Infiniti QX80: Still a modern-day Land Yacht

When I first drove the Infiniti QX80 in 2014, I was impressed by the sheer magnitude of the vehicle’s size and the plushness of the Infiniti QX80’s interior. Its size and available creature comforts remind me of the gigantic boats from the 50s and 60s. But now you have 4-wheel-drive and heated seats. Infiniti has made a number of updates to this vehicle in the past four years, most notably to the exterior. The 2018 Infiniti QX80 has a more athletic body with sharper lines and a new front facia. The overall shape has been sculpted, but its design language remains congruent with the evolution of the vehicle. As like the QX80 from yesteryear, it is a big, beautiful and sexy machine.

They say that it is what is on the inside that counts. Under the hood is 400hp 5.6L V8 that makes this 5,600-pound car feel peppy (when compared to other vehicles in the full-size SUV segment). The motor also gives the QX80 the ability to tow 8,500 pounds; so, the land yacht is well suited to haul your water yacht to the lake every weekend. Behind the scenes, Infiniti added a few nifty safety features to the vehicle. My favorite is the hydraulic body motion control system, which uses an adjustable hydraulic suspension to minimize body roll. The system magically works by quickly adding pressure to either side of the vehicle based upon which way you are turning. Thus, improving the vehicle’s handling characteristics and decreasing the likelihood of this heavy SUV rolling over should you abruptly have to swerve in order to avoid an accident. My second favorite safety feature is the Infiniti QX80’s predictive forward collision warning. The computer is able to monitor the relative distance of both the car in front of you as well as the vehicle directly in front of it. Based upon the distance between all three vehicles, the QX80 will warn you in advance of a possible forward collision. This is an unnecessary technology for the QX80 because you tower over almost every vehicle on the road, effectively giving you a bird’s eye view of your surroundings… but it is a really cool technology and more vehicles should have it.

The interior of the 2018 Infiniti QX80 is strikingly similar to the QX80 I drove four years ago. The only change I could spot was a new gear lever. Some may argue that an update is due, but to be honest, I love the interior design! It is beautiful with a leather wrapped dash, doors, and seats. The wood trim appears to be carefully carved to shape. Special detail was given to the steering wheel – wood outlines the exterior rim, while leather dresses the inside of the wheel for enhanced grip. The wheel feels reminiscent of a classic British steering wheel due to this configuration. The optional saddle brown leather seats paired with diamond quilted stitching on my test car enhanced the European flavor when siting behind the wheel. Like the previous QX80, the seats on the 2018 model are oversized; giving you the notion that you have a football field of space to stretch out and enjoy the ride. This applies to primarily the front and second rows of seats, but the third-row seats are also quite comfortable. I wouldn’t mind hanging out back there for a family road trip. Should your little ones grow tired on the journey, my test vehicle featured two screens on the back of the front headrests and wireless Bose headphones to deliver a cinematic experience.

Like I said previously, not much has changed for this big and beautiful land yacht in the past four years. But it is still one of the best full-size SUVs that money could buy, and now it is even better. The only sting is that a well-equipped version of the Infiniti QX80 will cost you over $80k.

The Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 Will Liven Up Your Daily Commute

Life is too short to drive boring cars. So lucky for us, there are handful of sports sedans on the market that gets the kids to school, is a pleasure to drive, and quick off the line. These include the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi S4, BMW M3, Cadillac ATS-V, Mercedes AMG C43/C63, and of course the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400. They each have their merits. The Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 is in the middle of the pack in terms of performance, but it is at the top of the charts for value and fun. Click Here To Continue Reading

400HP in a luxury sports sedan for only 50k?

It sounds too good to be true, but the 2016 Infiniti Q50S luxury sports sedan really does offer 400hp for around 50k. It is a bargin when you compare it to the BMW M3 which offers 25 more horsepower, but at a $13,000 premium. Other competition in its class is the Audi S4 and the Lexus IS F-Sport, but they don’t offer anywhere close to 400hp.

In addition to 400 horsepower under the hood, the Infiniti Q50S has a number of high-performance goodies under the hood:

  • The digital steering system offers a dynamic input and feel, allowing you have a sporty feel during a spirited drive and a luxury feel while cruising on the highway.
  • Rear wheel drive comes standard, versus the Audi A4 which comes with front wheel drive. The optional all-wheel-drive system maintains a rear wheel drive bias, while delivering up to 50% of the power to the front wheels when needed.
  • A seven speed automatic is standard equipment for all Q50 models. The aluminum paddle shifts on the steering column deliver a quick response and shift times are quick for a traditional automatic transmission.
  • Five driving modes are available, each with its own presets to change the way the car drives: Snow, Eco, Standard, Sport, and Sport Plus.

One of the cooler facts about the Q50S is that Infiniti is racing them in the British Touring Car Championship. It is neat to see a sedan in the this price range being raced by the manufacture!

The Q50S offers a modern exterior design with sleek lines and a sporty look. Almost every line was engineered for aerodynamics, in order to increase fuel economy and performance. It is available in 9 colors, ranging from liquid platinum to iridium blue. The vehicle I tested came in Venetian Ruby.


The interior is dressed with leather and optional maple wood or aluminum trim. Gray or black interior are your only color options. The highlight of the interior, at least for me, was the dual touchscreen displays on the center consol. This is the only vehicle I have driven with them. Because of their enhanced fuctionality, I am really surprised more vehicles don’t make use of dual screens instead of unusually large widescreen displays. The dual screens allow you to control two systems simultaneously, such as navigation and audio. Large widescreen displays, like the only on BMWs, perform a similar function, but their use isn’t as intuitive.

Like I said earlier in the article, the Infiniti Q50S is priced around $50,000, which makes this car a bargain for those wanting a high performance sedan without braking the bank.

For more information about the 2016 Infiniti Q50S, contact your local dealer or go to InfinitiUSA.com.

Upgrade to first class with the Infiniti Q70L

 
If you have  $50,000 to $65,000 to spend on a luxury sedan, you have a few options. You can get mid-sized sedan like the Mercedes E-Class or the BMW 5-Series, or you can upgrade to the full-sized Infiniti Q70L.

The Infiniti Q70L has Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-Series, and Audi A8L qualities at a fraction of the price. You get a flagship vehicle with exceptinal ride quality, advanced technologies, and enough leg room for backseat passangers to stretch their legs with an additional six inches of leg room.

 
The interior of the Infiniti Q70L is very posh. The center consol, dash, and doors are dressed with real wood and soft the interior is lined with sof to the touch leather. An available 1o speaker Bose sounds system with twin speakers on the headrest of the front seats is litterally music to my ears – It creates a personalized sound experince for each occupant.

The Infiniti Q70L is avialable in two different engine configurations: a 3.7L V6 that produces 330 horsepower and a 5.6L V8 that produces 416 horsepower. The V8 moves! Both drivetrain option come with a 7-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly, but quickly when needed.

The usual flagship level features are standard with the 5.6L varient of the Infiniti Q70L, such as a 360 degree camera and and climate controled seats. So far $64,000 you are not just getting a bigger engine.

The overall design of the Inifiti Q70L has had a major update in almost a decade. This is good for buyers, because they can expect their car to look modern for years to come.

Luxury meets sport with the Infiniti Q60S Limited 6MT

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Outside of a couple Porsches, the Corvette and a handful of BMWs, it is rare to find a true luxury car with a sports tuned suspension, performance exhaust and a manual transmission. Most manufactures have opted to replace the manual gearbox for a dual-clutch transmission. Sure, a dual-clutch transmission shifts faster than a manual, but it takes away half of the fun! I love the feeling of shifting from 1st to 2nd while accelerating from a stop. And the art of downshifting and rev matching moments before you head into a turn is exhilarating. The Infiniti Q60S Limited 6MT has all of this more. 

The coupe is powered by 3.7L V6 engine that produces 330 horsepower and 270 pounds of torque. The engine’s modern design features 24 valves and dual overhead cams. My favorite part is the 6-speed manual transmission with short-throw shifter. It is easy to use and gives you a sense of power while changing gears. I was surprised to find that the transmission doesn’t offer rev-matching… It is a recent technology, but its sibling, the Nissan 370z has offered it for several years. The Infiniti Q60S Limited 6MT also comes with a viscous limited-slip differential to help maintain superior launch control.

The 2014 Infiniti Q60 is the embodiment of "Inspired Performance," offering an unmatched combination of dynamic design, exhilarating performance and a modern, luxuriously crafted interior.

The Infiniti Q60S Limited 6MT offers luxury in all the right places. The seats are comfortable on long drives, the Bose Sound System is superb, and the red-stitched sport seats are sexy! The powered steering wheel and dash cluster are unique to Infiniti: When you move the steering column up, the instrument cluster on the dash moves with it.

If you want a true sports car, but desire comfort and luxury, the Infiniti Q60S Limited 6MT is a smart choice. The standard manual transmission and sports turned suspension positions it along side Porsche and BMW in the luxury sports car category.

The Infiniti QX80 is a modern day “Land Yacht.”

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The full-size luxury SUV segment has many choices, but amongst the top, is the Infiniti QX80. It is a modern day land yacht – and that is a great thing! The term was popularized in the 1950s and 60s when the most impressive cars on the road were filled with luxurious amenities and had generous proportions. The Infiniti QX80 is big, beautiful, and sexy at the same time.

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The inside is even more beautiful than the outside: The large front seats are wrapped in ultra smooth leather. The wood trim on the dash stretches around the front cabin. Polish metals decorate the buttons and controls.

The Infiniti QX80 has the most beautiful steering wheel I have seen on a modern car. The outside of the wheel features wood trim to give it a polished look, while the inside of the wheel features leather to increase grip.

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I still don’t know which I prefer: the front or the back…. Rear passengers will enjoy the unusually large captain’s chairs, a fixed arm rest, and two 7″ video screens. The 15-speaker Bose sound system sounds great throughout the entire car.

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If you need to seat seven, the Infiniti QX80 features a third row of seats. They easily fold flat – with a touch of a button – to increase cargo capacity. This enables you to fit yourself, three friends, and bunch of furniture in the car.

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The Infiniti QX80 is large SUV, but it is easy to drive – It doesn’t feel as big as it is when you get behind the wheel. Part of that is thanks to a powerful 5.6L V8 engine and a hydraulic body motion control system, which gives you better cornering and a smooth ride.

The vehicle is well insulated, so with the windows closed, you get placed into a tranquil setting – even during the middle of rush hour traffic.

Most impressive is the base price for this vehicle. The Infiniti QX80 starts at around $63,000. For a fully loaded Infiniti QX80, with nearly every option, you are looking at about $80,000… Still an amazing price for what you get.