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2011 Infiniti M37S

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2011 Infiniti M37S
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Hot on the heels of a direct competitor is this week’s tester, the 2011 Infiniti M37S. That direct competitor, of course, is BMW’s 5 Series, which I drove last week. Despite the BMW being a base model, it still impressed; this week’s tester is Infiniti’s sports model, and at $63,400 it is $3,000 more the 5-series I tested last week.

While the 528i had an eight-speed transmission, the Infiniti has a seven-speed; what’s one gear between mid-sized luxury sports sedans anyways? Both vehicles came equipped as rear-wheel drive, both with six-cylinder engines, in the BMW an inline 3.0L while the Infiniti is fitted with a 3.7L V6.

2011 Infiniti M37S
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The Infiniti boasts more power as well (nearly 100hp more), offering up 330hp and 270lb-ft of torque. The M37s really competes head-to-head with the BMW 535i, but that won’t stop me from making the comparison to the 528i I just drove.

A little about the new M: 2011 brings a complete redesign for the M. It was previously labeled M35 and M45, based on engine sizes, but now that the engines have changed, the model designations are M37 and M56. Also new this year is the availability of rear-wheel drive in the M37; last year, all V6-powered Ms were all-wheel drive.

Of course, all the features you would expect in this class are present, including heated leather seating, dual-zone climate control, intelligent key with push button ignition, navigation, XM radio and Bluetooth connectivity.

2011 Infiniti M37S
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $63,700

For more information on Infiniti and the M visit Infiniti Canada

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