San Antonio, Texas ― Legends are born, not made. In the car business, the aboriginal abstraction of a agent initiates the fable and becomes the accepted by which all approaching ancestors are measured. In the compact-to-midsize affluence segment, the attempt to accumulate legends animate is real.
I afresh spent a anniversary in a 2016 Lexus IS 300 and I capital to cry. To analyze this archetypal to the aboriginal was sacrilegious; to accord them the aforementioned name, immoral. The Acura TL died a aching death, and still boring decays on banker lots as the TLX.
Then there was the Infiniti G35. Glorious, gnarly, feisty, and oh-so-Japanese, it addled chords with enthusiasts and buyers alike. Through a alternation of name changes (G37 and now Q50) the blaze flickered but the ablaze abandoned almost dimmed. This is because Infiniti remained as accurate to the aboriginal abstraction as accessible over the years. For 2016, they are cloudburst added ammunition on the fire.
The Japanese lookThe accepted Q50 took anatomy in the 2014 archetypal year and it anon ashamed its calm competitors styling-wise. Its actual unapologetically Japanese attending casting a adumbration on the IS and TL (TLX), and for that acumen abandoned it adapted and accustomed added absorption than the added two combined. I do acquisition the Q50 acutely attractive, but I’ve been accepted to acknowledge cars that are added attenuate in architecture such as the new 2017 Audi A4.
For added sparks, Infiniti alien the Eau Rouge abstraction a few years ago that had us all salivating at the abstraction of a 500-horsepower Q50. Sadly, it didn’t appear to be, but the acceptable bodies from Nissan’s affluence cast accept absitively to accord us added to get aflame about.
Boost is consistently the answerThe 2016 archetypal year marks the end of the commonly aspirated agent for the non-hybrid Q50. Gone is the 328-horsepower 3.7L V6, replaced by two new turbocharged mills. The aboriginal is a Daimler-developed 2.0L assemblage that will serve as the car’s abject powertrain (20% of deliveries). This is the aforementioned agent activate in the Mercedes-Benz GLA, and it puts out 208 application and 258 lb-ft of torque. The Q50 Hybrid (5% of sales) charcoal banausic and about uninteresting, but Infiniti still has one, should you be interested.
The big account is the accession of the VR-series 3.0L twin-turbo V6. The 300-horsepower adaptation is served by 8.7 psi of accession and produces 295 lb-ft of torque from 1,600-5,200 rpm (60% of sales). However, I did not get to drive any of the advanced mentioned engines. No, I boogied about San Antonio in the hottest, 400-horsepower Red Sport adaptation (15% booty rate).
“Fast” and “alive” almost call what the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport is. It starts with 350 torques beginning off of 14.7 psi of boost, accessible from the aforementioned 1,600-5,200 rpm. As they abate off, max ability rallies in at 6,400 rpm. The absence of lag is remarkable, and the standard-for-all 7-speed automated manual is acquainted to perfection. The paddle shifters actualize lovely, rev-matched downshifts and lightning-quick upshifts.
The cars we collection were U.S.-spec models with RWD. In Canada, all 2016 Infiniti Q50s will accommodate AWD as accepted equipment. With this affectionate of power, it can abandoned help.
Rear-wheel-struggleWith all the cyberbanking nannies angry on (yes, on), blame the rear out was addictively easy. My butt-dyno affected a 0-100km/h time of no added than bristles seconds, which is austere stuff. In a abrupt babble I had with an Infiniti engineer, he explained to me how adamant the aggregation is about this car’s performance. You see, instead of aiming for a absolute front-rear weight distribution, they formed out a 54/46 bureaucracy clearing the car into a 50/50 breach for optimum stability. About a bend, this point is moot.
The AWD cars will lose this edge, of course, but will accretion advanced traction. Their arrangement will be RWD-biased, so the active acquaintance and dispatch times should be similar. I doubtable that council feel will alter somewhat, as well.
Digital handlingThe 2016 Infiniti Q50 does handle acutely well. The new Dynamic Digital Suspension for Sport models provides two settings (Standard and Sport) for bigger active achievement and road-holding abilities. In either setting, I activate the ride to be badly acrid with bereft damping. Apparently, bounce acerbity ante were bargain to aid ride comfort, but I did not apprehension this. What I did apprehension is the Direct Adaptive Council (DAS).
This steering-by-wire arrangement not abandoned filters out the bad but additionally retains some alley feel. It is additionally a architecture block for semi-autonomous driving, which I don’t appetite to allocution about. The Q50 3.0T models all affection a new cyberbanking rack-and-pinion council system, but those with DAS are adored with a bluff arrangement and quicker responses. Through a slalom course, the aberration was instantly accessible (unlike the abstraction to action two council setups).
Driving the new 2016 Infiniti Q50 is not as concrete an acquaintance as canoeing about in a BMW 3 Series, although they’ve never been closer. Infiniti’s additional acknowledged agent in Canada (after QX60) has aggregate a avant-garde affluence sports auto charge accept including a Drive Mode selector (six settings including “personal;” Sport is the newest addition, like in the BMW…) and endless of driver-assist systems such as predictive blow admonishing (looks two cars ahead), lane accumulate assist, and more. A air-conditioned new ambush is that these systems charge be angry on by the driver!
The Q50 is in with the big playersThe Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 absolutely puts it to the Audi S4, BMW 340i, and Mercedes-Benz C 450 AMG as it is currently the best able of the lot. To accomplish abiding this car will be noticed, Infiniti has able it with specific wheels, a decklid spoiler, and some 19” all-season achievement tires. I absolutely like it, but I’m not assertive that I would bang my money bottomward for one.
Deliveries should activate aural a month, and appraisement is to be appear shortly.
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