The Infiniti FX, also known as the QX70, might be one of Infiniti's best offerings. Sure there was the Q45, M56x, and of course the G IPL, but the FX was an excellent all-rounder from a company that isn't necessarily loved in the luxury marketplace.
The FX was unveiled in 2003 and came in 35 or 45 variants. The numbers referred to the displacement of the engine under the hood. The 35 series had the VQ35DE which made 280 horsepower, while the 45 series used the VK45DE with 320 horsepower. Both of these engines sent their power through a five-speed automatic, with a manual mode. The FX45 was capable of doing zero to 60 in 6.3 seconds, in 2003 making it slightly faster than a Porsche Cayenne S (non-turbo) of the same year. While the EX was badged as the Nissan Skyline Crossover, the FX was exclusively an Infiniti.
In 2008, the FX entered its second generation with updates to the range. The 2009 model range removed the FX45 and replaced it with the FX50. The FX50 was the crown jewel. Infiniti used Nissan's VK50VE, a 5.0-liter V8 that was used in Nissan's LMP3 race cars. The FX50 is the only vehicle in Infiniti's lineup, and Nissan's lineup to use this engine. The 32-valve V8 put out 390 horsepower which brought the zero to 60 down to 4.8 seconds. Power was sent to the rear wheels, or all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters. A 2019 Cayenne S puts out 440 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque and can still only get to sixty in 4.9 seconds, bear in mind that the FX's 5.0-liter came out in 2009 and didn't see an increase in its power during its second generation.
If the FX45 and FX50 were too much for you, then opting for the FX35 or FX37 still gave you an incredible vehicle, with the powertrains out of the 350z and 370z respectively. While we're at it, let's bring back that Porsche Cayenne comparison, because the QX70 with the 3.7-liter V6 from a 370z was not only faster than a Cayenne from zero to 60, but also cost $5,000 less. Not to mention that base Cayennes had an automatic as a $3,000 option. Which means that on average, customers were spending nearly $8,000 more for a worse SUV.
I hope the FX didn't stand for something ridiculous like Future Xperience, because it should've most definitely meant F-ing Xcellent. We didn't deserve a vehicle like this, and it shows considering a weaker, slower and more expensive like the Cayenne outsold the FX in the last seven years that it was on sale. It's a shame to think that Infiniti doesn't have a decent replacement for the FX, now that the QX70 is out of production, because I think it was the last truly great Infiniti.
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