Naturally, we were expecting the FX 50S to feel as inappropriate in the city as an M1 Abrams tank. After all, it's almost as long and as wide as short bus, while the 5-liter naturally-aspirated V8 can't really be called economical. The addition of a seven-speed transmission doesn't help the fuel economy either, even though it's a pretty efficient piece of engineering.
The truth is that the FX is pretty easy to drive in congested traffic, as long as you don't pay much attention to the gruesome fuel economy. During our city part of our test drive, the best figures we managed to achieve as far as fuel consumption goes were around 20-21 liters per 100 kilometers (US 11.2-11.8 mpg).
During prolonged stop-and-go traffic, the consumption rose to as far as 25-26 liters per 100 kilometers (US 9-9.4 mpg), which is a bit far from the official 18.9 liters per 100 km (US 12.4 mpg). Then again, we didn't exactly drove in the most economical matter having no less than 390 horsepower under the hood.
Even with the car's huge size, parking maneuvers are actually much easier than you would suspect. No, it's not thanks to the front and rear parking sensors, albeit they do help, it's the "Around View Monitor" system. By using four different cameras (one on top of the engine grill, one under each exterior rear view mirror and one just over the rear license plate) and a pretty cool software, the interior LCD screen can portray a birds-eye view of the car when going under 10 km/h (6 mph).
On top of this system and the parking sensors, the Infiniti FX also possesses a pair of simply gigantic exterior rear view mirrors, so parking should be a breeze as long as you have the room for it. Speaking of which, the only thing that was a bit annoying (apart from the fuel consumption) were the rear view mirrors, which show you everything that's going on at the car's rear, but the driver's side one is also obstructing part of the view ahead when making left turns. Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Well this is embarrassing. I have to admit that I screamed like a little girl when I first saw the Infiniti FX 50S in person. Obviously, it wasn't my fault, since anyone with a minimum instinct of self-preservation would probably do the same if they met with an FX on a dark alley.
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