2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 3.0t AWD: Long name, “hella” car

23 Nov 2016 | 570 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds   Everybody knows red is the color for passion--and sex. We have never thought that Infiniti products needed a name that exudes passion. The cars do that for themselves, thank you very much. But this special iteration of the Q50--not a car noted for being cold-blooded OR slow---adds a lot of spice to a product already blessed with a reputation for being an enthusiast's ride. Frankly, we think Infiniti to stand to cut a few words out of the long name--every time we were asked about the car, we had to resort to the Monroney to remember which words were used as part of the name. But never mind all that.  The name will be the last thing on your mind when  you drive it. [caption id="attachment_8476" align="aligncenter" width="625"]Infiniti Q50 models equipped with the 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo 400 hp engine are designated as the Q50 Red Sport 400. This high output version offers the most standard horsepower in class for a non-specialty model. Torque is rated at 350 lb-ft at 1,600-5,200 rpm. U.S. model shown. Infiniti Q50 models equipped with the 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo 400 hp engine are designated as the Q50 Red Sport 400. This high output version offers the most standard horsepower in class for a non-specialty model. Torque is rated at 350 lb-ft at 1,600-5,200 rpm. U.S. model shown.[/caption] Besides, we think of Infinitis as cars for those who are "in the know" about the uniqueness and ambiance of this brand--let the others buy entry level luxury cars that "everybody else" is driving. This is a good year for upgrades and improvements on the Q50 line as a whole. Buyers have a choice of three new available engines: a turbocharged four-cylinder and two turbocharged V6s. Other changes this year include revised steering and suspension tuning, as well as improvements to the Direct Adaptive Steering system, which has  come under fire by some auto journalists.
 Thanks to the stylish and updated exterior, and some sexy charcoal black wheels, a shade of dark blue that was breathtaking, along with vastly improved and up dated interior, the Q50 Red Sport can certainly stand its round in a swanky country club setting. Audi, BMW and everyone else take note--there's a new sheriff in Luxury Car Town.
Our Red Sport 400, done up in Iridium Blue, had a base price of $49,950. The Red Sport 400 comes standard with the following standard equipment: A 3.0 liter, 400 horsepower V6 along with  direct fuel injection and turbo speed sensors and high capacity air-to-water intercoolers; twin coolant pumps; all wheel drive, a seven speed automatic, independent front and rear sport suspension; Solid Magnesium Paddle Shifters, 19 inch aluminum alloy wheels with an exclusive Red Sport 400 design; sport brakes with larger rotors, zero-lift aerodynamics concept; a drive mode selector, active trace control, hill start assist, aluminum accented pedals;  sport front bumper design and exclusive Red Sport 400 exhaust tips; 14 speaker Bose audio system with Centerpoint Surround Sound and many other items. Safety equipment that is standard includes: Electronic brake force distribution; vehicle dynamic control; tire specific pressure monitoring system; roof mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags, a LATCH system for the kids; anti lock brakes and other items. The car comes with a basic four year/60,000 mile limited warranty coverage, six year/72,000 mile powertrain limited  warranty, 24 hour roadside assistance, etc. There were a number of other optional items on our car.  They include a Technology Package; Driver Assistance Package; Premium Plus Package; rear deck spoiler, Infiniti Welcome Lighting Package;  Maple Wood Trim Package; Direct Adaptive Steering Package;  and a number of other optional features. All of these brought the price to a rather lofty $60,585, but that's just about what you would pay for any luxury car with even less features and options on it. Bottom line: The price is reasonable considering the competition--just not for everybody. The fuel economy rating was 22 miles per gallon overall, and 19 city and 26 highway.  Expect to pay $2,250 in fuel costs over five years compared to the average new car. It uses 4.5 gallons of gas per 100 miles. And the annual fuel cost  is $2,250 based on $3.30 a gallon gasoline and 15,000 miles per year. The driver modes on this car included sport; sport plus; standard; eco and snow--all operated by one toggle control.  And yes, there is a major difference between the modes; this is not done for gingerbread purposes to palliate the unknowledgeable who may not know what each mode does, as happens in other cars in which this feature is almost non-distinct. The car really does precisely what each mode name suggests. Bottom line:  You get the joy of driving a car with a number of distinct personality styles. Enjoy! The only mode we did not care for was the Eco mode. The car's gas pedal becomes noticeably harder to press, the car's personality slows down to almost lethargic, and the experience is just plain unpleasant. We have driven other cars with Eco modes in which this operation was almost flawless and far less uncomfortable.. The interior was really sharp; using piano black, brushed aluminum and chrome, and a fun touch was a surround for gauges; they were  done in brushed silver with a design that looked like wind blowing off the edges of the gauges. The background of the gauges changed color depending on which mode you were using while driving. [caption id="attachment_8477" align="alignnone" width="622"]INFINITI has enhanced the 2017 Q50 sports sedan with new exterior and interior design features and the adoption of new in-car technologies. The upgraded 2017 INFINITI Q50 made its World debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l’Automobile). The Q50 sports sedan has been further developed to offer buyers a higher level of personalization and driving engagement, bringing INFINITI’s signature design, empowering driver technology, and exhilarating performance to the sports sedan segment. INFINITI has enhanced the 2017 Q50 sports sedan with new exterior and interior design features and the adoption of new in-car technologies. The upgraded 2017 INFINITI Q50 made its World debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l’Automobile). The Q50 sports sedan has been further developed to offer buyers a higher level of personalization and driving engagement, bringing INFINITI’s signature design, empowering driver technology, and exhilarating performance to the sports sedan segment.[/caption] It all looked the part of an expensive luxury car and a big improvement over models in previous years. Handling  was superb and acceleration was lightning quick. The Red Sport 400 can certainly keep up with the competition, and you will be richly rewarded when you poke the accelerator pedal! We think the new Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 serves notice on its competitors that it means business, and that the brand certainly is a major player in the market and deserves buyers' full attention.    

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