It sounds too good to be true, but the 2016 Infiniti Q50S luxury sports sedan really does offer 400hp for around 50k. It is a bargin when you compare it to the BMW M3 which offers 25 more horsepower, but at a $13,000 premium. Other competition in its class is the Audi S4 and the Lexus IS F-Sport, but they don’t offer anywhere close to 400hp.
In addition to 400 horsepower under the hood, the Infiniti Q50S has a number of high-performance goodies under the hood:
- The digital steering system offers a dynamic input and feel, allowing you have a sporty feel during a spirited drive and a luxury feel while cruising on the highway.
- Rear wheel drive comes standard, versus the Audi A4 which comes with front wheel drive. The optional all-wheel-drive system maintains a rear wheel drive bias, while delivering up to 50% of the power to the front wheels when needed.
- A seven speed automatic is standard equipment for all Q50 models. The aluminum paddle shifts on the steering column deliver a quick response and shift times are quick for a traditional automatic transmission.
- Five driving modes are available, each with its own presets to change the way the car drives: Snow, Eco, Standard, Sport, and Sport Plus.
One of the cooler facts about the Q50S is that Infiniti is racing them in the British Touring Car Championship. It is neat to see a sedan in the this price range being raced by the manufacture!
The Q50S offers a modern exterior design with sleek lines and a sporty look. Almost every line was engineered for aerodynamics, in order to increase fuel economy and performance. It is available in 9 colors, ranging from liquid platinum to iridium blue. The vehicle I tested came in Venetian Ruby.
The interior is dressed with leather and optional maple wood or aluminum trim. Gray or black interior are your only color options. The highlight of the interior, at least for me, was the dual touchscreen displays on the center consol. This is the only vehicle I have driven with them. Because of their enhanced fuctionality, I am really surprised more vehicles don’t make use of dual screens instead of unusually large widescreen displays. The dual screens allow you to control two systems simultaneously, such as navigation and audio. Large widescreen displays, like the only on BMWs, perform a similar function, but their use isn’t as intuitive.
Like I said earlier in the article, the Infiniti Q50S is priced around $50,000, which makes this car a bargain for those wanting a high performance sedan without braking the bank.
For more information about the 2016 Infiniti Q50S, contact your local dealer or go to InfinitiUSA.com.