2016 Nissan Maxima Debuts with 300HP V6, Concept Styling

So, depending on whether you believe the numbers or Nissan insiders, the 2016 Nissan Maxima introduced at the New York Auto Show this morning is either underpowered or plenty damn fast — at least if you get the SR edition. The 2016 Maxima has been introduced with a 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 redesigned with more than 60 percent new parts (compared to the previous generation 3.5-liter V6). The engine uses technology from GT-R, such as sodium-filled valves, to meet the needs of the higher compression ratio and combustion temperatures. RELATED: See More of the 2016 Nissan Maxima The surprising thing is relatively low output from the engine; 300 horsepower seems like so little from a vehicle promoting itself as a sports sedan. It’s probably going to deliver strong performance but that number just doesn’t jump off the page. There is 261 lb-ft torque @ 4,400 rpm, which also seems low. A Nissan insider said AMCI Testing certified that the 2016 Maxima SR turns a faster lap time at Buttonwillow Raceway Park than the 2015 BMW 328i, Audi A4 2.0T quattro Tiptronic and the Acura TLX 3.5L Tech. All except the latter, though, have four-cylinder engines. Let’s see how it does against the six-cylinder sports sedans like the Mercedes E-class or the Audi A6. RELATED: See Why We Called the Last Generation Maxima Stale It’s possible horsepower is tuned down to achieve better fuel economy. Nissan says the new Maxima is 15 percent more fuel efficient than the outgoing model. The model I lust for is going to be the Maxima SR. It’s going to have exclusive features including: sport-tuned suspension with monotube rear dampers with unique damper tuning and a larger stabilizer bar in the front; a performance chassis damper (similar to 370Z NISMO) – installed on the front section of the chassis to help quell high frequency vibration in the body that can result from the stiffer suspension; trace control and active engine brake; and aluminum sport pedals. It also features a new, performance-oriented Xtronic transmission featuring a wider ratio range, which allows for stronger acceleration from a standing start and an all-new D-Step shifting logic that provides rapid shifts at high throttle openings. RELATED: See Photos of the Nissan LM Nismo LMP1 The 2016 Nissan Maxima, which goes on sale this summer, with a starting price of $32,410, has a redesigned platform that features increased use of high strength steel, including the first use of 1.2GPa high strength steel in a Nissan sedan, and a revised 4-wheel independent suspension with monotube rear shock absorbers. The Maxima rips a page from the Mercedes-Benz playbook with an available Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system. It learns each driver’s habits and warns when drowsiness is detected. Better yet, it can also tell when a driver is distracted. Of course, a distracted driver would probably miss the warning. ____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide

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