I’ve got a Q45. Actually, more correctly, I’ve owned four Q45s. My first was a 1993, the first generation, with 278 horsepower. It was the luxury car that defined sport and it was unique and a class leader. My next was a 1997. I enjoyed it, although it was less edgy and didn’t seem as fast. But then came my real love… the 2002. The last generation of Q45, and definitely the finest. My current Q, a 2004 model, is from the same generation and with just a couple of extra features not previously available on the ’02.
My other car is an NSX, so it should make sense that even when I choose a big, old-man, luxury vehicle it’s gonna still be a tech-laden hot rod. And that is exactly what the Q45 is. Although they currently aren’t producing the Q45, the rumor is that they are developing the next generation currently. Meanwhile, you can pick up fantastic deals on low mileage used models – if you can find an owner willing to give theirs up!
Why? Well, because the third generation models come with more features than any other car on the planet! Here is a sampling of the stuff I’ve got in my 2004 model:
- 340 Horsepower, 0-60MPH in 5.9 seconds!
- Voice controlled climate, audio, navigation systems
- Heated and cooled front seats
- Heated, reclining rear seats
- Powered rear window shade plus manual rear door shades
- Powered remote opening/closing rear trunk lid
- Rear view backup camera system
- Rear armrest control over audio and climate systems
- World’s most powerful, Gatling gun headlights
- Laser guided cruise control system
- Active suspension with sport mode
- Tire pressure monitor system
Here are all of 2002-2006 Infiniti Q45 commercials I could find. This first one is “The Speed Effect”:
The Speed Effect commercial is quite fitting considering that the 35A V8 in the Infiniti INDY CAR shares features with the 340-hp V8 engine used in the Q45 luxury sport sedan. Both engines have the same 93mm cylinder bores and 112mm bore spacing. Other similarities include: titanium valves, dual overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder, sequential multiport fuel injection and an aluminum block with molybdenum-coated pistons.
This next one was a fantastic commercial advertising the rear view monitor:
And this one was great for the voice command system
Here is one called “The Problem With Following the Crowd”:
This last one was called something like “Anthem”. It’s also known among Q45 aficionados as the “Where are all the cars we were promised?” commercial. It was a fantastic idea, considering everything the Q45 does, but I think the commercial was poorly executed.
There were also some great commercials for the older models. This was a funny one from the 1996-2001 models:
Here is a very cool vid of a Q45 on the dyno doing a 150 MPH run. The engine sounds so sweet…
It just kills me to see them do this to my baby… but the car earned a 5 star crash test rating, and here you can see why.
- You can find manuals and guides for the 2005-2006 Q45s on Infiniti’s site here.
- Here is the “quick start” guide to the 2005 model.
- Automobile magazine’s review of the 2002 model
- Motor Trend magazine’s review of the 2002.
One last little thing… It’s possible to access the “hidden menus” and drive with the rear view camera turned on. Here is how, but be very, very careful in there. You can really screw some stuff up.
- Turn car on.
- Turn radio off.
- Depress and hold the [INFO] button and roll the audio ring-dial back and fourth 8 to 10 times.