Life is too short to drive boring cars. So lucky for us, there are handful of sports sedans on the market that gets the kids to school, is a pleasure to drive, and quick off the line. These include the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi S4, BMW M3, Cadillac ATS-V, Mercedes AMG C43/C63, and of course the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400. They each have their merits. The Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 is in the middle of the pack in terms of performance, but it is at the top of the charts for value and fun.
Under the hood of the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport is a twin-turbo V6 that produces 400 horsepower and puts down 350 pounds of torque. It is ample for stoplight to stoplight games or to power slide your way through a corner. One key element here is that the car will actually let you get the backend out if you want to; some of its challengers won’t let you unless you turn traction control completely off. By changing the car’s drive select mode to Sport Plus, you can adjust the traction control settings, allowing varying degrees of slip angle. But don’t worry if you are not a drifting pro; Sport Plus mode will let you slide but not spin out. So, you get to have fun without the worry of wrecking your new car. For times when you want to stick like glue to the road, an optional electronically controlled suspension system and all-wheel drive system allows you to hug turns like a pro. When needed, the car will correct your mistakes by shifting the power from the rear to the front wheels, effectively pulling you through a turn. The dynamic digital suspension package allows you stiffen up the suspension, and thus reducing body roll like on sports car.
To enhance the sporty look, the car is available with an assortment of carbon fiber aero effects such as a rear spoiler, as well as, aluminum trim on the inside. The front seats come in full leather with diamond quilted bolster support; the diamond quilted bolster support doesn’t do much, but it really enhances the appearance of the car! They were supportive and comfortable, even after sitting in the car for several hours. This is a very important consideration for a daily driver, because being fatigued isn’t fun for anyone. Occupants get dual screens on the center console to control the navigation and audio entertainment. I found this configuration a little confusing at first. But after a couple days with the vehicle I was able to differentiate which screen should ideally control each desired function. The dual screens then became an asset. Because the Q50 is designed to be a daily driver, the front cabin felt spacious and I found ample legroom in the back despite the vehicle’s compact size. There was also decent trunk space for groceries or a weekend trip. It is also a fuel-efficient car, with an MPG rating of 26 on the highway. Not having the fill up often made a week with the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 a pleasure. The active lane-keep-assist technology, which will give the steering wheel a gentle nudge if you start going out of your lane, and dynamic cruise control, which uses radar to stay a safe distance between the Infiniti and the vehicle in front of you, made daily highway commutes a breeze. The car can’t drive itself, but it was able to do a lot of the work in bumper to bumper traffic or cruising speed on long stretches of highway. Visibility is great, so it is an easy car to drive no matter what speed you are going.
The only shocker with this vehicle is the price. It starts at $51,000, which is a great deal when you compare it to the 400-horsepower competition. The BMW M3, Mercedes AMG C63, and the Cadillac ATS-V all cost over $60,000. The Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 is a true sports sedan that won’t break the bank, so it is must see!