In­finiti aims for top tier

It’s quick and clever but the en­gine’s show­ing its age

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - PRESTIGE - CRAIG DUFF

and looks in­side to match the Pre­mium in the car’s name.

It’s more a com­peti­tor to the Nis­san 370Z on which it is based than a pres­tige alternative to the Ger­man mar­ques that set the bench­mark in this seg­ment.

VALUE

There are two models in the Coupe line-up. The $75,900 GT Pre­mium has a sun­roof, adap­tive xenon head­lamps, rearview cam­era and a Bose sound sys­tem with seven-inch touch­screen that in­cludes a 30GB hard drive and sat­nav.

Spend­ing an­other $12,000 for the S Pre­mium adds big­ger wheels and brakes, up­graded sus­pen­sion and a lim­ited-slip diff. That’s at least $10,000 cheaper than the Mercedes C350 with a V6 or the Audi and BMW diesel sixes that use far less fuel but still go just as hard.

TECH­NOL­OGY

Stiffer sus­pen­sion and a slip­pery diff sharpen the re­sponse of the S model. Four­wheel steer­ing then hones it into a pre­ci­sion tool — the setup ad­justs the steer­ing ra­tio de­pend­ing on speed and the amount of lock as well as hav­ing the rear wheels steer in the op­po­site di­rec­tion in carparks to tighten up the turn­ing cir­cle. At high­way speeds the rears turn with the front to im­prove sta­bil­ity.

The most im­pres­sive part about the elec­tron­ics is the fact that they im­prove the han­dling with­out sac­ri­fic­ing feed­back.

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