Infiniti M30 Convertible

Infiniti M30 Convertible (StreetView)
Based on the F31 Nissan Leopard for the Japanese Domestic Market, the Infiniti M30 was the first of the M-Series that are now executive cars, but this one, the M30, came in either coupe or convertible (U.S.-only) configuration. This, along with the Q45, were the first two Infiniti vehicles, introduced with the marque in 1989 for 1990. It only came with an automatic transmission paired with a single engine choice, a DOHC 3-liter V6. Despite being promoted with a relatively smooth powertrain, 162 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque pulling its 3,302 (3,576 for convertible) pound body was too underpowered for buyers' tastes. Eventually, after at least 17,000 units built, it was discontinued in 1992 and replaced with the J30 sedan, and the brand wouldn't see another coupe enter production until June 2002 with the G35 Coupe. Nevertheless, it has a cult following among enthusiasts for being compared to other sports cars like the Nissan Silvia, especially in Japan, where it is seen as a prized addition for collectors.

Image date: July 2007
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