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Infiniti Q50: Nothing but a “G” thing

Infiniti’s bread and butter sport sedan goes by another name now, but it’s still the car we know and love. Fast, agile, and handsome, the Q50 will not disappoint those seeking four-door, luxury fun.

The Q50 sports angry headlights and an aggressive grille. It's a good look.
The Q50 sports angry headlights and an aggressive grille. It's a good look.
Fredric Tan
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Fredric Tan

The main power plant offered is the venerable 3.7-liter V6, making a potent 328 horses and 269 torque. Tree huggers can choose a 3.5-liter V6 hybrid that cranks out a stomping 360 horses! Routing all that force to the wheels is a 7-speed automatic with Adaptive Shift Control. Sadly, a manual tranny is no longer available. Almost all Q50s from Ramsey Infiniti are ordered in AWD guise. Being that the system normally sends 100% of the power to the rear wheels and transfers up to 50% to the front when needed, these cars are essentially rear drive. Infiniti calls it Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. Smart, indeed.

Let’s cut to the chase: the Q50 is a blast to drive. The surging acceleration and throaty engine symphony are sure to pin many grins on your face. Its well-tuned suspension enables you to take corners at speed, instilling confidence all the while. And its Direct Adaptive Steering, while not the most communicative set out there, throws the Q50 where you want it. Yes, it filters out unwanted vibration, but also eliminates some precious feedback.

Style-wise, the Q50 improves upon the last G37, and definitely leaves the original G35 in the dust. The angry headlights, tapered grille, sculpted hood and flanks, fancy taillight show…all are a feast for the eyes. The inside is equally appealing, with big touch screens and quality fit and finish throughout.

If you’re in the market for a sport sedan, the Infiniti Q50 is worth a drive. It may not be called the G anymore, but it puts the "G" in "Gangsta." Or "go fast." Or "g-force." Or...