The Infiniti Q70 (formerly the M-series) offers a top-of-the-line mid-size luxury sedan drive experience that is heavy on the sport with plenty of luxury to boot.
The new 2014 Infiniti Q70 has few changes from 2013. Changes mostly impact performance and include revised spring damper rates for the rear-wheel drive (RWD) Sport Packages on the 5.6L V8 and the 3.7L V6 and adding an engine oil cooler to the 3.7 Sport Package Q70.
The 2014 Infiniti Q70 is offered in two gasoline versions, the Q70 3.7 and Q70 5.6 along with a hybrid version - the Q70Hybrid. A comprehensive Sport Package is offered on both that include upgraded wheels, distinctive and unique exterior trim elements, sport tuned suspension and braking, and sport type front seating with complimenting trims on the inside.
Given our propensity to favor a luxury sport sedan that is heavy on the sport, it was as if Infiniti had read our mind when they very recently provided us a 2014 Q70 5.6 RWD Sport for a full week ride and drive test. The Q70 5.6 had a MSRP of $62,000 and was loaded with standard performance, luxury and technology features.
Since we mentioned that the Q70 as heavy on the sport we should talk first about the power train. The Q70 5.6 is powered by a 5.6L Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) aluminum-alloy V8 that is rated at 420 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque. The powerful V8 is mated to Infiniti’s refined 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and manual shift mode with Downshift Rev Matching, which allows for sportier shifts during performance focused driving.
The power train is further enhanced by the Infiniti Drive Mode Selector, which allows drivers to choose from four driving modes using a dial switch located on the center console. The modes, Standard, Eco, Sport or Snow, adjusts throttle sensitivity and transmission mapping that optimizes performance. Our choice? Sport, of course.
Standard exterior features included on our test Q70 included a power sliding tinted glass moonroof with one-touch open/close, tilt feature and sliding sunshade, automatic on/off High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional Xenon headlights with windshield wiper interlock, dual exhaust with polished tips, power-folding heated outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature, rain-sensing variable intermittent front windshield wipers and courtesy lamps built into the outside door handles.
On the inside the Q70 is as beautiful as it is powerful including things like an instrument panel that features Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges, gear-like rings on the instrument cluster meters, a 7.0-inch color vehicle information display and Infiniti analog clock plus Leather-appointed, heated 10-way power driver and front passenger’s seats including 2-way power lumbar support. The Intelligent Key system features memory for the seating settings plus last used climate control, audio and navigation settings.
Our test Q70 was fitted up with the very robust Infiniti Technology Package ($3,050) that contained Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Intelligent Cruise Control, Distance (following) Control Assist, Forward Collision Warning with Intelligent Brake Assist, Adaptive Front Lighting, Active Trace Control (adjusts engine power to wheels independently for cornering and road control) and Eco Pedal which gives feedback to driver on driving habits in support of economy.
The real kicker package that makes this Q70 fly for us is adding the Sport Package for $5,650. For style and performance it adds 20-inch Split 5-Spoke Aluminum Alloy Wheels with Summer Performance Tires, a Sport Front Fascia, Headlight and Grille, Sport-tuned Suspension, Sport Brakes with 4-piston front calipers and 2-piston rear calipers. On the inside it kicks up the sporty luxury with Front Sport Seating, Steering Wheel and Shifter, Solid Magnesium Paddle Shifters, Aluminum Pedal Accents, Power Rear Sunshade, a Forest Air System for odor control and an awesome Bose Studio Surround Sound with digital 5.1 channel decoding, 16 speakers and Bose Centerpoint processing.
Adding a Rear Decklid Spoiler ($455) and some Trunk accessories ($200) plus delivery of $905, this 2014 Infiniti Q70 5.6 configured with Sport Package prices at $72,260.
If you, like us, are wanting the sportiest (means quickest and most powerful) of the Q70 models, you want the 5.6L V8 RWD with the Sport Package and - except for all-wheel drive (AWD) - this is the hottest loaded version you can get.
But, if you want all of the Q-series luxury and ride – but without the high horsepower, you can opt for the 2014 Infiniti Q70 3.7 (also a RWD) – which is lower priced at a MSRP of $49,600.
Recently, from the same family of Q vehicles, Infiniti entered a 2014 Q50S 3.7 (new entry level luxury sports sedan similar to the G37) in the Performance Sedan category of the Texas Auto Writers Association 2014 Roundup at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth on April 29th where we had a chance to take several test drives of the entry level version of the Q-series with the V6 power train. Having just recently driven the Q70, we were able to compare them pretty easily.
This Q50 3.7 came very well equipped also with the 3.7L V6 kicking out 320 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque integrated with the 7-speed automatic transmission delivering a very respectable road performance through its standard 19-inch wheels. It was similarly equipped (including the Infiniti Drive Mode Selector) as the Q70 - coming with the Technology Package that includes all of the safety and related features ($3,200), Deluxe Touring Package (that includes – among other items - Adaptive Steering and the Infiniti Around View Monitor camera system and Maple trims ($3,100), Navigation Package ($1,400), Appearance Package with rear spoiler and black grille ($860). Other packages included Illuminated Kick Plates, Welcome Lighting and Interior Ambient Lighting for a total of $860.
Including delivery, the 2014 Infiniti Q50S 3.7 priced at $53,530.
At the end of the day, the difference between the Q70 and the Q50 (beside model positioning) is mostly in the power plant offering a choice of all that Q-series luxury and convenience in a bit bigger premium ride that fairly rockets down the road for $72,260 delivered (Q70) or most of the same that does not quite rocket down the road (it comes close) for $53,530 delivered (Q50). The choice is yours – either way you should be pleased.