This thread rocks!
When the first M45 came out, I remember drooling over it. Beautiful car...aggressive yet elegant looking. I've never been a fan of the F50. I don't like the looks, and it's too "lexus" for me...wood interior, ultra-lux, and it's got a great engine, but it's a bulky, heavy car. It had no appeal.
The original M was Infiniti's answer to my problems with the Q.Sporty, yet luxurious. Looks that were simple and smooth, and yet unmistakable, and they had that something that drew the eye straight to it.If I could have had any Nissan or Infinit product, I was prepared to drop my Maxima allegiance in a heartbeat for an M45.I only ever saw one on the road. I saw it nearly daily, though. It was owned by one of the proprietors of golf club right near my house. Unfortunately for me, the parking lot was gated ( ).
I drooled over that car. When friends would start talking about their love for Lexuses or Mercedes, or BMW, I'd bring up the M. I'd show them a picture of it, and tell them about the wonderful V8 engine. Then I'd subtly mention the price. The argument never continued much after that.
The G35 has never had much appeal to me either, as a car (though I have to say it is one of the most beautiful cars of all time). It's far too small. The sedan is simply pointless, as it's too small for any real sedan-type use. And the coupe? I could have a Z, which is more performance oriented, and more my style.
So again, the M was my answer--especially since the V8 spoke to the musclecar lover in me.
So when I started catching wind of the M45 redesign, I got worried.I figured it'd end up a cross between the tiny G and the uselessly luxo F50. I just didn't see how that'd work out right.Strangely, that's EXACTLY what it is, and it worked out magnificently. The car is simply a pleasure to look at--again, it combines a clean, flowing simplicity with undeniable aggression. It also looks very "Infiniti"--and yet you know it's an M the second you see it. The tail lights scream G35--but they don't mislead you for a second. And the profile of the car is perfect. The infiniti ads and flash animations transitioning from simple curves to a side view of the car say more than words ever could. The front fascia and hood, while sharing a curved look with the G, also managed to recall the angular scowl of the first M. It's almost as though Infiniti had the original M advocates in mind, knowing they'd have to please them with the successor. But in reality that seems unlikely, as Infiniti didn't design the M; Nissan did--the M and Fuga differ very very little. And as unsuccessful (I still fail to understand why) as the original was, I doubt the opinions of those few people who cared mattered much in the development of the redesign.And the car is big again. It's big enough that all five seats are usable, and that four adults can comfortably enjoy the ride. The interior is perhaps the best I've encountered. Nothing skimped on, nothing cheap. Everything has purpose--whether it be comfort, aesthetic, or function--and it serves that purpose well.
I haven't driven one, but I have had opportunities to sit in them, at the SLC International Auto Expo toward the end of winter, and at dealerships. I liked the seating position (not just the seat location--the overall resultant placement of the driver in relation to the wheel, pedals, windshield, and the rest of the controls). The controls were straightforward and, while arranged in an aesthetically pleasing manner, still managed to be straight to the point and functional. And the steering wheel was not, as is becoming so annoyingly common, too small.
If I could have any new Nissan right now, it would without question be an M45. To me, the M45 is the one and only true successor to the G50 Q45--the car that sparked my interest in Infiniti before I ever knew they were an offshoot of Nissan.
Most of you guys here know I'm a sedan guy, and a big car guy. I was raised on muscle cars and Maximas.
The M45 speaks to me. It says drive me, push me. Enjoy it, because I sure do. It says grab some friends, we're going to smoke some little coupes while sipping ice cold cokes.
If there's one big V8 sport sedan that has real soul, the M45 is undoubtedly it.