2016 Nissan Maxima SR bests field of luxury sports sedans in certified testing at Buttonwillow Raceway Park

2016 Nissan Maxima SR
  • All-new Nissan Maxima proves its “4-Door Sports Car” credentials in independent certified testing trial
  • Assembled field of competitors for test include BMW 328i, Acura TLX 3.5L Tech and Audi A4 2.0T quattro
  • Closest competitor, the BMW 328i, posts average lap time nearly a full second – 0.98 second – slower around 1.8-mile Buttonwillow Raceway’s West Loop course
  • Two-and-a half minute testing video hosted by championship driver Andy Lally available now on Nissan’s YouTube channel
2016 Nissan Maxima SR
2016 Nissan Maxima SR © Nissan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan promised that the 2016 Nissan Maxima lives up to its “4-Door Sports Car” nickname when it revealed the all-new, eighth-generation sport sedan’s design at the recent New York International Auto Show. Now the certified proof – and video testing highlights – are in and posted online for everyone to see.

Called the “2016 Nissan Maxima Test Track Challenge,” AMCI Testing was contacted as an objective, independent third-party testing organization to explore and certify differences in Buttonwillow Raceway closed course lap performance between the 2015 Acura TLX 3.5 (FWD) with Technology Package, 2015 Audi A4 2.0T quattro® Premium Plus Tiptronic, 2015 BMW 328i sedan and the 2016 Nissan Maxima SR.

When all laps were completed around the 1.8-mile Buttonwillow Raceway Park’s West Loop, the new Maxima was clearly the fastest:

Vehicle Seconds Margin (sec.)
Maxima SR 1:18.50
BMW 328i 1:19.48 0.98
Acura TLX 3.5L 1:20.58 2.08
Audi A4 2.0T Quattro 1:21.21 2.71

“We expected the all-new 2016 Maxima, with its re-engineered engine, transmission and chassis to do well, but frankly even we were surprised by the head-to-head test results against some very well-established luxury sports sedans,” said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America. “Following the adage that ‘seeing is believing’, the video highlights that the 2016 Maxima’s drivetrain and powertrain combination is well optimized for performance, meeting the challenge offered by the well-regarded rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive competitors.”

Source – Nissan

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