Technology Package ($3,000 -- includes Intelligent cruise control, Lane departure warning and lane departure prevention, Distance control assist, Intelligent brake assist with forward collision warning, blind spot warning and blind spot intervention systems, front pre-crash seat belts, active trace control, eco pedal, adaptive front lighting system with auto-leveling headlights); Premium Package ($3,350 -- includes Infiniti hard drive navigation system with 8-inch WVGA color touch-screen display, lane guidance and 3-D building graphics, Infiniti voice recognition for audio, navigation, and vehicle information systems, XM NavTraffic with real-time traffic information, XM NavWeather with real time weather and 3-day forecast, Zagat restaurant guide, Bose 2-channel, 10-speaker premium audio system, single in-dash CD/DVD player, 9.3GB Music Box hard drive, streaming audio via Bluetooth wireless technology, climate-controlled front seats, heated steering wheel); Deluxe Touring Package ($3,800 -- includes Bose studio surround sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding, 16-speakers, Forest Air system with advanced auto recirculation, Breeze mode, Plasmacluster air purifier, and Grape Polyphenol filter, power rear sunshade, semi-aniline leather seating, unique quilted seat pattern with contrast piping and additional seat bolstering, White Ash silver-powdered wood trim, suedelike headliner, premium soft touch material for armrests, door inserts, center console and knee pads, premium stitched meter hood).
Naturally aspirated, port-injected, V6, gasoline with auto-stop/start
This car is fast! All acceleration runs were made in Sport. I could feel the torque immediately from launch and it maintains it throughout the run. Upshifts are quick and smooth. Turning off traction control only works up to a point and it intervenes with too much wheelspin. For the best run, I woke up the engine prior to releasing the brake.
Very effective brakes, especially from 30-0. Distances grew shorter for the later stops, but then the brakes began pulling to the right. Overall, very good performance aside from the pulling/drifting.
Skid pad: With ESC off, this car has good balance between understeer and oversteer where the rear steps out slightly just before the front understeers. Good setup with ESC on: a combo of throttle and brakes limits speed and disallows the rear from slipping at all. Either way, the steering is springy and only slightly informative. Slalom: ESC off, just as on the skid pad, the rear slides just enough for confident rotation but now the steering remains effective to catch it. Very good balance and precision in transition. With ESC on, corrections occurred before the rear could rotate, but returned control to driver readily.