INFINITI QX80 is designed to allow customers to travel in luxury everywhere. Oommen John P test drives INFINITI’s powerful SUV
The QX80’s power gives you command of every turn. Exceptional capability, inspired design and a luxurious expanse converge for an experience that challenges the limits of your next journey.
QX80 is massive. And it’s pretty wide too with pretty consistent width. Yet, it is still easy to drive with absolute light steering and superb visibility. With a powerful 5.6-litre V8 engine driving the rear or both axles, the new QX80 remains the consummate performer in even the worst driving conditions.
With a taut yet comfort-oriented suspension and ample performance from its 5.6-litre V8 engine, the INFINITI QX80 gives drivers an assured feeling of control and confidence at the wheel. Designed and engineered to allow customers to travel everywhere in luxury, the SUV features a high-quality, hand-crafted interior, creating a driver-centric, passenger-minded space for inclusive, modern luxury travel.
The INFINITI QX80 offers a comfort-oriented ride with the suspension engineered to filter out poor road conditions and keep occupants comfortable. Whether at a cruise, on busy urban roads, or on a winding highway, the INFINITI QX80 remains composed and controlled at all times. The INFINITI QX80 stands apart with a refined and spacious cabin that features high-quality materials, a hand-crafted finish, and advanced drive-assist technologies – all combining to promote a sense of inclusive, modern luxury and set new standards for upscale sophistication.
Despite the comfort-biased brief for the fully-independent double-wishbone suspension, the INFINITI QX80’s unique Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HBMC) technology limits excess body-roll under more severe cornering. HBMC monitors body lean and roll as the INFINITI QX80 turns into a corner, and adjusts the suspension to create a smooth, flat ride. Hydraulic cylinders are connected to the shock absorbers and linked to one another with high-pressure hydraulic channels. Two accumulators monitor body roll and adjust suspension stiffness on each side of the car by transferring oil between the hydraulic cylinders. For the new model, the suspension’s damping force also has been reduced by 30 per cent at every corner, isolating the cabin further by absorbing higher-frequency vibrations.
Rear Auto-Leveling Suspension automatically adjusts suspension pressure to maintain the optimum ride height with cargo in the trunk or a trailer on tow. This allows the INFINITI QX80 to tow up to 8,500 lbs (3,855 kg) and carry up to 2,694 litres (95.1 cu ft) of interior cargo volume with third- and second-row seats folded. By keeping the vehicle at its optimal height, the INFINITI QX80 remains stable and continues to offer responsible handling and braking, improving driver confidence when towing or carrying heavier loads. INFINITI has also changed the vertical angle of the radial steel belt in the tire walls. This reduces vertical deflection by 5 per cent over the outgoing INFINITI QX80, enabling the car to better absorb small vibrations and road impacts when driving over rough or broken surfaces.
The design changes to the car are accompanied by optimised aerodynamic properties. With a drag co-efficient of 0.36 Cd – competitive with the most aerodynamic designs in the segment – the new INFINITI QX80 features a range of modifications to better direct air over, around and under the vehicle. INFINITI has applied its ‘zero lift’ approach, maximising stability at higher speeds. Revisions to the car include a new under-body cover, reshaped to improve air flow and reduce air pressure beneath the body and better direct air away from the rear tires to reduce drag. The redesigned body also enhances air flow, particularly off the rear, to minimise drag-inducing turbulence. These changes reduce the effects of wind turbulence at higher speeds, leaving the driver feeling more in-control and connected with the road.
Drivers can customise the all-wheel drive system via a dial in the center console. The system sits in ‘auto’ mode by default, using a computer-controlled transfer case to instantly redistribute engine torque to the wheels with the most traction. Permanent high- and low-range all-wheel drive settings are also available. The high-range setting is designed to take on moderate off-road driving and snow; the low-range function empowers drivers to tackle more demanding off-road conditions, with steeper inclines and declines, when more traction is needed. The all-wheel drive system is backed up by the QX80’s four-wheel Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS) system, which responds to wheel-spin by automatically applying brakes to each spinning wheel and redistributing torque to other wheels to maximize traction and control.
Both rear- and all-wheel drivetrains are paired with an advanced 5.6-litre DOHC V8 engine, delivering ample on-road performance. Combining the combustion efficiency of Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG), and the responsive acceleration of VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) technology, the V8 engine produces 400 hp (298 kW) and 413 lb ft of torque. The smooth-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission, fitted as standard to every model, allows the driver to access the engine’s power and torque reserves at any time. The automatic transmission features Adaptive Shift Control (ASC), and manual shift mode with Downshift Rev Matching. In rear-wheel drive configuration, the QX80’s fuel economy is rated at 14 mpg city, 20 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined. All-wheel drive variants are capable of 13 mpg city, 19 mpg highway and 15 mpg combined.