The commentator Chocolatedeath is completely adamant. We’re speaking about in the present day’s trio of unpopular sedans. All of them have rear-wheel drive V8s and have discovered few patrons of their time, however that does not cease us from selecting considered one of them to take dwelling.
So with out additional ado, let’s check out Chocolatedeath’s automobile comparability.
Consider it or not, the Equus debuted on the 2010 New York Auto Present a full decade in the past. The second era Equus was the primary to reach in North America, for the 2011 mannequin 12 months with a big 4.6 liter -V8 engine. Solely first 12 months variations had the 4.6L; Then the 5.0-liter Tau V8 of the highest class took its place.
Key engine numbers have been 429 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque (when crammed with premium gasoline). The Equus was 203 inches lengthy in sedan form, however the sedan model out there was not imported into North America. 4-wheel drive was by no means an choice with Equus, and all variations used the identical eight-speed computerized between 2012 and 2016. Equus was changed by the superior Genesis G90 in 2017.
The design of the Q70 dates again to 2011 when two new variations of the model’s M sedan have been launched because the M35 and M56. Amongst them, the brand new M used an “improved” and stretched model of Nissan’s rear-wheel drive FM platform that debuted in 2003 with the G35. With the brand new, swoopy design changing the blocky look of the outgoing M, the brand new M turned the (two inch) greater automobile it all the time wished to be.
There was a slight replace and title change in 2013 when Infiniti moved from numerous letter soups to Q-The whole lot. The M37 turned the Q70 3.7, the M56 turned the Q70 5.6, and the outside size stayed the identical at 194.7 inches. A protracted wheelbase model was out there from 2014. All-wheel drive was additionally out there as an choice, making the Q70’s configurations probably the most complete of our trio. Right now’s choice is the Q70 5.6 with commonplace wheelbase and rear-wheel drive. A seven-speed automobile sends 420 horses and 417 lb-ft of torque to the wheels. The Q70 was canceled with out alternative after the 2019 mannequin 12 months as a result of Infiniti has by no means supplied a big (ish) luxurious sedan that prospects wished to purchase.
At dwelling the Ok900 was known as the K9, however a couple of zeros have been added to its badge for North America. New for the 2013 mannequin 12 months, the Ok900 shared a platform with the aforementioned Equus and the smaller Genesis sedan of the primary era. The 200-inch Ok900 benefited from a later introduction than the Equus and used the identical GDI model of the 5.0-liter Tau V8.
Just like the Equus, the Ok900 used an eight-speed computerized transmission and was solely out there in a rear-wheel drive configuration. In contrast to the Equus, the Ok900 sported giant KIA badges that tended to break any luxurious vacation spot. This drawback was mirrored in Canadian gross sales, which stood at 96 between 2014 and 2018. The Ok900 was changed by a second era in 2019 that appears extra upscale and extra Mercedes-Bentley-like.
Two giant sedans, one giant to medium-sized sedan, restricted client attraction. Which one will get the acquisition in 2016?
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