The 2011 Infiniti M56 offers more power and better fuel economy from an all-new 420-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 (versus the previous generation M45’s 4.5-liter V8).
The M56 engine features Infiniti’s advanced VVEL (Variable Valve Event Lift) system and is equipped with a standard 7-speed automatic transmission. The M56 engine utilizes Direct Injection Gasoline technology. The M56 is available in both rear-wheel drive and with Infiniti’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system.
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.
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, center floor cover, rear tire deflectors, exhaust cover, floor side fairings and rear diffuser.
The M instrument panel features Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges, gear-like rings on the instrument cluster meters, a 7.0-inch color vehicle information display and Infiniti analog clock. Leather-appointed, heated 10-way power driver and front passenger’s seats including 2-way power lumbar support are standard, along with a dual occupant memory system for the driver’s seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors, which can be linked to the individual Intelligent Keys.
Standard technology equipment includes Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, Infiniti Intelligent Key with Illuminated Push Button Ignition, HomeLink Universal Transceiver and RearView Monitor.
Base model estimated mpg: 16/25
Estimated starting price: $57,550
Compiled by Motor Matters

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