2011 Infiniti M56: Still Trying to Settle In
January 03, 2011
Make no mistake, I enjoy driving around in our new long-term 2011 Infiniti M56. Save for maybe the Jag XF, it's the best looking sedan in the premium, midsize, rear-drive class. I also like the driving position, which has a low-cowl feel with an expansive view out the front.
For some reason, though, I can't get used to the throttle response. It doesn't seem to matter whether I have the dial in Normal or Sport, response is very soft at tip-in. Give it little more... and Blammo! Congratulations! You're in a V8 sedan! Revel in the awesomeness of it all!
Which is to say, the torque comes on with a fury. Which is great when I'm the only one in the car.
And when my boyfriend's parents are in the car? Ah, well, not so much then. I've yet to record a clean trip when I didn't jerk their necks to and fro at least once with a clumsy go-pedal input. I really can't explain this... I didn't have a problem with the M56S that we put in a comparison test against the Benz E550 last spring (although we noted an odd throttle calibration in that M, too).
Maybe I'm just not cut out to be a chaffeur.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 2,321 miles