The open road is the M’s favorite playground, but the presence of the “30d” and the lack of an “S” in the car’s designation keep it from offering the driver much more than comfort.
The ride is a top quality one, with the vehicle offering a peaceful state of mind, regardless of the type of road used. Not even certain famous B road portions didn’t manage to bring the word “unsettled” to our minds.
However, all these assets come with a downside when tackling corners becomes a priority. The body roll is pronounced and the rear-wheel drive doesn’t offer the sporty feeling it should.
In fact, for the type of customer this car targets, the handling at the limit becomes intimidating. This is because the ESP doesn’t entirely manage to keep things under control when all the 550 Nm are thrown to the rear wheels. You’ll have to bring a certain amount of prompt countersteering to the game if you want to drive this thing fast, even with the ESP on.
The M can’t live up to Inifiniti’s dynamic ambitions without the sport suspension and the 4 Wheel Active Steering of the S and S Premium equipment levels. We probably wouldn’t have been disappointed by the car’s handling if it had been fitted with the aforementioned systems, as well as with the Dynamic Cornering Control system, which is some sort of an ESP 2.0. (this is only offered on the S Premium).
Now that that we’ve seen what the M30d knows and doesn’t know about ride comfort and handling respectively, it’s time to get to the straight line part.
The top speed of 250 km/h/155mph (Infiniti respects the Germans' top speed Gentlemen's agreement) is enough to make you want to aim the M30d at no-matter-how-long trips. Fire and you can be sure that you’ll hit the target, killing it on the spot, even though the numbers don’t entirely back this up.
Infiniti claims that the M30d needs just under 7 seconds to hit 62 mph from standing starts, but the vehicle doesn’t feel that fast in the real world. However, standstill sprinting ambitions aside, the 238 hp and 550 Nm of the 3-liter oil burner are enough to allow you to decently play with the car on the open road.
Play a bit too hard and you’ll need to use the brakes, which have the ability and determination to rescue you. Both the stopping power and the fade resistance allow you to cruise without having to worry about the deceleration process.Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
Thank you God! I'll never hit the guy next to me on the motorway again and I'll be able to drop the biker fatality source clause from my insurance contract. The blind spot thing is great! And there's more: for years, I've been wishing to be able to polish more than just ten nails while behind the wheel. That radar or whatever it is now takes care of the pedals even when I'm in the city, so I can finally do that. My toes are so happy!
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