First Drive: 2003 Infiniti FX45 –

11 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on First Drive: 2003 Infiniti FX45 –

Los Angeles, #8211; It must be something in the Whatever it is about the entertainment that drives every or waiter to be an aspiring actor that has otherwise-normal human on constant lookout for celebrity #8211; that has even the poor lusting after a hot car and a set of big wheels for their next rap #8211; it#8217;s endemic

to Los and I caught the bug bad when I hit the ground.

Okay, so maybe it was something the temperature, what with being #8220;cold#8221; enough for the to put hardtops on their convertibles, but had me breezing around town in an SUV with its windows and sunroof open. Here suddenly I was that sitting on my laptop#8217;s drive was my very own Hollywood a 129-page high-concept movie a romantic comedy that actually very funny. it was, burning a hole my iBook#8217;s case, willing me to the Kinko#8217;s to make a copy, to be shopped around town in at a perfunctory manner during the press preview.

Fine then, because better way to test the mettle of new FX45 than in the environment in it is likely to be most used Californian urban sprawl, canyon roads, cell glued to driver#8217;s ear #8211; and better vehicle than the SUV on the market as a way to potentially open a of doors, get people talking to me they realized just a fraud I was. #8220;You may read my columns in Autos,#8221; I tell the guards at the gates.

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in L.A. star power has as to do with cars as it does people, and judging from an and a day with the FX45, it#8217;s much the #8216;it#8217; car of the moment, of the automotive equivalent of, oh, Ben Affleck Vin Diesel#8217;s gravelly voice. And no just check out those #8211; the aggressive, bluff with its slanted eyes, the arched roofline, the big-bore pipes and the massive twenty-inch #8211; and no, they#8217;re not optional.

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It was not, however, with the guard at the Paramount lot. are you?#8221; the old guy asked again waving me back out onto the back roads behind the big sign. #8220;No, I won#8217;t your script along to who matters.#8221; Across town at the response was even more just a glare and a pointed to get the hell out of the lot, please.

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Never mind then. 315 horses underfoot, there better things to do, anyway. The has the guts to back up its extreme The 4.5-litre V8 is the same as in the Q45, for more low-end torque.

hooked to a swift-shifting five-speed that powers all four (in steady-state driving it#8217;s completely rear-drive, but the split can go to during acceleration). Brakes are huge, and there#8217;s also a array of active-safety systems, ABS with electronic force brake assist (which full stopping power in a stop), and an aggressively-calibrated Vehicle Control system.

Among SUVs I#8217;ve only the $94,000 BMW X5 4.6iS close to this level of and general driver involvement. plenty of feedback about the surface coming up through the and the seats, and the brakes have a confident feel. The ride is sporty, too #8211; maybe too as it felt stiff on billiard-smooth roads, the steamroller tires and bashing over every

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