In addition to ProPILOT driver support technologies such as Direct Adaptive Steering, innovative engine, chassis and drivetrain technologies enable the Q50 sports sedan to deliver an empowering and rewarding drive.
The Q50 can be equipped with the award-winning 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine from the new ‘VR’ powertrain family. The new engine offers increased power and torque while maintaining high levels of efficiency, and has been named one of Ward’s ‘10 Best Engines’ for 2017 – one of the highest global accolades in engine technology development.
For the Red Sport 400 model grade, the high-output version of the power unit delivers 400 hp (298 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 475 Nm (350 lb-ft) maximum torque at 1,600-5,200 rpm. The 300 hp (224 kW) version delivers peak power at 6,400 rpm, producing 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) torque across a wide 1,600-5,200 rpm range.
Additional Q50 powertrain options include two four-cylinder engines – a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline unit, and a 2.2-liter direct-injection turbodiesel. The 2.0-liter gasoline engines produces 208 hp at 5,500 rpm, with 350 Nm peak torque from 1,250 rpm. The 2.2-liter turbo-diesel engine produces 168 hp at 3,200 rpm, with peak torque of 400 Nm from 1,600 rpm.
The final powertrain option, powering the Hybrid Blue Sport model grade, is INFINITI’s Direct Response Hybrid® system, featuring a 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V6 and a compact laminated lithium-ion battery. The system’s V6 is rated at 302 hp and 350 Nm of torque, while the advanced 50 kW electric motor is rated at 67 hp and 290 Nm of torque. The hybrid system’s combined power output of 360 hp provides strong acceleration and lean fuel economy.
As standard, Q50 models equipped with the 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine feature INFINITI’s Rack Electronic Power Steering, for a linear and in-control driving experience that can also be tuned through the Drive Mode Selector. 2.0-liter Q50 models are equipped with a vehicle speed-sensitive hydraulic electronic rack-and-pinion power steering system as standard.
In 2016, the Q50 was the first INFINITI model to feature Dynamic Digital Suspension, combining enhanced ride comfort with direct handling responses and agility. Dynamic Digital Suspension is aided by new electronic and adaptive dampers, and – as with Direct Adaptive Steering – drivers can customize the settings through the Drive Mode Select. As standard, the Q50 features independent multi-link suspension, now providing an improved balance between confident handling and a comfortable ride. The new Q50 benefits from revised front and rear stabilizer bars, improving the ability of the chassis to resist lateral suspension movement, resulting in a flatter ride and greater agility during cornering.
The Q50 can be configured with one of two drivetrain options – rear-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.