Why own a $57,000 Infiniti M56 if it can’t be driven at half the speed it was designed to reach?
Just the other day I saw a TV commercial for the 2011 Infiniti M56. It has a 420 hp 5.6 liter V-8 engine. It can reach 60 mph in about 5 seconds and will run to more than 150 mph, flat out.
I know, it makes me excited too.
But how many of the middle-aged urban/suburban manager/professional types who buy a car like this will ever drive it faster than 100?
Or even 90?
And how often will they do even that?
Even the young and eager can’t make use of such power. See what happens if you drive 100 mph (or faster) for any length of time in the U.S.
I don’t like it, either — but it’s the reality.
How often do you see people (teenagers excepted) blasting 0-60 as fast as the car can go?
I drive a lot and all over the country and what I see much more often is cars — including 400 hp cars like the M56 — easing away from lights just like the minivan in the next lane. The cars all pretty much grouped together, none going much faster than the others — and all of them going pretty slow. Maybe 10 mph or so over the posted limit.
If there’s no cop around. That’s about it.
How often do you see a car doing 0-60 in 5 seconds? Or running 20 or more mph faster than surrounding traffic. It happens, yes. But it’s rare — and when it does happen it’s usually a kid in a souped-up Mitsubishi with a huge wing on the trunk, not a 40-year-old businessman in a $57,000 Infiniti (or Benz or whatever).
In this country, a 400 hp car is as useless as a jet ski in the Mojave. We can’t drive really fast (much over 80) for any length of time, at least, because if we do, we will be roughly treated by the police — then the courts — and then by the DMV and the insurance cartels.
Adults — who are the only people in a position to buy a car like the $57,000 M56 — know this. They may have a teenaged son or daughter who would kill to drive the M56 to the fullest extent of its capability (and may just do it) but the adult owner won’t because he’s aware of the consequences or is just too old for that kind of stuff.
Reality check. It sucks, but it’s the truth.
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