Let me explain to my right is an infinity and to my left is the brand new bmw 4 series, the g22? Unfortunately, as much as we try, sometimes we can't get cars that have the same power plants so in this video we're going to find out. How good is this infinity with it's get this non drive by wire, steering and how good or not is the brand new bmw 4 series, and that is coming up right now, with the help of our friend paul, the former stig from top gear usa. So you too can come here to imi motorsports by clicking on the link below and renting the track or going over to the motocross and trying your motorcycle out on some of the cool and fun playground here at imi. Under the hood of the bmw, we've got the b46 four cylinder engine that's a two liter twin scroll turbocharged, and it makes 255 horsepower and 294 pound feet of torque uh out of the four cylinders that are out there today. This is actually getting to be a fairly low powered number. There are plenty of them on the market now that are more up near the 300 and several that are well over 300 horsepower. So 255 horsepower, especially at our mile above sea level, probably not going to be a screamer, so we're, hoping for a good, well balanced. Bmw that's fun to drive regardless under the hood of the infiniti we've got a twin turbo: 3 liter v6 it's, the vr 30 dd tt, and it makes 400 horsepower and 350 pound feet of torque.
So quite a big power advantage over the bmw, nissan, typically in fit and infinity put their engines a little further forward. So that's one of the downsides of this platform versus a bmw platform where you got about a 53 weight on the front of the bmw or so uh, and here you're, looking at right around 58. So that makes it a bit more nose heavy. But a big horsepower advantage about 145 more horsepower than we're looking at in the bmw, bmw, 430i uh zero to 60 run. This is the 255 horsepower um two liter turbocharged engine and full left foot brake full throttle unless the revs get up pretty high i'm. At about 3 100 rpms and launch kicks pretty hard each gear and we got 5.92 seconds to 60 miles an hour so again pretty good for being a mile above sea level, so 5.4 seconds with the infinity – and i really like that power band um, i don't Know if you remember, but it has 400 horsepower and 350 pound feet of torque, which is kind of weird a lot of times today. You'Ll have an engine that will have more torque than horsepower, especially turbocharged engines, and what you feel from a power band from that or those cars tend to have very flat power curves, which means they make a lot of torque at really low, rpms and um, and They kind of as the rpms climb the power, even though the horsepower is climbing um.
The acceleration feels very linear, but this engine, because it has more horsepower than torque. It keeps pulling harder and harder more like a naturally aspirated engine and it gives it character and that was kind of fun. So i like that, the way this engine feels so you might not be impressed with that torque number at 350 versus the horsepower 400, but it actually feels really cool to drive and it feels like you really want to rev the thing up. So i like that, on the 430 ix drive, we've got michelin, pilot 4s's and it's a 225 on the front, staggered setup with the 255 on the rear. So, even though it's an all wheel drive car, it has a staggered setup which isn't that unusual these days. Of course, some nice big, four piston calipers up front um on these 19 inch rims and this tire is a summer tire. So it does give it a bit of a tire advantage. So, even though it's got 145 horsepower as a deficit to the infinity, it does have a sportier tire because, as we'll see, the infiniti is on an all season. Tire now, with both cars being all wheel drive, i did mention the big horsepower disparity between them. 145 horsepower. We also have um a big weight distribution. Difference too, with that big v6 sitting up front and a little bit further forward on the infinity it's got a bit more weight on the nose.
So this uses a square tire setup that's a 255, so it's got a bigger front tire than the bmw, though it is an all season and also using a 255 in the rear. 260 s. Infinity 400 horsepower 350 pound feet of torque park. Sensors all season tires, unfortunately, pretty high performance all season tires, but still all season tires. This car has no feel to it at all. No steering feel no chassis feel just completely numb great engine, though transmission's pretty good lots of understeer and really numb steering a very wooden brake pedal very hard. It kind of pushes back against you so a lot of areas, things that could be really really good. With this car, like amazing engine kind of ruined by a very numb, chassis and uh, and again kind of hurt handicapped a bit by having all seasons on it all right paul there you go yeah that seems about right, actually yeah yeah, so so um. It sounds good from the outside yeah, so with over 100 horsepower less. You think the bmw can get anywhere near that i think it will get fairly close we'll see that that's a big horsepower deficit, but chassis wise unless they really mess that car up. It should be in with a fight let's find out. Yeah. Bmw, of course, builds a direct competitor to the infinity, but, interestingly, this infinity is 65 000 ish, and this bmw is 61, so price wise, even though they don't compete directly they're.
Not that far apart and, of course paul, i got to ask you: what do you think of of the double kidney grill on the bmw, i'm, i'm old enough to remember the the controversy of the bangle butts that bmw did with the old 745s and and chris Bengal is the chief designer then, and those cars had all the controversy, and i thought: okay, it was kind of over. Maybe bmw's found their way and then they unleashed this on us and uh it's. Not good. Is it yeah that's, not good. You'Ve got to be like a total, bmw, fanboy or someone that is completely styling clueless to go. This is okay, if you think of like the e36 as being kind of the quintessential bmw were those two little small candy grills. On that yeah i mean there is a uh arms race right now happening. I think lexus kicked it off with that spindle grill and it's gotten freaking ridiculous. All right here you go all right: 430i, going for a lap time, not as much motor as the infinity, but we got pilot 4s's better brakes turn so much better, just better balance all around. Of course. The tires are a big help here, but just generally the chassis, the steering everything better can it make up for 145 horsepower brakes are so much better. Just remember guys feel is confidence and if you can't feel what the car is doing, you're just sort of hanging on hoping it does what it's supposed to do, but when it has feel it's, predictable and confidence inspiring, and you don't worry about anything anymore.
The brakes. You know they're gon na work, everything you know works because you feel connected to it that's the big difference, so it was quicker. I'Ll be darned over 100 horsepower less but tires, and i suspect, um well just driving dynamics. Let'S see what paul says there. We go by what it wins by a nose, not a pretty nose once again so tires right, better yep, less horsepower less horsepower way less, but chassis and steering yeah and brakes and brakes everything about it. Dynamically again, uh probably definitely time in the tires, but just a better overall balanced car, better weight distribution and a lighter car. So sometimes that can offset a higher horsepower car yeah seriously lighter. I think, it's like what 300 pounds yeah yeah that's a lot of weight. Yeah, oh there we go there. We go bmw, wednesday. Bmw still has it man, i guess we didn't need a three, you know 340if or 350i. After all. No this one is fast enough. Man yep, really paul. The bmw won by a nose really is that you're going with that and one by a big, a big nose, a ginormous, all right, let's start grandiose knows: let's start with the infinity. Is it hot or not? The engine is okay uh. Just i would almost call it an epic engine it's, just a marvelous engine. It has this wonderful, pull all the way up to redline and my dream car would be put that engine in the bmw.
Maybe it is a mashup. Can we do like a literal matchup? All right, so the bmw, four thousand dollars less 145 horsepower less. Is it hot or not? I mean that's the thing. I think i think, just by what you said it has to be. How do you, how do you overcome a 145 horsepower deficit to turn a quicker lap time i mean it shows you better tires better tires, better chassis, better steering, much better brakes all of those things you could really just grab this thing by the scruff of the Neck and drive it like you, want to drive a bmw like you'd, want to drive any sort of sports, coupe and it's. What bmws are known for where the ultimate driving machine moniker came from and and this car kind of lives up to that promise? I guess the infinity sort of does on paper and it does with a great engine, but the rest of it is a bit of a disappointment and much more of a luxury cruiser while the bmw yeah it it gets the job done as always, it's roman and This is paul, saying thanks for watching and check out tflcar.com for more news season.