What’s New for 2022?
The Infiniti Q50 is now available in three trim levels: LUXE, SENSORY, and RED SPORT 400. The LUXE starts at $42,100 and notable standard equipment includes wireless Apple CarPlay but only Android Auto via a USB type C or type A connection, a 16-speaker Bose Performance Series sound system, and improved leather seats.
The new feature for the SENSORY trim, which starts at $47,800, in addition to what is included in the LUXE trim, is improved leather seats and trim. Either in saddle brown, graphite, or stone and will it cover most surfaces. It also has a more aggressive front bumper and 19-inch wheels that are shared with the RED SPORT 400 trim.
Speaking of which, the RED SPORT 400, starting at $55,950, has some exclusives as well; the satin quad exhaust tips and aniline leather seats in gallery white with red stitching or graphite with red stitching. However, the real reason to buy this trim is the engine.
Engine, transmission, and performance
The LUXE and SENSORY trims come with a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-6 that produces 300 horsepower at 6,400 RPM and 295 lb-ft of torque from 1,600-5,200 RPM, which is quite a wide range to make that torque. The RED SPORT 400 has the same engine as the other trims but with identical tuning as the new Nissan Z, which means that you’re looking at 400 horsepower at 6,400 RPM and 350 lb-ft of twist from 1,600-5,200 RPM.
Both of these V-6’s in the Q50 are mated to a 7-speed automatic, only the RED SPORT 400 has wheel-mounted paddle shifters. It’s also the only one with four-piston calipers in the front and two-piston calipers in the rear.
All trims can also be had with four-wheel drive and have independent suspension all around.
However, the Q50 has been rather middle of the road in previous years, as it has been too focused on being sporty as opposed to comfortable, and too focused on being soft to hold a candle to the equivalent BMW. So why doesn’t Nissan and its subsidiary Infiniti change this?
|Engine||3-liter twin-turbo V-6||3-liter twin-turbo V-6|
|Horsepower||300 hp @ 6,400 rpm||400 hp @ 6,400 rpm|
|Torque (lb-ft)||295 lb-ft @ |
|350 lb-ft @ |
|Transmission||7-speed automatic with sport mode and Downshift Rev Matching||7-speed automatic with sport mode and Downshift Rev Matching|
Nissan, this is how you fix Infiniti
It seems simple, the Q50 RED SPORT already as the engine from the new Nissan Z, Infiniti should offer the same manual gearbox, throw in a limited-slip differential, and stiffen the suspension a bit. That way, there would essentially be two versions of the new Z.
Nissan would sell more models, Infiniti would not be digging its own grave anymore, and the car nerds would get another version of the Z to drool over.
This is a win-win-win.
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