Technology Package (includes lane departure warning [LDW] system, lane departure prevention [LDP] system, intelligent cruise control [full-speed range], front pre-crash seatbelts, distance control assist [DCA], intelligent brake assist [IBA] and rain-sensing front wipers)
DOHC 4 valves per cylinder, variable valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
390 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
369 @ 4,400
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.887, II = 3.170, III = 2.027, IV = 1.412, V = 1.000, VI = 0.862, VII = 0.775, R = 4.041, FD = 3.538
The FX50 doesn't like brake and gas at the same time, so brake torquing didn't work well. The tachometer is a little slow, so manual shifting didn't work. After matting the gas pedal and firewall in Drive, I could really feel the cams change phase at about 4,000 rpm. Gearshifts are really quick and with seven to choose from, it never falls out of the power.
Pretty firm pedal and moderate dive, but belts cinch up with each ABS stop. Remarkably short distance considering the monstrous rolling stock and 4,500-plus-pound mass. Side note: Pretty noticeable brake fade by the third quarter-mile run.
On the skid pad, the fore/aft/left/right power shuffle is evident. There's a lot going on under the floor, and modulating the throttle starts to get the FX50 out of shape. Still, there's a bunch of grip and the steering loads up nicely. Because VDC shuts all the way off, the slalom was also a bit of a mystery ride with unintuitive (slightly delayed) behavior from the AWD system. It feels great up to about 8/10ths, but physics take over from there. On/off throttle does provide some ability to rotate the FX50 and the steering remains quick and talkative. Eventually, the rear steps out and oversteer becomes the limiting factor -- which is highly unusual for an AWD vehicle.