2011 Infiniti M56: A Better Balance
February 14, 2011
Jacobs wasn't kidding about our longterm 2011 Infiniti M56. Thing's got motor. Holy crap. Just dip your toe and there's an ocean of thrust at your command. Doesn't matter much where the tach's pointed, it just hurls forward.
This past weekend was my first seat time in the big sedan, and the car in this guise is far more convincing than in full-kill Sport trim. We had the Sport for our comparison test from several weeks back, and I came away from my time in the car thinking it was trying too hard. Too stiff, too fiddly, too much intervention, too much trying to convince you that it's a real sports sedan. It wasn't honest.
When the M56 is dialed back a notch as it is like this longtermer, it's a terrific car. It has the compliance you want but still enough substance in the damping and steering to convey a premium vibe. Shades of sportiness without all the pretense. It's honest.
And, yeah, it hauls ass. Truly a wolf in sheep's clothing.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor