Review and Test Drive: 2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport

By Jonathan Spira on 16 August 2018
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The Infiniti Q50, which made its debut in 2013 as a replacement for the Infiniti G sedan, became much sportier two years ago with the introduction of the Q50 Red Sport.

The Q50 Red Sport is equipped with a powerful engine, quick-shifting transmission, sporty styling, performance brakes, model-specific Red Sport 400 19” alloy wheels, and model-specific red ‘S’ badging. Inside there’s contrast stitching, semi-analine leather seats, and what the automaker refers to as “Japanese-inspired Kacchu Aluminum” trim, which is quite snazzy.

INSIDE THE 2018 INFINITI Q50 RED SPORT

Once in the elegant cabin, with super supportive leather seats and rich materials everywhere the eye can see, a press of the start/stop button brings the powerful engine to life.

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Before takeoff, I mean driving off, I familiarized myself with the two displays inside the Q50 in the center stack: An 8” top display primarily for navigation and a 7” display primarily used for controlling various vehicle functions. While I’m not a touchscreen fan overall, the menus were logically arranged and the top screen can be controlled by the cockpit controller on the center console as well as buttons on the steering wheel.

I could bemoan the absence of Apple CarPlay but Infiniti should be updating its vehicles with this functionality given that Nissan has already started the process on select models.

The base Q50 was given a refresh for 2018 with the automaker’s updated double-arch grille and redesigned headlights and taillights and an updated instrument panel, among other changes. We’ve always liked the Q50 but the Red Sport edition is an entirely new and even more entertaining beast.

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