He started by ditching the current names of all the brands G, M, FX, EX, JX, QX and replaced them with a simpler more logical approach involving the letter Q: with Q for Sedans/coupes and QX for SUVs. So the Q70 is basically what used to be The Infiniti M, with a much better revised platform.
The new Infiniti Q70 is basically the Long-wheel base car that is on the offer by the Japanese luxury brand Infiniti, while the Q50 is also a long-wheelbase that replaces the G model prior. This move was aimed at attracting customers that prefer to be driven by a chauffeur, but don’t want to break the bank with their next long-wheelbase driven car. Tackling this niche will secure Infiniti’s spot in China’s mix of brands competing for the Long-wheelbase sales.
The all new 2015 Infiniti Q70s is one tough car, it can shred tires just as good the Chrysler SRT and is allot of fun as well. While I browsed the cars stats, I was kind of shocked to see a 5.6l badge on an Infiniti due to the current trend of Manufacturers (specially luxury ones) favoring forced induction over large displacement. Just look at BMW and Mercedes’s new lineup.
As for the 5.6Liter V8 under the hood, well it has a healthy 420hp and 417 lb-ft of torque tapping the 0-60mph sprint in 4.9 seconds and a quarter mile time of 13.6 seconds which is in par with its competition. Just remember, it isn’t a sports car but a luxury sedan that has an umph to it but is quite fat and full of weight which truly affects the cars performance on a lap. So you might be better off with a different car if you’re looking for a sports sedan with some luxury bits.
As I write this review, I wonder when it became very average to see figures like 400hp and 4 second sprints. It seems that most Manufacturers are dropping these figures these days but really neglecting the fact that the market is shifting towards eco systems, and basically luxury cars that are not fuel hungry.
The Infinity Q70S 5.6 really looks like it dropped pace by putting a large V8 under the hood, which other competitors are offering a twin turbo V6 with much torque with the Cadillac CTS-V, while BMW gives the M4 a similar treatment.