Nissan President

For dozens of years, the President and Toyota Century represent the highest honour limousines in Japan, serving the Royal family as well as Government top officials. Unlike the export Lexus or Infiniti, they are produced in much smaller quantities and offers some tailor-made upholstery such as TV receiver and wine cabinet. You may call them Japanese Rolls-Royce. 

Mechanically, the President is simply a long-wheelbase version of the previous Infiniti Q45. That's not bad, because the first Q45 looked, handled and performed better than the second generation. If the 2-ton President is no faster and no better to handle than the current Q45, at least it looks superior. The smooth and sporty, Jaguar-style profile of the Q45 remains unchanged here, so do the thick metal-plated window frames. It looks more prestige yet more dynamic than the current Q45. On the contrary, I won't praise the Lincoln-like front grilles. Somebody may think this is what a luxurious car should have, but I prefer the unique grilleless face of the old Q45. 

As the Q45 is now powered by a 4.1-litre V8, the President's 4.5-litre V8 becomes the largest and most torquey engine offered by Nissan. It is tuned to deliver 270 hp and 290 lbft of torque. That's more than the Q45 and rivals well with the VQ30DET used by Cedric and Gloria. However, compare with Toyota Century's 5-litre V12 (with advanced VVT-i too), the older VH45DE is obviously inferior, no matter in terms of torque spread or smoothness. 

The all multi-link suspension is tuned much softer than the previous Infiniti for the favour of tycoon's back, accompany with the 150 mm extra wheelbase and 200 kg extra weight, the President can hardly deliver driving pleasure. Never mind, as those buying the President are not supposed to drive by themselves. 

The above report was last updated on 13 Apr 2000. All Rights Reserved.


Nissan President
Front-engined, Rwd
L / W / H / WB: 5225 / 1830 / 1435 / 3030 mm
V8, dohc, 4v/cyl.
4494 c.c.
270 hp
290 lbft
All: multi-link
215/65 R15
1940 kg
Top speed
0-60 mph
0-100 mph

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