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Infiniti M Coupe: Early Look

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Infiniti M Coupe: Early Look

Published May 14, 2010

Just the Facts:

IL offers an early look at an Infiniti M coupe photo illustration.

Nissan officials have discussed the possibility of building an M coupe.

If Infiniti goes ahead with the coupe, it would likely be offered as an M37 and M56.

SANTA MONICA, California — Inside Line has learned that Nissan executives have discussed the expansion of the 2011 Infiniti M lineup from solo sedan to a three-model offering as well — sedan, coupe and ultimately convertible, too. This is a necessary move if the Japanese automaker intends to seriously compete in this segment, but then, we're not telling Nissan anything it doesn't already know.

Remember that Mercedes just finished the redesign of the E-Class sedan, coupe and convertible, and BMW is rapidly approaching the launch of its redesigned 2011 6 Series lineup, which will also include a coupe, sedan and drop top.

Infiniti first showed its sexy Essence concept car at last year's Geneva auto show, and there's no doubt that the showcar's design philosophy has already been considered as dressing for the possible future M coupe. And the computer renderings illustrating the promising design of the M coupe draw heavily from the Essence, including its unusual B-pillar and front fender side vents.

If Infiniti goes ahead with the project, it would probably be offered in both M37 and M56 variants, which would match the E350/E550 range closely, both in power and price. The M56 sedan already carries a competitive yet underutilized 420-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 engine, and is a well-suited opponent to the 342-hp Mercedes E550 coupe. And at $58,000, the M56 sedan is priced just $3,000 above the E550.

BMW has not yet announced final pricing and specs on its new standard 6 Series lineup, but the 500-hp V10-powered M6 currently starts at a cool $102K.

Inside Line says: Infiniti's M coupe is more than a model that's being considered, it's a car Infiniti needs to become a real player. — Kelly Toepke, News Editor

link:

http://www.insideline.com/infiniti/m/infiniti-m-coupe-early-look.html

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Wow they took the Essence concept which was light years more beautiful and totally made it into a watered down, frumpy, outfit ugly production car. Good job Infiniti.

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At least the C-pillar looks like it isn't concave in the vertical plane the way it was on the Essence concept..that a was repulsive detail...

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balthazar    2,007

Monster dumb-down of the concept.

Render is another boring design also-ran with a dare-2-B-ugly C-pillar.

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Wow they took the Essence concept which was light years more beautiful and totally made it into a watered down, frumpy, outfit ugly production car. Good job Infiniti.

Can't seem to edit my post, I meant to say 'outright ugly production car'.

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Infiniti Working on M Coupe?

By Nelson Ireson

Editor

May 17th, 2010

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Infiniti's ability to build an attractive range of sedans and coupes off of a core platform has proven highly successful over the past two generations of the G, and now it looks like the larger, more luxurious M may get similar treatment--and it may even be joined by a convertible variant.

Styling is expected to draw from the Essence concept car shown last year at the Geneva Motor Show, in particular the highly stylized kink at the side of the B pillar. Front-end treatments could also include Essence-derived styling hints, such as fender vents and a different front fascia than the sedan.

The move to an M coupe would put Infiniti nearly on pace with its German competition, as well as Cadillac's CTS range. Both the 3.7-liter V-6 M36 and 5.6-liter V-8 M56 would be candidates for the chop, offering a range that's more in line with the standard CTS, E-Class and upcoming 6-Series than the V, AMG, and M end of the spectrum.

We'll probably have to wait at least a year to see the car in the sheet metal, putting Infiniti a bit behind the 2011 E-Class, which is already available in coupe, sedan, convertible and wagon formats. BMW's upcoming 6-Series is expected to get a four-door variant in the form of a production version of the Concept Gran Coupe, in addition to the existing coupe and convertible.

As always, we'll keep you updated with the latest news as it develops, so stay tuned for more on the M coupe. Until then, however, you can get a feel for the sister car with a full review of the 2011 Infiniti M sedan at TheCarConnection and our preview right here at Motor Authority.

link:

http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1045166_infiniti-working-on-m-coupe

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