Review and Test Drive: 2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport

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DRIVING THE 2018 INFINITI Q50 RED SPORT

The Red Sport variant gives the Q50 legit street cred as a sports sedan. Its powerplant is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that developers 400 horsepower directed to the rear wheels along with 350 pound-feet of torque, available from 1,600 rpm. There’s a Sport Plus setting on the adaptive suspension that is mandatory for tight turns.

The Direct Adaptive Steer system, an electronic steer-by-wire setup, eliminates the mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the front wheels and provides incredibly good responsiveness. It also eliminates much of the direct feedback one would expect, taking away a little from what could have been an even better driving experience, by providing what really amounts to a computer’s estimate of the feedback.

The independent suspension, which consists of a double-wishbone design in the front and a multi-link design with coil springs in the rear, provides a comfortable but firm ride appropriate for a sports sedan. Overall, we found handling quite balanced and noticed minimal body roll.

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Infiniti has bestowed several robust driver-assistance technologies onto the Q50 Red Sport including Active Lane Control, which assists errant drivers in staying in their lane, and these all worked well, as did the radar cruise control.

In our week with the Q50 Red Sport, we saw an average fuel consumption of 21 mpg (11.2 l/100 km) in a combination of urban and highway driving in the New York metro area, neatly beating the EPA combined estimate of 20 mpg (11.8 l/100 km).

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