Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 Has A Great Engine But Can’t Hide Its Age

Doug DeMuro recently had the opportunity to review an Infiniti Q50 400 Red Sport, and while the car still looks pretty good, it’s hard to recommend over its rivals.

Nissan’s luxury brand introduced the range-topping Q50 Red Sport 400 version in late 2015 with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that features a bespoke turbine speed sensor and overhauled turbine blade design for the turbochargers. It delivers an impressive 400 HP when spinning at 6,400 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque between 1,600 and 5,200 rpm.

Also Read: Infiniti Q50 Drops The Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine, Goes V6-Only For 2020

That’s a lot of power for a sedan of this size and makes for a car that’s quite accelerative. However, no one buys a sedan solely for performance. After all, you’d be better off buying a two-door coupe if you want just that. Vehicles like these also need to be comfortable, practical and loaded with technologies that make them easy to drive – and this is where the Q50 Red Sport 400 loses points.

For starters, the infotainment screen is absolutely horrible as it is laggy and, according to DeMuro, feels like it is 10 years old. There is also a second screen directly below that, where other car functions can be controlled from, which is insanely slow to respond to touches and absolutely infuriating to use.

In the end, buying an Infiniti Q50 in 2019 is difficult to justify, especially since much more well-rounded alternatives have hit the market since its launch, such as the Kia Stinger and Genesis G70.

 

  • Nastinupe1911

    It’s difficult to believe that I would pick a Hyundai over an Infiniti, but I guess it’s easier to say that I’m picking a Genesis over a Nissan. There, that’s better lol.

  • DM

    A friend of mine who does not know much about cars bought this Red Sport model a month ago, and I can say that the interior is just so underwhelming. Sure you have some quilted leather but the center screen is a joke, as is the secondary screen.

  • john1168

    Funny thing is, I think the infotainment screen IS 10 years old…

  • Mike Williams

    The Car is fun to drive and fast and people are concerned about Screens and Apps. I buy cars to drive, you all want an extension of your phones. Pathetic.

    • thejohnnycanuck

      Thank you Mike. Did you notice that three quarters of Doug’s review was on the screens and maybe 4 minutes was about the drive.

      As far as I’m concerned the only thing really wrong with the Q50 is that you can’t get it with a stick.

      • Mike Williams

        Of course, then the comments under his video are even sadder. People with the usual it’s just an Altima or It’s a Nissan blah blah blah. These same morons never say an Audi is just a Volkswagen. There’s some extreme bias towards German cars that cost 15-20K more for less performance. There is nothing dated looking about the exterior. You want Dated Audi’s have looked the same for 20 years! But that’s the “Classic” unchanged look they are going for right? FYI I had an 2015 Audi S4. I enjoyed the car but I get tired of ignorance and biased.

      • Honda NSX-R

        There’s an aftermarket company (I think Concept Z Performance) that’s running around with a manual converted Q60 Red Sport

      • Bige Lee

        It’s got pretty good power for the money and it’s old. What else there to talk about on driving?

    • Rahul Mandala

      Totally agree with the comment, but at the same time, the screens in this car and pretty much every other Infiniti/Nissan are outdated in terms of layout, infotainment, etc. The material usage is ok for what it’s worth, but can also upgrade. Seriously, all of Nissan/Infiniti needs a more serious CEO for the rebirth of both the brands. An even more sharper design language with a killer interior as well as a sick, responsive infotainment will print money. On top of that, put a competing price tag, and Infiniti shall be back on the map for Luxury buyers.

  • Stephen G

    All “Infotainment” screens are terrible not not as good as the “Infotainment” gauges and sound systems they replaced.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    It might be dated, but it is one hell of a value. The Q50 and the G70 are easily the best values on the market.

    • Merc1

      The Q50 yet, but the Q70 not at all. It’s just an old cheap car that does nothing better than the competition.

      M

      • Honda NSX-R

        He said G70 as in the Genesis G70 not the Infiniti Q70

    • Honda NSX-R

      Like he said, dealers will give you a good value

  • Honda NSX-R

    I have a Q50 Red Sport 400, and I agree with most of what he said. That said, I still love my car

  • Honda NSX-R

    At least Apple Car Play and Android Auto are coming out for the 2020 MY, but they’re a little late to the party lol

  • BlackPegasus

    How many buttons and materials are used in current Nissan products?

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    • Honda NSX-R

      Wrong article buddy

  • brn

    Reminds me a lot of a 2012 Taurus SHO.

  • An Existing Person

    The Q50 is a great value proposition when you break it down. It retains a beefy 6-Cylinder while most every competitor has a measly 4-Cylinder at the same price points, is loaded with technology, on par interior quality, and is one of the largest in terms of dimensions. Styling may be subjective but I think it’s one of the best designs in the segment and has aged well. It has its flaws just like every car, such as the not so pure steering feel and the semi-dated but fuctional infortainment design, but it shouldn’t be discredited. I got a tremendous deal on a 2018 RS400 and for what I use it for it’s a perfect daily driver. It’s comfortable and refined when you want it to be, has the creature comforts and technology you need, and goes like hell when you’re on it. You’d be surprised at how drastic the performance characteristics change when you swap out the runflats for some proper tires. I’ve done bolt on modifications and a tune to the engine, as well as upgraded the suspension and I can honestly say it has become a sleeper both on the road and on a racetrack.

    • Bige Lee

      I don’t know about some people but I wouldn’t plummet that much money on something 10+ years old.

      • An Existing Person

        Nice joke, heard that one 10 years ago too. Lucky for you, there’s no need to plummet that kind of money down because it’s hard to spend money you don’t have in the first place.

        • Bige Lee

          Eh… I make 6 figure and single so… not hard.

    • Honda NSX-R

      Can confirm that the run flat tires are garbage, don’t mind the other weird quirks

  • PugzKutter

    I own an Infiniti Q70 and it is hands down one of the finest automobiles I have ever owned

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