A good-looking compact executive sedan like the Q50 didn’t require much tinkering for the 2016MY and that’s why Infiniti concentrated its expertise on what really matters in a sports-oriented machine.
Probably driven by a little remorse after canceling the Eau Rouge project, the Japanese car manufacturer is now offering a brand new, twin-turbo V6 in the Q50, capable of churning 400 hp and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) of torque (between 1600 and 5200 rpm) form its 3.0-litre displacement. As a huge power output wasn’t clearly enough, Infiniti claims that this powerplant has the best power-to-efficiency ratio in its class, even though there aren’t any official figures out in the open.
Anyway, if shredding tires isn’t your thing, the Q50 can also be commissioned with a de-tuned variant of the engine, chugging “a measly” 300 horses from the same displacement, but still capable of offering an ideal mix of drivability, efficiency and performance.
Moreover, if you’re looking out for the planet, but still want to have more than 300 horses under your right foot, the Q50 also comes with a 360 hp hybrid powertrain, which combines a 3.5-liter V6 and a compact laminated lithium-ion battery with an innovative one-motor, two-clutch control.
Of course, elsewhere in the range, the vehicle is available with a new 208 hp and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque 2.0-lite turbocharged four-cylinder, while Europe also gets even an entry-level 168 hp and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) 2.2-litre diesel, but its more fun talking about hefty power-figures and whatnot.