2011 Infiniti M: Where To Put A 5.6-Liter V8

When the Infiniti M debuted it was a curiously designed Japanese Nissan hiding a powerful V8. Perhaps fearing the looks have caught up with the power, the 2011 Infiniti M's new 5.6-liter V8 pumps out 420 Louis Vitton-branded horses.

Full Disclosure: Infiniti wanted us to not drive, but rather look at, the new M so badly they flew us out to LA and put us up in the posh SLS Beverly Hills Hotel. We totally just bumped into Sela Ward.

This new V8 will be available in the range-topping M56 and lords 95 HP and 1.2-liters of displacement over the outgoing 4.5 V8. The V6 M37 model will predictably be upgraded with Nissan's evergreen 3.7-liter V6. Power is up there, too, by a more manageable 27 HP to 330 HP at 7,000 RPM and 270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 RPM. All the new ponies for both engines will be routed through an operated-manumatically-only-for-parking-lot-downshifts 7-speed autobox.

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All this power will be entrusted to a mix of sports sedan enthusiasts and moderately affluent divorcées — emphasis on the latter. Keeping them from killing themselves is a four-mode setting allowing for boring (Eco) and slightly spirited (Sporty) driving. Most dastardly, though, is the "Eco Pedal." Infiniti says it "provides driver feedback to encourage eco-driving behavior" i.e. it's going to push back. We're sorry, but if we're buying something with a giant truck V8 in it we're putting the accelerator down for a reason, Jack.

The most endearing quality the M-series has going for it is that, unlike other luxo-barges, it's always felt like a car as much for the driver as for the driven. Still, for the moolah you're forking over you want to be comfortable. Amid the special leather this, java-colored that and wood trim undoubtedly both exotic yet somehow environmentally sustainable is something we're intrigued by: Forest Air. The system claims to reduce the "intrusion of unpleasant odors" and creates a "more natural breeze-like airflow."

The Little Green Air Freshener Tree Manufacturer Association (LGAFTM) has been put on notice.

Aesthetically the lower, longer, and wider M is a major step forward for the company's Q-killing flagship. Still, we can't help but feel the design is destined to be instantly dated. For those who aren't happy without a Hybrid option, the M Hybrid will debut some time next year.

Anything else you need to know about the M37 or M56 can be found in the press releases below. We can be found at the bar of the posh SLS Beverly Hills.

2011 Infiniti M Sedan Set for Spring Launch; Offers Tailored, Vibrant Experience for Driver and Passengers

– All-New Infiniti M56 and M37 Feature More Power, Magnetic Design, Luxurious Interior and World's First Blind Spot Intervention™ System –

Performance reshaped to ignite invigoration. Luxury alive to the human touch. Industry-first technology honed to anticipate. Of all the ways used to describe Infiniti's all-new halo sedan, the 2011 Infiniti M, it all perhaps comes down to one word – Inspired. Like the dramatic Infiniti Essence Concept, which served as a blueprint for the new M's designers and engineers, this next-generation M embraces the essence of all things Infiniti – style, performance, luxury, craftsmanship and technology.

"The 2011 Infiniti M embodies all of our best thinking, design and quality to date," said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Business Unit. "It builds on the strengths of the previous generation, delivering a performance luxury experience crafted to a higher standard."

The 2011 Infiniti M will be offered in M37 and M56 model designations when it goes on sale at Infiniti retailers nationwide in spring 2010. The M37 features a refined 3.7-liter V6 engine with increased power and fuel economy (versus the previous generation M35's 3.5-liter V6). The M56 also offers more power and better fuel economy from an all-new 5.6-liter V8 (versus the previous generation M45's 4.5-liter V8). Both the M37 and M56 engines feature Infiniti's advanced VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) system and all models are equipped with a standard 7-speed automatic transmission. The M56 engine also utilizes Direct Injection Gasoline™ (DIG) technology. The M37 and M56 are available in both rear-wheel drive and with Infiniti's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system. A special Sport Package, offered on rear-wheel drive models only, offers 4-wheel Active Steer (4WAS), sport-tuned suspension, Sport Brakes and 20-inch wheels and tires.
The new M is a showcase for Infiniti's advanced, user-focused technologies, carrying on the tradition of the previous generation M. New technologies include:
Infiniti Drive, a four-mode driver-selectable control of throttle and transmission mapping that helps optimize vehicle performance
Active Noise Control, which reduces undesirable engine harmonics, providing a quieter cabin
Blind Spot Warning (BSW), which helps alert the driver if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area
Blind Spot Intervention™ (BSI), a world's first system that, enhances BSW by helping the driver return the vehicle back toward the center of the lane of travel away from the vehicle in the blind spot area
Forest Air™ system, which helps reduce the intrusion of unpleasant odors into the cabin and provides a more natural breeze-like airflow
Eco Pedal, which provides driver feedback to encourage eco-driving behavior
Active Trace Control, which adjusts engine torque and the control of braking at each of the four wheels to help enhance cornering performance
Double-piston Shock Absorbers that control damping force according to frequency of input from the road surface

The 2011 M also offers a next-generation Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, Bose® Studio Surround® premium audio system, Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems, Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.

"The new M utilizes technology that enhances the driving experience, rather than intrudes upon it, adapting to changing conditions or the driver's mood to provide optimized performance," said Poore. "The same philosophy holds true for the design of the M's luxurious interior, which blends comfort and technology in an intuitive, completely harmonious way to provide both driver and passengers with an unforgettable experience, every time they enter the cabin."

Magnetic Styling With an Unexpectedly Spacious Cabin
The story behind the exterior design of the all-new M is multi-layered, just like the body surface itself, which was conceived to mirror reflections from different angles to create a sense of mystery and magnetic allure.

Building on the previous M's balanced, rear-wheel drive proportions and stance – with a long, low hood and high rear deck – the new M maintains the roomy cabin of its predecessor while providing a longer, lower and wider shape. The M wheelbase is unchanged at 114.2 inches, but the width has been increased by 2.0 inches (to 72.6 inches), the length increased by 0.6-inch (to 194.7 inches) and the overall height lowered by 0.4-inch (to 59.1 inches). The front and rear tracks have been increased by 1.4 and 0.8 inches respectively (to 62.0 inches front and rear).

Along with the more aggressive dimensions, the new M's sportier appearance can be attributed to the deep body shape of the fenders and doors that give the M sedan a powerful look unlike anything on the road. The new wave-style doors are constructed from aluminum for light weight, despite the material's difficult formability. The stamping dies for each door are hand polished to maintain their precision and every door undergoes an exacting human inspection, providing a handcrafted level of quality.

Like the previous M, the new design optimizes both luxury and sport styling cues – with an expressive, signature Infiniti double-arch upright low grille and crystal-look headlight clusters, large aluminum-alloy wheels, and a wave-like trunk with a high aerodynamic performance that works like a spoiler to increase downforce. Infiniti M37 and M56 models equipped with the optional Sport Package also feature a unique front fascia, dark finish grille, dark headlight housings and 20-inch wheels and tires.

Underneath and unseen, though contributing to the new M's low coefficient of drag of just 0.27 and zero lift front and rear, are a series of aerodynamic enhancers including front tire deflector, engine under cover (front and rear), center floor cover, rear tire deflectors, exhaust cover, floor side fairings and rear diffuser.

"The look of the new M is distinctively Infiniti – vibrant, aggressive and comfortably complex to hold your interest over the life of ownership," said Poore.
Standard exterior features include a power sliding tinted glass moonroof with one-touch open/close, tilt feature and sliding sunshade, automatic on/off High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional Xenon headlights with windshield wiper interlock, dual exhaust with chrome tips, power-folding heated outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature, rain-sensing variable intermittent front windshield wipers and courtesy lamps built into the outside door handles. Auto-leveling headlights with Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) are available as part of the Technology Package.

For 2011, the Infiniti M is available in eight exterior colors: Malbec Black, Liquid Platinum, Platinum Graphite, Blue Slate, Storm Front Grey, Black Obsidian, Moonlight White and Harbour Blue.

An Interior That Fits Like a "Second Skin"
Unlike other performance luxury sedans that prioritize the impression their vehicles make on others, Infiniti's intention is different – with the focus centered around the individual driving the car. Nowhere is this philosophy more apparent than in the new M's interior that adapts to different driver conditions. Created almost as a "second skin," the carefully tailored and crafted M cockpit becomes an extension of the driver.

The M's engineers and designers researched all areas of the M interior, from the space between and shape of switches and controls to the response of occupants to material softness and textures. The result is what its creators describe as a "warm human accuracy with sensuality."

"The goal of the new M's interior is to present an elegant yet functional design that combines artistry with precision, comfort with innovation – all in support of enhancing driving performance and passenger enjoyment," said Poore. "From the handcrafted wood accents to the custom leather appointments, we've made luxury more sensory and alluring."

Careful attention was paid to identifying the precise location for key controls, using consistent shapes and groupings for controls that work in the same manner. There are three areas of operability – the sight information area, the operation area and the easy access area.

The M instrument panel features "Fine Vision" electroluminescent gauges, gear-like rings on the instrument cluster meters, a 7.0-inch vehicle information display, Infiniti analog clock and unique aluminum trim surface texturing. Leather-appointed, 10-way power driver and front passenger's seats with adjustable lumbar support are standard, along with a dual occupant memory system for the driver's seat, steering wheel, outside mirrors, HVAC and audio settings – which are linked to the individual Intelligent Keys. An entry/exit assist system for the driver's seat and steering wheel, heated front seats, sequential welcome lighting illuminated entry system and dual-zone automatic temperature also contribute to the M's outstanding level of standard luxury appointments.

Standard technology equipment includes Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, HomeLink® Universal Transceiver and RearView Monitor.

Other interior highlights include a large center console, power windows with one-touch up/down and auto-reverse feature, power auto door locks, power trunk release, retained accessory power for windows and moonroof, standard XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and 6-speaker audio system with AM/FM/CD, Radio Data System (RDS), USB Connection Port for iPod® and other compatible devices, steering wheel audio controls and speed-sensitive volume control.

Listening to music or conversation in the M interior is a little easier thanks to the new Active Noise Control system. Standard on all 2011 M models, Active Noise Control uses sound to delete sound – generating "canceling" sound from four door speakers to reduce unpleasant engine harmonics. The cabin noise levels are monitored by two microphones located in the M's ceiling, with no action needed from the driver and passengers except to enjoy the quiet, comfortable cabin.
For buyers seeking a slightly higher level of features and technology, the Premium Package adds the next-generation Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with 8.0-inch VGA color touch-screen display, XM NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information, XM NavWeather™ with Real-Time Weather and 3-day forecast (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Zagat® Restaurant Guide, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® and 9.3GB Music Box® Hard Drive.

The Premium Package also adds a Bose® 2-channel 10-speaker premium audio system, heated steering wheel and climate-controlled front seats. All Premium Package equipment is standard on the M56 and M56x AWD.

The Touring Package adds such notable features as the Bose® Studio Surround® sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding and 16 speakers (including two personal speakers mounted in the shoulders of each front seat), power rear sunshade, unique quilted seat pattern with contrasting piping, additional seat bolstering, suede-like headliner and a stitched, synthetic leather meter hood.

The Touring Package also features semi-aniline leather, which feels soft and firm like premium sofa material, in two available colors – Java or Stone. Also utilized is specially developed soft synthetic leather for the armrests, door inserts, center console and kneepads. The Touring Package's genuine White Ash wood trim has been enhanced with real silver powder. Japanese Ash wood trim is offered on base and Sport models.

The Touring Package also offers the new Forest Air™ system, which recreates the refreshing climate and natural breezes of a relaxing forest setting. System sensors automatically open and close air intake ports to reduce the intrusion of dust, exhaust or unpleasant odors into the cabin, while the special grape polyphenol filter and Plasmacluster™ air purifier help filter allergens, mold and viruses out of the cabin. Humidity control prevents the over-drying of air from the air conditioner, while the breeze mode provides a natural airflow feeling, gently and subtly varying the airflow from the upper and front air vents.

Four interior colors are offered – Graphite, Stone, Wheat and Java (availability varies with option packages). Sport Package-equipped models receive unique front seat designs, sport steering wheel and shift knob stitching, and aluminum-trimmed pedals.

"With materials designed to provide a more premium feel and technology that anticipates the needs of the user, the new M provides the highest level of luxury of any Infiniti to date," said Poore. "This is an interior that makes you want to just keep driving."

Two Advanced Powerplants, A Naturally Dynamic Driving Feel
Infiniti engineers envisioned the all-new M to deliver a more fluid, naturally dynamic performance feeling, sculpting the power of the VVEL-equipped 3.7-liter V6 and 5.6-liter V8 to release like a rising wave.

The engines' VVEL systems combine hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake side to help improve performance and response. Throttle response is enhanced by directly controlling the intake valve, rather than using the traditional method of controlling intake with the throttle valve. The VVEL systems also offer improved emissions and fuel efficiency (over the non-VVEL designs) by substantially reducing the intake resistance that occurs when the engine's throttle valve opening is narrowed and output is low.

The M37's 3.7-liter VVEL, 24-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V6 is rated at 330 hp @ 7,000 rpm, 270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm, increases of 27 horsepower and 8 lb-ft of torque versus the previous 3.5-liter V6. The engine also features rigid ladder frame construction, large crank journal and pin diameters, asymmetric piston skirts, twin knock sensors, an electronically controlled "drive-by-wire" throttle system, molybdenum coated lightweight pistons, Iridium spark plugs and a symmetric twin air intake system.

The M56's 5.6-liter VVEL, 32-valve, DOHC, Direct Injection Gasoline™ (DIG) aluminum-alloy V8 is rated at 420 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque, increases of 95 horsepower and 81 lb-ft of torque versus the previous 4.5-liter V8.
The new DIG™ system provides better wide-open throttle performance and improved fuel economy and emissions performance by reducing engine knock, improving combustion stability and offered more precise injection control.

All 2011 Ms come standard with Infiniti's refined 7-speed automatic transmission with Downshift Rev Matching and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC), which allows for sportier shifts during spirited driving. Solid magnesium paddle shifters are standard with the Sport Package (RWD models only).

A unique new feature of the 2011 M is Infiniti Drive, an integrated control system that allows drivers to select from four driving modes, depending on mood or driving conditions, with a dial switch located on the center console. Each mode, Standard, Eco, Sport or Snow, adjusts throttle sensitivity and transmission mapping to help optimize performance.

In addition to the standard mode (suitable for normal driving conditions), the fuel-efficient Eco mode utilizes green and yellow lights on the instrument panel to provide feedback on driving efficiency. The system also provides feedback directly through the accelerator pedal, giving a slight pushback if driving inefficiently. The Sport mode allows engine rpm to rev higher and extends transmission shift points for more power and quicker response.

The new M utilizes the advanced FM (Front Mid-ship) platform, which positions the engine behind the front axle, resulting in an optimized front-to-rear weight balance. In addition to increasing the number of places where the body joints are welded, laser welding is now performed at critical locations to help enhance lateral bending stiffness, torsional stiffness and suspension mounting point stiffness (versus the previous M design).

The M suspension continues the previous generation's independent double-wishbone design in front and multi-link independent system in the rear, along with front and rear stabilizer bars. The rear suspension geometry has been updated to provide a quieter ride.
The Sport Package's sport-tuned suspension includes new double-piston shock absorbers that provide a high damping force at low frequency vibrations for a flat ride and low damping force at high frequency vibrations for a smoother ride.

Also available with the Sport Package is the 4-Wheel Active Steer system, which helps provide lower steering effort and agile handling at low/medium speeds and a more stable feel at higher speeds. Depending on the vehicle speed and the steering angle, the rear wheels are steered in-phase with the front wheels.

The Infiniti M's large diameter wheels and tires are positioned out near the corners of the vehicle, helping to enhance handling. Standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and P245/50R18 V-rated tires are offered on all models. Unique 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with aggressive P245/40R20 low-profile summer tires are available with the Sport Package.

Every 2011 M utilizes standard 4-wheel power-assisted vented disc brakes (12.6-inch front, 12.1-inch rear) with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). The Sport Package includes larger 14.0-inch front/13.8-inch rear rotors with 4-piston front/2-piston rear opposed calipers.

The steering system is an electronically controlled vehicle-speed-sensing variable-assist power rack-and-pinion design. Every Infiniti M includes Infiniti's advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS). VDC automatically adjusts brake pressure and engine torque during certain situations where the vehicle is near its handling limit, helping the driver to maintain control of the vehicle.

For drivers seeking the enhanced performance of all-wheel drive, the M37x and M56x models feature Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. The system uses an advanced torque split control strategy that automatically redistributes torque to the wheels (0:100 up to 50:50 front to rear) according to road and driving conditions.

"The new Infiniti M is designed to take the driver to a deeper level of performance, whether on a winding mountain road or navigating more efficiency through city traffic," said Poore. "It's a completely balanced performance, maximizing power, handling and ride comfort on one exceptional package."

Advanced Safety and Security Systems
The 2011 Infiniti M is available with a number of innovative technologies designed to help avoid potentially dangerous situations. The M again offers Infiniti's Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems. The LDW and LDP systems use a small camera installed behind the windshield to detect lane markers in front of the vehicle, calculate its position relative to those lane markers and warn the driver of a potential unintended lane departure with a visual display and audible buzzer. If the driver does not return the vehicle back toward the center of the travel lane, the LDP system assists the driver with a gentle application of the brakes.

New for 2011 is the addition of the Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Blind Spot Intervention™ (BSI) systems, which are available as part of the M Technology Package. BSW illuminates an indicator light if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area. If the driver then uses the turn signal, the indicator flashes and an audible warning sound. BSI is another world-first safety feature from Infiniti and takes blind spot technology to the next level. If the vehicle gets close to the lane marker and another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area, the indicator flashes, an audible warning sounds, and selective braking is applied to one side of the vehicle to help the driver bring the vehicle back to the center of the driving lane. BSI operates regardless of turn signal usage.

Other available safety features include Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.

In addition, all 2011 Infiniti M models come equipped with standard Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors; standard front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags; and standard roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection.
The Infiniti M also includes standard 3-point ALR/ELR seat belts (driver's seat ELR only), front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, front seat Active Head Restraints with 4-way manual adjustments, along with Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones and LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tether for CHildren).

Four Well-Equipped Models
The 2011 Infiniti M is offered in four well-equipped models: the M37 (V6 rear-wheel drive), M37x AWD (V6 all-wheel drive), M56 (V8 rear-wheel drive) and M56x (V8 all-wheel drive).

The Sport Package, offered with M37 and M56 rear-wheel drive only, adds 20-inch wheels and tires, Sport Suspension, Sport Brakes, 4-Wheel Active Steer (4WAS), paddle shifters, sport seat, aluminum pedal accents, stitched synthetic leather meter hood, sport steering wheel and shift knob, unique front fascia with dark finish grille and dark headlight housings.

Other available 2011 M option packages include the Premium Package, Touring Package, Sport Touring Package and Technology Package.

For Release Dec. 1, 2009

At a Glance: 2011 Infiniti M

The all-new 2011 Infiniti M, which is set to launch at Infiniti retailers nationwide in spring 2010, embraces the essence of all things Infiniti – style, performance, luxury, craftsmanship and technology – taking each to the highest levels ever for Infiniti's halo sedan.

The 2011 Infiniti M will be available in M37 and M56 model designations and with rear-wheel drive or with Infiniti's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system. The M37 features a 3.7-liter V6 engine with increased power and fuel economy (versus the previous generation M35's 3.5-liter V6). The M56 also offers more power and better fuel economy from an all-new 5.6-liter V8 (versus the previous generation M45's 4.5-liter V8). Both the M37 and M56 engines feature Infiniti's advanced VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) system and all models are equipped with a standard 7-speed automatic transmission. A special Sport Package, offered on rear-wheel drive models only, offers 4-Wheel Active Steer (4WAS), sport-tuned suspension, Sport Brakes and 20-inch wheels and tires.

The new M is also a showcase for Infiniti's advanced, user-focused technologies, carrying on the tradition of the previous generation M. New technologies include Infiniti Drive, a four-mode driver-selectable control of throttle and transmission mapping that helps optimize vehicle performance; Active Noise Control, which reduces undesirable engine harmonics, providing a quieter cabin; Blind Spot Warning (BSW), which helps alert the driver if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area; Blind Spot Intervention™ (BSI), a world's first system that, in addition to the Blind Spot Warning, helps the driver return the vehicle back toward the center of the lane of travel; Forest Air™ system, which helps reduce the intrusion of unpleasant odors into the cabin and provides a more natural breeze-like airflow "breezes"; Eco Pedal, which provides driver feedback to encourage eco-driving behavior; and Active Tracing Control, which adjusts engine torque and the control of braking at each of the four wheels to help enhance cornering performance.

The 2011 M also offers a next-generation Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, Bose® Studio Surround® premium audio system, Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems, Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.

The M's dramatic, sports styling provides a coefficient of drag of just 0.27 Cd, while the roomy, comfortable interior environment features standard leather-appointed seating, available silver powder-coated wood trim and available premium audio and climate control systems. Key standard features include Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, XM® Satellite Radio, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and power sliding glass moonroof.

Highlights of the 2011 Infiniti M include:

Body
Magnetic exterior design with unexpected cabin roominess
Stable posture with long wheelbase (114.2 inches), wide track and short overhangs

Lower, wider, longer body dimensions versus previous generation M (length 194.7 inches/+0.6 inch; width 72.6 inches/+2.0 inches; height 59.1 inches/-0.4 inch)
Low, aggressive hoodline with anchored shoulders providing a sporty, powerful silhouette; deeply sculpted fenders and doors, wave-like grille
0.27 coefficient of drag
Advanced unibody construction with a high level of torsional rigidity
Lightweight aluminum doors, hood and trunk lid
Unique sport front fascia with dark finish grille and dark headlight housings (Sport Package)
Standard High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional Xenon headlights; available auto-leveling headlights with Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS); LED taillights
Rain-sensing variable intermittent front windshield wipers
Power sliding tinted glass moonroof with one-touch open/close tilt feature and sliding sunshade
Power-folding outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature
Courtesy lamps (approach lights) built into outside door handles
Dual exhaust with chrome tips
Eight available exterior colors: Malbec Black, Liquid Platinum, Platinum Graphite, Blue Slate, Storm Front Grey, Black Obsidian, Moonlight White and Harbour Blue

Engine and Driveline
Front engine, rear-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive
Enhanced FM (Front Mid-ship) platform
M37 and M37x feature a standard 3.7-liter VVEL, 24-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V6 producing 330 hp @ 7,000 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm (+27 hp and 8 lb-ft torque vs. previous 3.5-liter V6)
M56 and M56x feature a standard 5.6-liter VVEL, 32-valve, DOHC, Direct Injection Gasoline™ (DIG) aluminum-alloy V8 producing 420 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 417 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm (+95 hp and 81 lb-ft of torque vs. previous 4.5-liter V8)
Modular cylinder head design, lightweight pistons, Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), variable length induction system
7-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode Drive Sport (DS) mode and Downshift Rev Matching (M37 RWD)
Available paddle shifters
Standard 4-mode Infiniti Drive (with Standard, Eco, Sport and Snow modes)

Suspension, Steering and Braking
Double-wishbone independent front suspension
Refined multi-link independent rear suspension with available 4-Wheel Active Steer (Sport Package-equipped models)
Front and rear stabilizer bars
4-wheel vented disc brakes with 4-channel/4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
Available Sport Brakes with 14.0-inch front/13.8-inch rear rotors with 4-piston front/2-piston rear opposed calipers (Sport Package)
Electronically controlled vehicle-speed-sensing variable-assist power rack-and-pinion steering system

18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P245/50R18 V-rated all-season tires
Available 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P245/40R20 summer tires (Sport Package)

Interior Features
Inviting interior with distinctive aluminum and genuine wood trim
Large cabin space, able to fit five adult passengers comfortably
Standard leather-appointed seating, available in four colors – Wheat, Graphite, Stone and Java
Available up-level interior trim, including semi-aniline leather seating surfaces, soft-touch synthetic leather armrest and center console cover, silver powder-coated wood trim, suede-like headliner and A-pillar trim
Standard 10-way power driver and front passenger's seats with adjustable lumbar support
Sport Package includes sport-bolstered and trimmed front seats, sport steering wheel and aluminum pedal accents
Dual occupant memory system for driver's seat, steering wheel, outside mirrors, HVAC and audio settings (linked to individual Intelligent Keys)
Entry/exit assist system for driver's seat and steering wheel
Standard heated front seats, available heated steering wheel
Available climate-controlled front seats
Advanced "Fine Vision Meters" electroluminescent gauges
Sequential welcome lighting illuminated entry system
Rear console-mounted vents and rear floor heater ducts
Center console with dual level storage and 12-volt power outlet
Rear center armrest with storage
Dual front and rear cupholders, dual front seatback pockets
7.0-inch vehicle information display (audio, climate control, vehicle settings)
Available Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with 8.0-inch VGA color touch-screen display, XM NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information, XM NavWeather™ with Real-Time Weather and 3-day forecast (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Zagat® Restaurant Guide, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® and 9.3GB Music Box® Hard Drive
Standard 6-speaker, 160-watt audio system with in-dash CD auto changer, MP3 and WMA compatibility
Available Bose 2-channel premium audio system with 10 speakers and Audio Pilot™ Noise Compensation
Available Bose® Studio Surround™ audio system with digital 5.1-channel decoding and 16 speakers, including two personal speakers mounted in the shoulders of each front seat
Standard XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately)
USB Connection Port for iPod® and other compatible devices
Infiniti Intelligent Key system with Push Button Ignition
Infiniti Voice Recognition system
Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
HomeLink® Universal Transceiver
RearView Monitor
Available Intelligent Cruise Control (Full Speed Range)
Infiniti analog clock
Power windows with one-touch up/down and auto-reverse feature, power trunk release
Available power rear sunshade
Available Forest Air™ system with auto circulation, breeze mode, Plasmacluster™ air purifier and grape polyphenol filter

Safety and Security
Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors
Standard front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags
Standard roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection
3-point ALR/ELR seat belt system (driver's seat ELR only)
Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters and adjustable upper anchors
Available brake-operated Pre-Crash front seat belts
Front seat Active Head Restraints with 4-way manual adjustments
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
Available Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems
Zone Body construction
LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tether for CHildren)
Vehicle Security System with Infiniti Vehicle Immobilizer System
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Auto-Hazard Warning Lights

Models and Manufacturing
Available in four models: M37 RWD, M37x AWD, M56 RWD and M56x AWD
Exterior and interior designed at Nissan Technical Center (NTC) in Atsugi, Japan
Assembled by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. at Tochigi, Japan

2011 Infiniti M

Key Dimensions and Specifications

Models: Infiniti M37 RWD, M37x AWD
Infiniti M56 RWD, M56x AWD

Engines: 3.7-liter VVEL, 24-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V6
330 hp @ 7,000 rpm, 270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
(+27 hp, 8 lb-ft of torque vs. previous 3.5-liter V6)

5.6-liter VVEL, 32-valve, DOHC, Direct Gasoline Injection™ (DIG) aluminum-alloy V8
420 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 417 lb-ft of torque @4,400 rpm
(+95 hp, 81 lb-ft of torque vs. previous 4.5-liter V8)

Transmission 7-speed automatic with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and manual mode with Downshift Rev Match (DRM), DS mode and available solid magnesium paddle shifters

Drive Configuration Front engine/rear-wheel drive
Available Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive
Standard 4-mode Infiniti Drive (with Standard, ECO, Sport and Snow modes)

Wheels/Tires 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P245/50R18 V-rated all-season tires
20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P245/40R20 W-rated summer tires (Sport Package)

Suspension Independent double wishbone front, updated multi-link rear, stabilizer bars

Braking 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
Available Sport Brakes with 14.0-inch front/13.8-inch rear rotors with 4-piston front/2-piston rear opposed calipers (Sport Package)

Steering: Vehicle-speed-sensing power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering
Available 4-Wheel Active Steer (Sport Package)

Wheelbase 114.2 inches (no change vs. previous generation M)

Length 194.7 inches (+0.6 inch)

Width 72.6 inches (+2.0 inches)

Height RWD 59.1 inches (-0.4 inch)
AWD 59.6 inches (-0.4 inch)

Seating Capacity 5-passenger

Select Exterior Features Deeply sculpted fenders and doors, wave-like grille, aluminum doors, hood and trunk, LED taillights, power moonroof, High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional Xenon headlights, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels or 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, dual exhaust with chrome tips, power-folding outside mirrors, courtesy lamps built into outside door handles, unique sport front fascia with dark finish grille and dark headlight housings (Sport Package)

Select Interior Features Leather-appointed seating, 10-way power heated driver's and front passenger seats, driver's entry/exit system, sequential welcome lighting system, dual-zone automatic temperature control, Infiniti analog clock, power windows with one-touch up/down and auto-reverse feature, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, HomeLink® Universal Transceiver, Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, RearView Monitor, Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with 8.0-inch VGA touch-screen display and 9.3GB Music Box® hard drive, climate-controlled front seats, heated steering wheel, Bose® Studio Surround® sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding and 16 speakers, Forest Air™ system with auto circulation, breeze mode, Plasmacluster™ air purifier and grape polyphenol filter, semi-aniline leather seating, genuine wood trim with silver powder coated finish, aluminum pedal accents

Select Safety and Security Blind Side Warning (BSW) and Blind Side Intervention™ (BSI) Systems, Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems, Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts

Available Packages: Premium Package (standard on M56, M56x): Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, Voice Recognition, 8-inch VGA color touch-screen display, Bose® 2-channel 10-speaker premium audio system, 9.3GB Music Box® Hard Drive, climate-controlled front seats, heated steering wheel

Deluxe Touring Package: Bose® Studio Surround® sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding and 16 speakers, power rear sunshade, Forest Air™ system, semi-aniline leather seating, quilted seat pattern, genuine wood trim with silver powder coated finish, suede-like headliner, soft synthetic leather trim

Sport Package (RWD only): 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P245/40R20 summer tires, Sport Suspension with double-piston shock absorbers, Sport Brakes, 4-Wheel Active Steer (4WAS), aluminum pedal accents, sport steering wheel and shift knob, unique front fascia with dark finish grille, dark headlight housing

Sport Touring Package: Sport Package content plus Bose® Studio Surround® sound system, power rear sunshade, Forest Air™ system

Technology Package: Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention, Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Blind Spot Intervention™ (BSI) systems, Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts, Active Tracking Control, Eco Pedal, auto-leveling headlights with Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS)