Over the past couple over years the “VIP” part of the JDM scene has started to get a lot more attention than ever before. If you don’t know what VIP is, its basically just making a luxury car cool looking on the outside, and super luxurious on the inside. With the rise in popularity in the VIP scene, some cars have also gained a lot of attention. Unfortunately, most of the love goes to the Lexus LS400, and all other are kind of left in the dust. For this article were going to be looking at the second generation Q45. Lets take a look at what makes Infiniti’s Q45 such an exceptional luxury car.
I think most people would agree that the Q45 isn’t exactly a good looking car. In stock form that is. And i’d have to agree with them. It kind of looks like the LS400 which I personally love, but its almost like Infiniti added some grand-pa styling. I will say, much like the LS400, the Q45 definitely has some german styling it to it. Almost like an Audi from the 90’s, it has one or two body lines, but thats basically it. The sides of the Q45 are pretty smooth, and pretty simple. I personally like cars with simple body lines. But a stock Q45 just has something grandpa-ish about it.
Whats weird in that it reminds me on other Infiniti cars of the time. It doesn’t really look like any of the other Infiniti cars, or really anything from Nissan at the time. If you’ve lived in both Japan and the US you might’ve noticed that in Japan its actually the Nissan Cima, the Q45 also shares the same platform with the Nissan Cedric and Gloria.
If you know about Toyota V8’s, and how awesome they are, than chances are that you know about Nissan V8’s. The engine that came in the second generation Q45 was Nissan VH41DE. The VH41DE is based entirely on the VH45DE, which the exception of the smaller stoke, which deceases its displacement from 4.5L to 4.1L.
But, since its otherwise nearly identical to the VH45, it reaps all the awesome designs of it. Things like a forged crankshaft and forged connecting rods make the bottom end extremely strong which is great if you ever plan on making tons of horsepower. It also has 6-bolt caps, making it even stronger. Of course with it being a Japanese car of the 90’s, it also featured variable valve timing.
All of this added up to an engine which produced 266 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. That is pretty impressive considering it only has 4.1L of displacement. Corvette’s at the time were making the same amount of horsepower but they used a 5.7L to do so.
The interior of the Q45 was absolutely stunning for any car in the 90’s. All scratchy, low quality plastics were thrown out the window in favor of much higher quality materials. The plastics which were used are very smooth and soft, but there isn’t a whole lot of plastic on the interior of the Q45.
Wood trim was used all throughout the Q45 and although it was fake wood, it really made the interior feel like a rolls royce. Things like heated seats and seats that remember your preferred driving position and steering wheel position.
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The interior of the Q45 feels nicer than most modern Mercedes. I’m saying that as somebody who has driven tons of Mercedes and also owned a second generation Q45. To put the icing on the cake, the Q45 featured a full Bose auto system with no less than eight speakers.
So overall, the Q45 is one of the most luxurious cars to be made in the 90’s. It can be had pretty cheap due to its age, and it will likely be more luxurious than anything your friends drive. It has classic grandpa styling, a bad ass motor, and the nicest interior on earth. If you liked this article share it with your friends!