2011 Infiniti M56 Review

Advantages

Lower price as compared to European rivals; strong performance; classy cockpit; engaging handling; plenty of high tech features.Disadvantages

Firm ride, particularly with sport package

Introduction

2011 Infiniti M56 is one of the most sporting in its segment of premium sedans, which combines performance and style with luxury. It symbolizes a new way of thinking about vehicle design and incorporates superior craftsmanship and advanced engineering with a simple, refined aesthetic sensitivity associated with conventional Japanese culture. The result is a different notion of beauty and luxury. The vehicle itself is significant, but so is the sense of harmony, which it evokes in its driver, and the sense of satisfaction you feel with an Infiniti from the way it looks and drives to the high level of retailer service. It captivates with a graceful form inspired by nature. Its sweeping contours of its body look as if carved by the wind. Flowing like a rising wave, the fenders and hood hint at raw power underneath. The designers of Infiniti carefully sculpted each surface to shimmer in light or to capture shadow, providing the M56 a magnetic and rare presence.

The 2011 Infiniti M56 is a welcome sanctuary. As you approach the vehicle, it senses your Intelligent Key and responds with a radiant glow of sequenced interior and exterior lights. Each emits a soft, inviting glow, welcoming you back to the secure, warm cockpit. To make your entrance as hospitable as possible, the Intelligent Key will remember driver’s seat, side view mirror positions and steering wheel and the last used navigation system settings, climate control and audio. Like the dramatic Infiniti Essence Concept that served as a blueprint for M’s engineers and designers, the all new M embraces the essence of all things Infiniti –performance, style, craftsmanship, technology and luxury. The 2011 M embodies all of our best design, quality to date and thinking. It builds on the strengths of its predecessor, providing a performance luxury experience crafted to higher standard.

2011 Infiniti M56 Review

The all new 2011 Infiniti M56 uses technology, which enhances the driving experience, instead intrudes upon it, adapting to changing situations or driver’s mood for providing optimized performance. The same philosophy holds true for design of M’s luxurious cabin that fuses technology and comfort in an easy to use, completely harmonious way for providing both passengers and driver with an unforgettable experience, every time they enter the cabin. The story behind exterior design of M is multi-layered, just like the body surface itself that was conceived to mirror reflections from different angles for creating a sense of magnetic and mystery allure.

Building on its predecessor’s rear-wheel drive balanced stance and proportions with high rear deck and long, low hood, the 2011 Infiniti M56 maintains a spacious interior of the previous model, while offering a lower, wider and longer shape. Its wheelbase remains unchanged at 114.2 inches; however the length increased by 0.6-inch (to 194.7 inches), the overall height lowered by 0.4-inch (to 59.1 inches) and the width has been increased by 2.0 inches to 72.6 inches. The rear and front tracks have been increased by 0.8 and 1.4 inches respectively (to 62.0 inches front and rear).

With more aggressive dimensions, the 2011 Infiniti M56’s sportier appearance can be attributed to deep body shape of the doors and fenders, which provide it a powerful look unlike anything on the road. The new, wave-style doors are made from aluminum for lightweight, in spite of the material’s difficult formability. The stamping dies for each door are hand polished for maintaining their precision and every door undergoes an exacting human inspection, offering a handcrafted level of quality.

Like the M model, the 2011 Infiniti M56’s design optimizes both sport and luxury styling cues with an large aluminum alloy wheels, a wave like trunk with high aerodynamic performance which works like a spoiler for increasing downforce and crystal-look headlight clusters and expressive, signature Infiniti double-arch upright low grille. Infiniti M56 model comes equipped with optional Sport Package that features dark finish grille, a unique front fascia, 20-inch wheels and tires and dark headlight housings. The look of new M is uniquely Infiniti – aggressive, comfortably complex and vibrant to hold your interest over the life of ownership.

When someone is ready to pay $60,000 or more for a vehicle, they expect a certain level of prestige and refinement. Conventionally, those levels have been met by models from Mercedes Benz and BMW. The 2011 Infiniti M56 is the latest attempt from the company. With the V6 powered model, it is a midsize luxury sedan offered with rear wheel and four-wheel drive system. It is also one of the most technically advanced vehicle. The number of safety, comfort, entertainment and performance features which inhabit the optional and standard equipment lists would make “War and Peace” look abridged. There are also a lot of valuable V8-powered rivals to consider even if they are generally pricier. The BMW 5 Series has been redesigned for 2011 and it isn’t as fun to drive as M; the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a standard-bearer for those who value refinement and comfort over sporty driving experience and the Jaguar XF, which is worth considering given its slinky styling and posh interior. Nevertheless, we can’t help getting around the fact that the biggest competitor of 2011 M56 is the M37 that also boasts more horsepower unlike its V6 competition.

Variants, Body Styles and Options

The 2011 Infiniti M56 is a midsize premium luxury sedan offered in a lone trim level. Standard on M56 include automatic bi-xenon headlights, 18-inch wheels, power folding heated mirrors, foglights, a sunroof, automatic wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition/entry, heated and ventilated eight-way power front seats, leather upholstery, a power tilt and telescoping steering column, driver memory functions, an auto dimming rearview mirror and a heated steering wheel. You will also find Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a Bose 10-speaker audio with auxiliary audio/visual jack, a CD/DVD player, iPod interface, streaming Bluetooth audio, digital music storage and satellite radio and a navigation system including real-time traffic, real-time weather and voice control.

Opting for Deluxe Touring package will get you an in-car air purifier, a power rear sunshade, a Bose 16-speaker premium surround sound audio system and upgraded leather upholstery and interior trim. The Sport package (not offered with all-wheel drive or Deluxe Touring package) gains summer tires, 20-inch wheels, four-wheel active steering, sport-tuned suspension and brakes, unique exterior styling elements and sport seats and steering wheel. The Sport Touring package comes with air purifier, power sunshade and surround sound stereo to the Sport package. The Technology package offers lane departure warning and prevention system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning system, blind-spot warning system, the “eco pedal” which provides the driver feedback for encouraging fuel-efficient driving and adaptive headlights.

What’s Beneath the Hood of 2011 Infiniti M56?

Motivation for the 2011 Infiniti M56 comes from a 5.6 liter V8 engine, which is good for pulsating 420 horsepower with 417 pound feet of torque. The engine is mated to seven-speed automatic transmission with four-wheel drive system and includes four different shift modes (Eco, Standard, Snow and Sport) and manual override paddle shifters. In performance testing, it accelerated from 0 to 60 miles peer hour in the time range of 5 seconds and offered the fuel economy of 25 mpg highway, 16 mpg city and 19 mpg in combined driving.

Safety & Reliability

Standard safety features on 2011 Infiniti M56 include stability and traction control, antilock brakes, side curtain airbags, active head restraints and front side airbags. Included in Technology package are blind-spot warning system, a forward collision warning system with intelligent brake assist and a lane departure warning and prevention system. In brake testing, the M56 came to a stop in very short 113 feet from 60 miles per hour. In government testing, the M56 got a four-star rating for overall frontal crash protection and 5 stars for overall side crash protection.

Special Features and Cockpit Design

Unlike other performance luxury saloons, which prioritize impression their vehicles make on others, the company’s intention is different with the focus centered around individual driving the car. Nowhere is this philosophy more apparent than in the new 2011 Infiniti M56′s cabin, which adapts to different driver situations. The carefully crafted and tailored M interior becomes an extension of the driver. Its designers and engineers researched all areas of M cabin, from the space between and shape of controls and switches to the response of passengers to material textures and softness. The result is what its creators describe as warm human accuracy with sensuality.

The goal of 2011 Infiniti M56′s cabin is to present a stylish yet functional design which fuses comfort with innovation, artistry with precision and all in support of enhancing passenger enjoyment and driving performance. From handcrafted wood accents to custom leather appointments, they have made luxury more alluring and sensory. The M instrument panel gets Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges, a 7.0-inch vehicle information display; gear-like rings on the instrument cluster meters, unique aluminum trim surface texturing and Infiniti analog clock.

Leather appointed, 10-way front passenger and power driver seats with adjustable lumbar support are standard, with dual passenger memory system for driver’s seat, outside mirrors, steering wheel, HVAC and audio settings that are linked to individual Intelligent Keys. The entry/exit assist system for steering wheel and driver’s seat, sequential welcome lighting illuminated entry system, dual-zone automatic temperature and heated front seats also contribute to its exceptional level of standard luxury appointments.

Driving Impressions

The 2011 Infiniti M56 is a big vehicle, which drives smaller than you might think. One of the unique features found on M is Infiniti Drive, an integrated control system, which enables drivers to select from 4 driving modes, depending on driving situations, with a dial switch situated on the center console. Each mode, Eco, Standard, Snow or Sport, adjusts transmission mapping and throttle sensitivity to help optimize performance. It uses a sophisticated Front Mid-ship (FM) platform that positions the engine behind front axle, resulting in an optimized front to rear weight balance.

The suspension of 2011 Infiniti M56 continues its predecessor’s multilink independent system at the rear and independent double-wishbone design at front, with rear and front stabilizer bars. The rear suspension geometry has been upgraded for providing a quieter ride. The sport-tuned suspension of Sport Package includes new double-piston shock absorbers, which provide a high damping force at low frequency vibrations for low damping force and flat ride at high frequency vibrations for a smoother ride.