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Infiniti M

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Well if you were a professional drifter, and you were given free reign inside an empty warehouse, what would you do? In this latest video from the team at Network A and Shoot First Media, Formula Drift driver Chris Forsberg gets the chance to take his drift machine through the brand new Driveshaft Shop warehouse. The results are expectedly smokey and sideways. The slick concrete floor combined with the multiple support beams make this one fun video to watch.

Chris’s weapon of choice on this occasion is not his Formula D 370Z , but an Infiniti M . It’s not stock by any means, having had the interior stripped, fitted with a roll cage and fitted with four racing buckets. It seems to be perfectly suited for the task at hand.

If we have any complaints about this piece of tire-shredding footage it has to be that it is a bit short. At 2 minutes and 25 seconds it clocks in on the quick end of the hoonage scale. If you were in the need of a quick automotive jolt for you day, this may be the perfect thing.

Just make sure you stay through to the very end. The best part is just after the 2 minute mark.

Infiniti ’s M Line is in a tricky spot as the Japanese brand’s resident mid-size, performance luxury sedan.

On one hand, it has all the makings of a car that exudes style, performance, luxury, craftsmanship and technology, hallmarks of what makes for a really impressive luxury car. But on the other hand, it’s very classification as a luxury car means that it’s in the cross hairs of some of pretty stiff competition, including the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class , two German luxury sedans that are pretty much synonymous in the market.

That’s the challenge Infiniti has with the M Line . Build it up as a unique luxury sedan with a multitude of features attached to it, all while trying to establish the car as something that can go head-to-head with the BMWs and Mercedes of the world.

It’s an unenviable task that Infiniti hopes the 2013 M Line can live up to.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Infiniti M Line

Whether you know it as the Infiniti M or the Nissan Kuga, you can’t deny that this vehicle is a certified head-turner. And that’s when it comes with its standard format.

Add Wald International’s new Black Bison program and you have a vehicle that now carries additional aesthetic and aerodynamic credentials. The new Black Bison program comes with a plethora of new components for the Infiniti M Infiniti M at a $3,900 price tag. The kit includes an aggressive front bumper with its own sporty air intakes and integrated LED daytime running lights. From there, the car’s side skirts have also been extended while a ventilated rear bumper also carries an integrated diffuser.

But wait, there’s more.

A new roof spoiler ($605) has also been added, as well as a trunk-mounted spoiler ($730) and a set of alloy wheels. Last but not least, Wald International also decided to set up the Infiniti M with a lowered suspension and a choice of two sport exhaust systems, giving the car mechanical upgrades on top of the aesthetic modifications it already sports.

Given that the Infiniti M already sports a top-of-the-line 5.6-liter VVEL direct-injected V-8 engine that produces 420 horsepower, you can’t help but be enamored with Wald’s new Black Bison program that adds a touch of sporty aggressiveness to the car’s overall luxury setup.

In mid-2012, Infiniti added the M35 GT model to its line-up, and just a couple of months later, the company has launched the special edition M35h Business Edition built from that model. The new M35h Business Edition is priced at €54,815 ($86,900 at the current exchange rates) and comes with advanced Connectiviti+ navigation as standard.

The new Business Edition will be offered with an impressive list of technology, including a Bi-xenon Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), rear-view camera, parking sensors, and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The driver will enjoy some of the most amazing driving features currently available on the market, including heated ventilated front seats, Forest Air climate control, HDD Music Box and voice-recognition navigation, Bose 10-speaker high-performance audio system with Bose AudiPilot2 Noise Compensation Technology, Bluetooth, and USB connector.

Under the hood, Infiniti has placed a 364 HP 3.5 liter V6 hybrid drivetrain combined with a 7-speed automatic transmission. This power is just enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds, adding speed to amazing comfort features.

Infiniti M

Just recently, we reported that Johan de Nysschen left Audi USA to head up Infiniti , and it appears he is already making some necessary changes. According to Car Sales, Nysschen confirmed that it, like many other automakers, is heading away from V-8 engine configurations to help reduced CO2 emissions and help it meet the anticipated CAFE standard of 54.5 mpg by 2025. He was quoted saying: “I don’t think any car that is on Infiniti drawing boards from here onwards we should expect a V8 to be included in that plan”

This means that models like the FX50 , M56 , and other V-8-powered Infinitis will opt for a turbocharged or supercharged V-6 or 4-cylinder engine. Ironically enough, the sister company of Nysschen’s former employer is going the exact opposite route, cutting out its turbocharged V-8 in favor of a V-12 configuration .

It is admirable seeing luxury automakers willing to take a step forward to help meet the needs of the world, as fuel prices continue to rise. This is a sharp contrast to his former employer stance, as Volkswagen has spoken out pretty harshly against these upcoming regulations and is one of only a handful of car manufacturers that has not signed the CAFE agreement. We wonder if this was a ideological difference that helped push Nysschen away from Audi and VW .

Keep an eye out for the next generation of Infiniti cars to be lacking the all mighty Nissan 5.6-liter V-8 engine and we are now awaiting Nissan to announce a similar changeover. This would entail changes to the Nissan Titan and NV van lineups. Ford has already shown that a turbocharged V-6 engine works great in a pickup truck and we’re sure it translates well to a van too.

Source: Car Sales

Infiniti has just added a new version to its M35h line-up: the new M35h GT arrives in Infiniti dealers from July and will be priced from £41,101 - or about $65,000 at the current exchange rates. With this price the new GT model is about £3970 ($6,200) cheaper than the current Premium version.

The M35h ’s hybrid system combines a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 68 HP electric motor mated to a 7-speed Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) automatic transmission. This system helps the sedan to deliver an impressive fuel economy of 29 mpg (combined).

The new GT version is offered with an impressive list of standard equipments including a 16-speaker Bose® surround system, Infiniti’s latest Connectiviti+ navigation/entertainment system, semi-aniline leather seat facings, heated and ventilated front seats, bi-Xenon headlights with Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS), alloy wheels and White Ash wood trim finished with real silver powder.

"Cost of ownership is an important consideration in any new car purchase. With the M35h GT grade it now means that the P11D values have been reduced and along with the recently improved CO2 rating there are lower bills for companies and for their drivers," said Infiniti UK Fleet Sales Manager, Simon Lewis.

The luxury and large car market in China is supposed to be ready to grow even more in 2012 and in response, automakers are preparing to meet that demand with new, longer versions of their current models. Infiniti is ready to take on the market with the new M Long Wheelbase at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.

The new Infiniti M Long Wheelbase will be offered in two versions: M35hL hybrid and M25L. The M35h L is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an electric motor for a total output of 359 HP, while the M25L features a 2.5-liter V6 with an output of 232 HP. Compared to a standard Infiniti M Infiniti M , the new Long Wheelbase version features a longer wheelbase that grows by 5.9 inches to a total of 120 inches.

"The Infiniti M long-wheel-base – available in M35hL hybrid and M25 normally aspirated versions – is the first high-end Infiniti luxury sedan tailor-made for Chinese customers," said Nissan Nissan ’s vice president Andy Palmer. "It strikes a perfect balance between outstanding performance and environmental sustainability and brings a new challenger to China’s premium car market."

The new Infiniti M Long Wheelbase will go on sale in China starting June 2012.

Hybrid vehicles aren’t generally looked at as fast machines capable of break-neck speeds. In truth, hybrids aren’t even marketed as such. Their true calling card is the promise of better fuel economy and improved CO2 emission ratings.

Unless of course you can find a way to marry all three elements the way Infiniti managed to do with the new M35h. Nissan’s luxury division has released a video of their new M35h sedan taking on the equally irrepressible 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid.

Not one to back down from a German challenge for full-on hybrid supremacy, the M35h and the Panamera S Hybrid engaged in a quarter-mile drag race - with surprising results.

Not only did the 360-horsepower M35h complete its time in just 13.4 seconds - impressive for a hybrid! - but it also managed to spank the Panamera S Hybrid by a good second. On top of that, the time is also a marked improvement from their previous record time of 13.9031 seconds , eclipsing the Guinness World Record by a tidy half-a-second.

Check out the video and watch the Infiniti M35h show up the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid.

UPDATE 02/13/12: Infiniti has released a behind-the-scenes look at all the preparation work, setup, and equipment involved in filming the video showing the M35h’s record-breaking acceleration time. It sure looked like it took a lot of complicated equipment just to shoot a video on how the M35h became the fastest accelerating hybrid in the world. Check out how the magic unfolded after the jump!

Infinitis and world records aren’t usually associated with one another, but all that has changed with one swooping quarter-mile run from the Infiniti M35h.

Recently, the Japanese luxury sedan took a blistering lap time at the Santa Pod drag strip, setting a world record time of 13.9031 seconds in a quarter-mile with a passing speed in excess of 100 mph. The 373-horsepower luxury sedan was driven by CAR Magazine journalist, Tim Pollard, etching his name in Guinness lore as the driver of the world’s fastest accelerating full hybrid vehicle.

The M35h may not belong in the conversation of being one of the fastest machines on the planet, but as far as full hybrids are concerned, it can now stake a serious claim as being on top of that list. The M35h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 305 horsepower with an electric motor that adds 68 horsepower, hitting a total output of 373 horsepower with an 0-62 mph acceleration time of 5.5 seconds.

“The Infiniti M35h proves that hybrids can be fast as well as frugal,” said Pollard.

“At Santa Pod you could feel the instant torque of the electric motor away from the standstill – the car just leapt of the line."

Congratulations to Infiniti for their record-breaking attempt. Here’s to more records being broken by the Japanese automaker in the future.

Hit the jump to watch the record lap video courtesy of Car Magazine.

Infiniti is one of those brands that tuning firms just skim past while deciding on their next project, so finding a decent package for Nissan Nissan ’s luxury division is not something we come across on a daily - or even monthly - basis. And today isn’t going to be any different as this custom M30d comes to us from a dealer in Hamburg, Germany, and not a tuning professional.

"Infiniti Zentrum Hamburg" is offering two different stages for their M30d S. The package for Stage 1 includes painted door handles, red brake calipers with Infiniti lettering, a black radiator grille, and a black, foil covered roof. The dealer has also added an H+R suspension which lowers the vehicle by 25mm, as well as performance optimization for the V6 diesel engine. This engine now delivers a total of 280hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, up from the standard 235 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. Total price for the Stage 1 package is 5775 euros ($7,947 at the current rates).

For Stage 2, the dealer takes the modifications from the first package and adds a new set of 22" wheels with 265/30R22 Pirelli tires in the front and 295/25R22 in the rear. The wheels add an additional 6800 euros ($9,358 at the current rates).

The dealer also announced that the same packages can be applied to any other Infiniti model in the line-up upon request.


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