Nissan Cima / Infiniti Q45

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Nissan Cima

/ Infiniti Q45

T he Q45 in 2 generations is still the Mk1 – beautiful, most elegant, technology used (4-wheel and even semi-active suspensions). no doubt that it is perceived than the 2nd generation, otherwise won#8217;t keep the Mk1 in its top of the range in the of President until today. We know why Nissan chose a strategy to downgrade the second merged it with the cheaper and Cima, detuned its V8 engine to and 266 hp, gifted it a conservative appearance and away its sporty-biased suspensions. that was a reaction to economic but was that over-reacted ?

Comparatively, the generation was born of positive though saying Renault has any influence to its development is untrue. The new Q45 Japan#8217;s Cima) dares to be From the radical – if a bit and insensible – shape see Nissan#8217;s designers have confidence, perhaps over-confident.

The organic face with big and man-eating mouth looks in real thing than as I can testify, but it fails to deliver any of prestige or elegance. Park an Audi A8 or Jaguar XJ8, it become a pump-up Maxima Even a Volkswagen Passat more elegant than the Nissan, blame to the organic and scarce of chromed details.

As the car is 5 meters long, rear-drive and on front MacPherson struts and multi-link suspensions. The body is taller but no longer. Cd. is a so-so

40% increase of torsional rigidity the necessary crash protection and handling that today#8217;s require. More usage of castings help reducing the weight of suspensions by a little about 5-10%.

Forget it. improves most is the V8 power a development from the famous V6 engine. Now it has restored the 4.5-litre in addition to continuous variable timing, 2-stage variable intake manifold and 2-stage exhaust, it would have out 330hp. However, the final has been increased to 340hp the Japanese engineers pioneered the first valves made of alloy, which is 40% lighter.

Why not connecting rods like supercars? that would been more effective to enhancement but Nissan#8217;s intention was to cut valve-gear noise.

Japanese of the engine, called VK45DD, employs direct-injection (therefore the D in its name) to improve fuel which is 22% more efficient the old 4.1-litre engine. As usual, injection allow a higher ratio – 11.0:1 of the overseas version#8217;s 10.5:1, power figure will reflect that because it is by the 280hp voluntary limit officially. Who believe that.

Still, 340 hp and 333 lbft of torque is class leading (don#8217;t it with 12-cylinders). You need a Audi S8 to beat it. The problem is no one matches the wild performance of doing 0-60 in 5.9 seconds.

found 6.5 sec more reasonable the car never feel as powerful as the suggest. The 5-speed Tiptronic-style seems not the reason. It is the torque that prevent it from fire-breathing. At 1,600 rpm, is just 78% of the maximum torque

The peak arrives at 4,000rpm, 500 above Lexus LS430.

The is another let down. While it not ride as supple as the Lexus or Mercedes S-class, it never as spirited to handle as all German No matter how the sporting look and engine suggest, suspensions are bias towards comfort maybe a bit stiffer than but body control is no better.

is over-assisted and lack feel. It is to drive fast, by then noise and wind noise are Lexus-like, but it does not inspire the

Inside, the Q45 looks sophisticated. color scheme differs it others while the center with computer screen playful. Like HAL2000, the is too clever and hard to be controlled you own a university degree. Styling-wise, I am not a fan of the color wood and Mitsubishi-style console, they just do not as classy as rivals. Moreover, the material could be better.

Leg and shoulder room is abundance rear headroom is limited by the roofline. Although most won’t find touching the the cramped feeling above head is just at odds to kind of top luxury saloon. is perhaps the only area I no complaint – the massager is still there, so is the integrated located at rear arm rest.

The seat back can be folded to serve as leg rest for the rear moreover, it has leg massager incorporated. To the sense of luxury, Nissan gifted it electric doors and boot lid. Now you need not to the door and boot lid with hand. Just push it towards the shut line and the motor will do the rest of the job and it. Useful?

I#8217;m not sure. What sure is that this is a car designed for the back-seat boss.

So is it? It#8217;s not sporting, nor classy, nor the comfortable. It#8217;s an infiniti identity. The best of the 3 generations Q45 is the Mk1.

The above report was updated on 21 July 2001 . All Reserved.

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