Infiniti Q50 gets 400-HP, twin-turbo V6
Infiniti looking to shake up the luxury car market and attract performance enthusiasts with 400-horsepower Q50.
Nissan’s upmarket division Infiniti has made a handful of upgrades to the Q50 for the 2016 model year in an attempt to lure luxury buyers away from Mercedes-Benz and BMW showrooms.
The big news for performance enthusiasts is that Infiniti is finally focusing on power, with the range-topping Q50 Red Sport, as it will be known, boasting a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine tuned to produce 400-horsepower.
While more precise performance figures haven’t been announced yet, we do know that the Red Sport will be driven from the rear and feature a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
If 400-horsepower is a little on the rich side for you (really?), Infiniti has got you covered. A detuned version of the same engine will also be offered, which sends 300-horsepower to the back wheels via the same transmission.
The 3.0-litre V6 will replace the current 3.7-litre Nissan-sourced engine found in the current Q50 and other Infiniti models.
Prefer efficiency over performance? You can also order the Q50 with a hybrid drivetrain, which is made up of a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and 50-kilowatt electric motor – a combination that still gives you 360 ponies to play with.
The base Q50 will get a 2.0-litre turbo four capable of producing 208-horsepower and regardless of which engine configuration you go for, all-wheel-drive is an option that can be had for an additional cost.
As well as the new engines, the Q50 will also get Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS) system, which is capable of making thousands of tiny adjustments every second to ensure the driver can manoeuvre effortlessly at high speeds and feel more engaged while traversing twisty roads.
There’s also Infiniti’s Dynamic Digital Suspension system which allow the driver to choose the softness of the ride, with sporty, comfortable or somewhere in between available.
The brand new Q50 will be unveiled at next month’s Detroit Motor Show alongside its sibling: the all-new Q60, which is also rumoured to be packing 400-horsepower.