2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400: Twin Turbos, By-Wire Steering, and Good Looks! – Ignition Ep. 153



In this episode of Ignition, presented by Tire Rack (http://www.tirerack.com), there is big news in the power department: The Infiniti Q50 gets an all-new, 400hp, twin-turbo V-6 with roots in the Nissan GT-R engine. The new 3.0L, direct-injected VR-series bolts to a seven-speed automatic and is good for a 0-to-60-mph run in just 4.5 seconds. This is a seriously quick rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan—but the even bigger news is what’s happening at the front wheels. As an option, the Q50 has a new version of Direct Adaptive Steering, meaning it’s the only car that doesn’t rely on a physical connection between the steering wheel and the front wheels. The steering column is still there to act as an emergency backup, but normally the Infiniti is fully drive-by-wire! The tuning possibilities are endless—which means things could go very well or very poorly. Did Infiniti get it right? If so, this could be one of the quickest and best looking six-cylinder sports sedans you can buy.

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21 Comments

  1. You're horribly wrong. Just because a car has 400 horsepower and rear wheel drive doesn't mean it has to be a "dynamic sport sedan masterpiece". Exactly 99.9% of Q50 owners are NOT going to take their cars to track and drive the Q50 to its limit, the way like the "reviewer" does. INFINITI has a strong character and presence in the market now, and if you still not sure what "they are trying to be", you probably don't know enough about cars.

  2. I dont' even know this guy's name, but he should seriously consider getting into acting or producing career. He seems to be an excellent story teller. I remember his LC review and it was way beyond simple car review.

  3. I really wanted to enjoy this review but for me, most of it was irrelevant to the vast majority of folk considering such a car. I have had a Q50 for 2 weeks now as a loaner after someone hit my car, now in the shop for repairs. This Q50 is a 2.0t and for most people, it would be a very decent car and the 'smarts' that so upset our learned reviewer would almost never come into play as most of us are not taking our family sedans to the track for a thrashing, trying to oversteer the hell out of them or trick the onboard systems etc. Why not take it on a gnarly 4WD track and curse its limitations there?

    Yes, there are some quirky things – the dual screens for one, the cruise control is not intuitive (compared to a BMW) and there is a bit of initial sensitivity to using a steer-by-wire system. The interior is OK – typically Japanese and not so consistent but overall, it does impress and inspire confidence in its passengers. It feels quite solid on the road and after about 2km, you get used to the steering (I prefer 'heavy' mode, which for me is not at all 'heavy' but better than little feeback). For normal road use – around a city or overtaking on a freeway, having a bit of fun on a back road, this car will deliver some happiness (I have owned a 911) and it is comfortable on a long drive. I think, for a car trying to edge some limits of conventional thinking, it does a pretty good job.

    So enjoy this 'review' for what it is – 'mildly entertaining' and be mindful for what it is not, for most of us that includes 'relevant'. Cheers from Oz – Dave

  4. Meh your problems with the interior are the exact complaints of other videos. Like do any of these reviews have original thoughts or complaints or praise. Like everyone reads a review gets in a car and just says what the previous review said. Craptastic.

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