New engines provide rocket power for Infiniti’s Q50 sports sedan

Color me impressed.

For those in the market for a premium luxury mid-size sports sedan, the 2016 Infiniti Q50 is an absolute must for the test drive list.

The 2016 Q50 — available in rear- or all-wheel drive configurations — is an amazing vehicle.

The big news for the 2016 model year is that Infiniti has equipped with the five-passenger Q50 with three new twin turbo engines.

While I have only had the opportunity to evaluate the 400 horsepower 3.0-liter twin turbo V-6 version that powers the Q50 Red Sport trim level, what I can tell you is it feels like it’s powered by a rocket.

What I really like about it is the Q50 has very respectable manners — meaning you’re not constantly having to rein in the engine to keep within the speed limit when driving in city conditions. But when you want or need the power, step on the accelerator and the Q50 takes off.

For those not needing 400 horses under the hood, the Q50 is also available with a 300 horsepower version of the same engine, which powers the Q50 Premium 3.0t model.

The Q50 is also available in the 2.0t and 2.0t Premium trim levels, both equipped with 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine producing 208 horsepower and 258 lbs.-ft. torque.

There is also a Q50 hybrid model, but we will save that for a later review.

Both non-hybrid engines are mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with sport mode.

With a base price starting at $33,950, the 2016 Infiniti Q50 is elegant, very well equipped and as I alluded to earlier, will more than meet the needs of any performance-oriented driver.

A small sample of features on the Q50 Red Sport includes: automatic LED headlights with on/off feature; leather-appointed 8-way sport seats with manual thigh extensions; driver seat power lumbar and side bolsters; leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel; dual zone automatic climate control; power tilt and telescopic steering column with memory and easy entry; welcome lighting on front door handles; front door touch unlock and push button start; rearview monitor; Infiniti InTouch dual display system with controller, InTouch Apps and Infiniti InTuition for storing climate, audio and driving preferences to each intelligent key. And the list goes on and on.

The Q50 is also loaded with active and passive safety systems.

While the premium sports sedan segment is filled with notable entries, the Infiniti Q50 is certainly among the segment’s leaders.

This is a very impressive five-passenger luxury-oriented sports sedan, worthy of a long test drive.


Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 20 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association.