Infiniti I30

From Infiniti press: An Infiniti Division sales leader since its introduction, the Infiniti I30 will undoubtedly continue to exceed all expectations in 1997. From the time I30 was launched in May 1995, the car has been responsible for more than half of Infiniti sales and has surpassed all goals.

Boasting features and styling attributes akin to the flagship Q45, the mid-priced I30 gives the Infiniti lineup an important element that meets the luxury, safety and performance demands of today's luxury car buyer -- for under $30,000.

The 3.0-liter DOHC V6 engine represents the next generation of powerplant design. Created through advanced computer modeling, the engine produces smooth, V8-like response and performance -- while delivering fuel economy equal to that of some four cylinder models.

Starting with a lightweight, compact aluminum engine block, the engineers re-thought every system and function. Friction was reduced throughout -- enhancing fuel economy, smoothness and responsiveness -- through the application of such advanced racing technologies as micro-finishing of the camshaft and crankshaft, molybdenum coating of piston skirts, and use of small piston skirt areas and thin piston rings.

The I30 engine also utilizes a new two-stage cross-flow cooling system design to help prevent engine knock, reduce emissions, minimize cold-start characteristics and improve the vehicle's heating system. Use of platinum spark plugs, a chain camshaft drive (rather than belt) and digital knock control system enhance durability, and the engine meets OBD- II standards for easier diagnosis of potential problems.

With 190-horsepower and 205 ft-lbs of torque, this advanced powerplant helps propel the I30 from zero to sixty miles per hour in 7.0 seconds (in independent testing). At the same time, the I30 delivers excellent fuel economy of 21 mpg City/26 mpg Highway for the 5-speed manual, and 21 mpg City/28 mpg Highway with the I30's electronically controlled 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission.

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