2017 INFINITI Q50 Introduction

The INFINITI Q50 is a sports sedan with striking sheetmetal and road manners bordering on brilliant.

The 2017 INFINITI Q50 lineup spans 14 models. Powertrains include a turbocharged four-cylinder, a turbocharged V6 in two states of tune, and a hybrid gas-electric. All are available with all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive.

New for 2017 is the INFINITI Q50 Sport model with the four-cylinder engine. Also new for 2017 is a Design package for V6 models, and some minor upgrades to equipment. The Q50 was last redesigned for 2014.

The INFINITI Q50 competes in a class of heavy hitters, including the Cadillac ATS and Audi A4. It’s bigger than rivals like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but smaller than the BMW 5 Series or Jaguar XF.

The Q50 base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The available twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 makes 300 hp and 295 lb-ft, while another twin-turbo V6 is called the Red Sport 400 because it makes 400 horsepower, with 350 lb-ft of torque; it’s a delight that can shoot the Q50 from zero to sixty in 4.5 seconds. All engines use a 7-speed automatic transmission with a manual mode and available shifting paddles.

Fuel economy is highest for the Hybrid model, with an EPA-rated 28/34/30 mpg City/Highway/Combined. A Red Sport with all-wheel drive rates just 19/26/22 mpg.

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