After being introduced two years ago as a technologically advanced compact luxury sports sedan, the Infiniti Q50 receives a big boost, literally, for 2016 with a new 400-horsepower 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine.
Dubbed the Red Sport 400, this model houses the redesigned “VR-Series” powerplant, the successor to the outgoing VQ-Series that can be found powering several previous Infiniti vehicles. The VR is made up from approximately 85 per cent completely different parts and is built using lightweight aluminum.
For customers interested in a slightly tamer alternative, a turbo four-cylinder option — the automaker’s first — is also being released in conjunction making 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Another mid-cycle upgrade is a next-generation version of Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS). Steering feedback has been retuned to provide better response to driver inputs, actively adjusting ratio and effort according to how fast the vehicle is traveling and over what type of terrain.
Users are able to select from preset steering modes that have now increased to six: Personal, Standard, Snow, Eco, Sport and Sport+, to tailor their experience to unique environments whether it’s inclement weather or the racetrack.
Speaking of the track, that’s where the new Dynamic Digital Suspension will really shine. The system monitors factors like body roll and bumpiness, constantly adjusting damping force on the fly to maintain as flat and comfortable ride as possible. The effect is amplified when the DAS is set to Sport or Sport+ causing the suspension to stiffen up for sportier performance.
The Q50’s handsome styling remains unchanged, featuring the signature three-dimensional double arch grille, sloping roofline, double arch trunk line and full LED lighting. Separating the Red Sport 400 variants include a more aggressive front fascia, red “S” emblem and unique twin exhaust tips.
The 2016 Q50 Red Sport 400 starts at $54,600.