2011 Infiniti M56: No Replacement for Displacement
May 19, 2011
At least to me, there's nothing quite like a big V8 or V12 under the hood. I had a momentary lapse of reason last week with some electric cars, but I'm all better now. What cured me?
Our Infiniti M56 and our 5-oooooh Mustang.
It's that intoxicating flood of power; the rumble and roar of the exhaust and the ability to dispatch that idiot in the right-turn-only lane that thinks he's going to beat you through the intersection. So long, sucka!
Just knowing you have that power on tap is worth the price of admission. It's like that crazy friend of yours that is always up for some ridiculous adventure. The one whose favorite phrase is, "hey y'all, watch this!" You can live vicariously through that friend, but it's much more fun actually being there with them.
Meanwhile, six-cylinder and lesser engines leave me feeling like I just spent time with the friend that got pressured into getting married and starting a brood. The dependable friend that is just a bit shy of actually living. The one you want to toss into a Fight Club ring to get him burning with a little more intensity. Adding a turbocharger is about the equivalent of joining him on some adult summer camp to live out some rockstar or tough guy fantasy. Both the engine and the friend end up being a fun time, but only a simulation of what the raucous buddy or V8 can deliver.
More. Give me more.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor