2011 Infiniti M56: An Entirely Different Kind of Pedal
September 26, 2011
As you can see, the gas pedal on our M56 is a little different than most. It does more than just transmit your every whim to the engine, it has a mechanism that can actively intervene.
It's part of the "ECO" drive mode, a setting that you might not be surprised to learn doesn't appreciate big chunks of throttle. Try to mash the gas and you get some very noticeable push back from the pedal. It's quite possibly one of the oddest sensations I've ever felt from a car.
And it works, if only because it feels so positively creepy that I decided to simply easy off the pedal and go slower than fight the Hal under the hood. If this is the future of fuel economy, it's going to get much scarier than you think.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com