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PostHeaderIcon Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000

Times like this, picking a sports car can get a little tricky, especially when money is no object. The range of options cuts across different segments and if you really want to make an impression, the cost of getting one could run up in the seven figures. But for those who don’t have the proverbial “unli-funds” at their disposal, buying a sports car becomes a little bit more difficult. For one, a large number of options are pulled off of the table because of their costs. Then there’s the prospect of availability.

But there is some good news. Just because money’s tight, doesn’t mean that the market becomes slim pickings. Far from it actually. Just lower those expectations, and you might find themselves having more than enough options to consider. And, since we’re in the business of helping others out, we’ve put up a list of some sweet performance rides that buyers can score for less than $50,000. I’m purposefully leaving out performance hatchbacks out of this list because they’re an entirely different category of their own. So we’re going with coupes and sedans, some of which can go as cheap as $20,000 while others can max out at or near the $50,000. The point is that they’re affordable and can put buyers one step closer to finally scoring that long-awaited performance car purchase.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Ford Mustang GT


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Price: $35,095

Still one of the best values in the market today, the Ford Mustang remains one of America’s most popular performance cars for good reason. The latest version of the iconic pony car can still get the job done on the performance end. It has 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque on tap courtesy of a 5.0-liter turbo V-8. It can hit 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and do 0 to 124 mph in 13 seconds at 112 miles per hour. And don’t mistake its 164-mph top speed for a slouch. The Mustang is all business, all the time. It’s also one of the most customized cars in the business today so buyers who want to get a little extra on the ’Stang GT can still do so without burning holes in their bank accounts. Best of all, the Mustang GT starts at just $35,095, though if that price is still too steep, there is an option to get the base ‘Stang version, which starts at $25,585.

Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Mustang GT.

Chevrolet Camaro SS


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Price: $37,995

Any mention of the Mustang must be followed by a mention of the Chevrolet Camaro. There’s no rule against it, but the two have become synonymous with each other that referring to one without the other is like talking about pizza without cheese and pepperoni. In any event, the Camaro SS checks all the same boxes that the Mustang GT does. It’s capable of producing 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers allow it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and 0 to 124 mph in 12.3 seconds at 116 mph. And if you’re comparing the Mustang GT with the Camaro SS, know that the latter can also hit a top speed of 165 mph. The Camaro SS is a little more expensive at $37,995, but again, if that’s too expensive, there is an option to get the base Camaro for just $26,900.

Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro.

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack


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Price: 41,090

I was tempted to put the Dodge Challenger in here to complete the muscle car troika, but I ultimately opted to go with the Challenger’s performance car sibling, the Dodge Charger. It’s not just the Charger too; it’s the Charger R/T Scat Pack, the gnarly variant that features a 485-horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine. Its power output is complemented by a 475 pound-feet worth of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in 16.1 seconds, and 0-to-a-quarter-mile in 12.6 seconds at 111 mph. Top speed has been rated at 160 mph, making it as potent as any “affordable” sports car in its segment. It’s priced at $41,090, which is a little pricier than the Mustang GT and the Camaro SS. There’s still no shame in getting the Charger R/T Scat Pack, though if the move is to only get a base version, the 292-horsepower base SE trim starts at just $27,995.

Read our full review on the 2017 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack.

Subaru WRX STI


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Price: $36,095

Let’s switch things up by featuring one of the best performance imports to come out of Japan: the Subaru WRX STI. It’s not the range-topping model – that would be the WRX STI Limited – but it’s arguably the best value for a customer’s money. Power comes from a 2.5-liter boxer four engine that pumps out 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. That allows the performance sedan to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 160 mph. It may not be the performance treat that it once was, but with extra features like limited-slip differential and torque vectoring, it’s still good enough to make for a memorable ride without buyers having to worry about explaining how much they spent for it.

Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru WRX STI.

Alfa Romeo Giulia


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Price: $37,995

Want something that’s new and different? Well, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is as good a choice as any. It may not have as much power and performance as the muscle cars on this list, but it still features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that produces 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. Those figures translate to a sprint-to-60-mph time of just 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph. The numbers back up what would be a solid purchase, especially when you see that the cars the Giulia directly competes against are much more expensive than the Alfa. Take the BMW 340i for example. It has the numbers edge on the Giulia –
320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque – but it’s also around $10,000 more expensive.

Read our full review on the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

BMW 340i


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Price: $47,900

Speaking of the BMW 340i, the performance sedan still falls under the $50,000 threshold so technically; it qualifies on this list. And why wouldn’t it? If you had the budget, this is the BMW to get. There are cheaper Bimmers available, but the value for money is best on this variant of the 3er. It carries a lot of the elements of the 3 Series and packages all of it with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that produces 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Those figures help carry the 340i to an acceleration time to 60 mph of just 4.8 seconds. Just as important, it’s quarter-mile time was clocked at 13.3 seconds at 106 mph, close to what the Mustang GT and Camaro SS are capable of. All of that for a car with a BMW badge at a price that barely reaches $50,000? Seems like a good deal to me.

Read our full review on the 2017 BMW 3 Series.

BMW M240i xDrive


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Price: $46,450

If you’re itching for a version of BMW’s M division, the best you can do at this price range is the M240i xDrive. Don’t be disappointed though because this coupe is very capable in a lot of different ways. It features the very best of BMW design, has advanced safety and performance techs, and is crowned by a 3.0-liter inline-six engine that produces 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers are a good way to get from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph. There is a way to get the price down to just $44,450 – a $2,000 savings – but that would mean opting out of Bimmer’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. That may be a good option for those who want a challenge out of their M240is, but I’d still suggest getting the xDrive unit just to make it worth the purchase of the sports coupe.

Read our full review on the 2017 BMW M240i xDrive.

Audi S3


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Price: $42,900

For the record, if there was one model that I’d suggest a buyer gets from this list, it’s the Audi S3. I’m particularly impressed by how the S3 looks. Credit to Audi in that regard because it has managed to make its design language look applicable across its entire range. It doesn’t matter if its the S3 or the S7, the genetics of Audi styling is present in all of them. On top of that, the S3 is also a capable performance sedan, thanks in large part to a 2.0-liter turbocharged TFSI four-cylinder engine that’s good for 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It’s a little short of what the BMW 340i can produce, but the S3 makes up for it with a sprint-to-60-mph time of 4.7 seconds, 0.1 seconds quicker than the 340i. Just as impressive is the fact that the S3 can also cover a quarter-mile distance in just 13.3 seconds, exactly the same as its BMW counterpart. Top speed is also rated at 155 mph, so the Audi sedan doesn’t suffer in that regard either. All that and you have a car that’ll only cost you $42,900.

Read our full review on the 2018 Audi S3.

Infiniti Q50 Red Sport


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Price: $48,700

If power is the be-all and end-all of your purchase preference, there’s no better sub-$50,000 purchase than the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport. There’s a lot to like about the Q50 Red Sport. For one, it’s a range-topping model, which means that it boasts of every available technology that Infiniti is using for the Q50 line. There’s also something to be said better-than-expected design. It’s not as sporty-looking as the Audi S3, but there is a nice balance to its sporty design that also hints at a premium look without one trait drowning out the other. Oh, and as far as performance sedan goes, the Q50 Red Sport’s 400-horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque output puts it in a league of its own as it offers the most power for a car of its size that costs under $50,000. All those ponies waiting to be unleashed can moveQ50 Red Sport spring from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds on its way to reaching a quarter-mile distance in 13 seconds at 109 mph.

Read our full review on the 2017 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport

Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ


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Prices: Toyota 86 ($26,255) / Subaru BRZ ($30,515)

I debated on whether I should put these two cars on this list because quite frankly, they’re still a disappointment to me. But I am compelled to talk about them regardless because they do return good value for the price. Both the 86 and the BRZ only produce 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque, but the catch is with these two is that they look like proper sports cars and they perform like one too. The 86, for example, can hit 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 147 mph while the BRZ can cover the same ground in 6.6 seconds before maxing out at a similar top speed. The best part about these two models though is that they’re cheap relative to the cars on this list. The 86, for example, sells for just $26,255 while the BRZ’s top-of-the-line 2.0 Yellow Series variant starts at just $30,515. As far as value for money, these two sports coupes are as good as anything you can get without having to pay a fortune for either one of them.

Read our full review on the 2017 Toyota 86 and the 2017 Subaru BRZ

PostHeaderIcon Pig-Designed Course Becomes The Testing Ground For The Infiniti Q50

Just when you thought you’d seen it all, leave it to the Japanese to open your eyes to a whole new world of possibilities, or at least in this case, “pig-ssibilities.” Poor attempt at humor aside, Nissan has come out with a new commercial for the Infiniti Q50 (not to be confused by its “Skyline” name in Japan) showcasing the sedan’s supposedly impressive Direct Adaptive Steering System. Not content with just bringing the Q50 to the thousands of test tracks scatter around our beautiful world, Nissan decided to create its own circuit, commissioning a pig to design it.

No, I’m not drunk. I really wrote that last sentence and Nissan actually did exactly that. To be fair, it didn’t just “hire” a normal pig to design the circuit; it actually tapped “Pigcasso,” the famous hog from South Africa who was saved from a slaughterhouse in May 2016 and developed a love for painting. I’m not making any of this up. Living up to his reputation, Pigcasso created what could very well be the single most difficult track design in the world, something that the Q50, with the help of racer Michael Krumm, would have to drive around. Nissan said that Krumm himself wasn’t privy to Pigcasso’s track design, which could explain the startled look on his face as he was trying to get his feel of the course. In the end, he managed to complete a lap of the track on the Q50, doing so while being told mid-lap about the identity of the swine who designed the whole thing. The video makes for a fascinating and admittedly entertaining watch, although having Pigcasso in it kind of pulled the attention away from Infiniti showcasing the Q50’s Direct Adaptive Steering System.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Infiniti Q50 MSRP Announced

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Not many of the offerings in the mid-range sedan segment are exciting enough, both to look at and to drive, for us to actually look forward to their launch. The 2018 Infiniti Q50, though, is one of the few exceptions owning to its refreshingly aggressive looks, the high level of standard equipment, and a range of excellent engines and drivetrain options.

All of this means you almost don’t mind that 2018 Infiniti Q50 starts at $34,200 and goes up to a whopping $52,600 for the top-of-the-line model. The 2018 Q50 is available in a total of 12 models — with four powertrain choices and rear-wheel and all-wheel drive available across all trim levels. Available engines include a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo with 300 or 400 horsepower, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged with 210 horsepower, and an advanced gasoline-electric hybrid rated at 360 horsepower. All 2018 Q50 models come equipped with a refined 7-speed automatic transmission and Drive Modes, but all-wheel-drive is optional.

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2018 Infiniti Q50 MSRP Details (excluding the $905 USD Destination and Handling fee):

Model Engine/Drive MSRP
Q50 2.0t PURE 2.0-liter I4 Turbo / RWD $34,200 USD
Q50 2.0t PURE AWD 2.0-liter I4 Turbo / AWD $36,200 USD
Q50 2.0t LUXE 2.0-liter I4 Turbo / RWD $36,550 USD
Q50 2.0t LUXE AWD 2.0-liter I4 Turbo / AWD $38,550 USD
Q50 3.0t LUXE 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 300 hp / RWD $38,950 USD
Q50 3.0t LUXE AWD 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 300 hp / AWD $40,950 USD
Q50 SPORT 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 300 hp / RWD $40,650 USD
Q50 SPORT AWD 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 300 hp / AWD $42,650 USD
Q50 RED SPORT 400 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 400 hp / RWD $51,000 USD
Q50 RED SPORT 400 AWD 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 400 hp / AWD $53,000 USD
Q50 Hybrid LUXE 3.5-liter V6 Hybrid / RWD $50,600 USD
Q50 Hybrid LUXE AWD 3.5-liter V6 Hybrid / AWD $52,600 USD

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti Q50 hit the market for the 2014 model year, and just two years later, Infiniti refreshed it for the 2016 model year. Well, instead of ushering in a new generation, Infiniti has decided to do another mild update for the 2018 model year, which includes a slightly different look outside, a revamped interior, and some new driver assistance features not previously available. Engine options include a 2.0-liter gasoline mill, a 2.2-liter turbodiesel, the 3.5-liter V-6, and a hybrid setup that combines a 3.5-liter V-6 and a 50-kW electric motor – giving the car a power output range of anywhere between 168 horsepower and 400 horsepower. The Q50 also makes use of Direct Adaptive Steering, a feature that Infiniti says is a “key building block to achieving fully-autonomous driving.” But, what is more important, is that each trim level will have its own stand-alone features and styling that will help it stand out in the lineup.

Roland Krueger, the President of Infiniti, said, “Infiniti seeks to empower our customers on their journey through their experience with us – whether it is our products, our technologies, our services, or simply a passion for driving. There is no better vehicle that incorporates all the elements of the Infiniti brand than the Q50 saloon.”

Now that the 2018 Infiniti Q5 has made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, we have lots to talk about, so let’s dive on in and take a closer look at it and how it compares to the competition.

Update 7/21/2017: Infiniti has announced pricing for the 2018 Infiniti Q50. It starts out at $34,200, a $150 increase over last year’s model, and increases to as much as $53,000 for the Red Sport 400 – an increase of $2,300 over last year’s model. Check out the prices section below for all of the details.

PostHeaderIcon What’s The Best Sporty Luxury Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

At its most basic, a sport sedan should be a happy balance between two competing philosophies. The “sport” half of the equation should make it engaging, both in the way it drives, and the way it looks. A sport sedan should issue a dose of adrenaline when the hammer is down, and be a willing dance partner in the corners. It’s also gotta draw attention, turning heads as it goes, making its owner pause momentarily after exiting and locking the doors. Then there’s the “sedan” bit. A sport sedan isn’t supposed to be stripped down and basic – practicality and comfort are paramount. Often used as a daily driver, backside coddling should be there in abundance, complementing the car’s speed potential, rather than taking away from it. All told, it’s a big ask, but this segment has plenty of contenders vying for the title of best. In this comparison, we look at six of the top entries and sort them out, from first to last.

Listed in alphabetical order, this comparison will take a look at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. We’ve evaluated each in terms of exterior aesthetics, interior comfort and technology, powertrain and drivetrain specs, and chassis and handling. We’ve also included a glut of info in chart and graph form to help you make a quick comparison. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the best sporty luxury sedan you can get for less than $50,000.

Continue reading for the full comparison.


PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti Q50 hit the market for the 2014 model year, and just two years later, Infiniti refreshed it for the 2016 model year. Well, instead of ushering in a new generation, Infiniti has decided to do another mild update for the 2018 model year, which includes a slightly different look outside, a revamped interior, and some new driver assistance features not previously available. Engine options include a 2.0-liter gasoline mill, a 2.2-liter turbodiesel, the 3.5-liter V-6, and a hybrid setup that combines a 3.5-liter V-6 and a 50-kW electric motor – giving the car a power output range of anywhere between 168 horsepower and 400 horsepower. The Q50 also makes use of Direct Adaptive Steering, a feature that Infiniti says is a “key building block to achieving fully-autonomous driving.” But, what is more important, is that each trim level will have its own stand-alone features and styling that will help it stand out in the lineup.

Roland Krueger, the President of Infiniti, said, “Infiniti seeks to empower our customers on their journey through their experience with us – whether it is our products, our technologies, our services, or simply a passion for driving. There is no better vehicle that incorporates all the elements of the Infiniti brand than the Q50 saloon.”

Now that the 2018 Infiniti Q5 has made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, we have lots to talk about, so let’s dive on in and take a closer look at it and how it compares to the competition.


PostHeaderIcon 2017 Infiniti Q50 and QX80 Signature Edition Debut in Chicago

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Following the success of the QX80 Signature Edition Infiniti is bringing back the model for a second year in the market, and not only that, they are also giving the treatment to the Q50. Launched at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the new pair sit at the top of Infiniti’s lineup as most high-end models.

As for what makes the Infiniti Q50 and QX80 Signature Edition worthy of such lofty positions, well it’s all about equipment and unique design features. The highlights of the Q50 3.0t Signature Edition, if we may begin with this, include a power-sliding tinted glass moonroof, INFINITI InTouch Navigation with 3D building graphics, INFINITI InTouch Services including six months of safety, security and convenience services, SiriusXM Traffic, Voice Recognition for navigation functions, Navi Synchronized Adaptive Shift Control, 60/40 split-fold rear seat, and 17-inch bright finish aluminum-alloy wheels with all-seasonl run-flat tires.

Add to that a twin-turbo 300 hp V6 engine and available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and you end up with a car for every occasion that costs $38,700 for the rear-wheel drive model and $40,700 for the AWD.

But if you want the more established QX80 Signature Edition you will get with the 2017 modelyear Saddle Tan interior, chrome outside rearview mirror caps, clear High Mounted Stop Light and dark-finish 22-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels with 275/50R22 all-season performance tires, plus tech features such as Backup Collision Intervention (BCI), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist (DCA), Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Blind Spot Intervention (BSI), Land Departure Warning (LPW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP).

Powered by a 400 hp 5.0 liter V8, the QX80 also comes with a choice of 2WD or 4WD. Pricing will be announced closer to launch in May.

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q50 3.0t Signature Edition

One of Infiniti’s newest nameplates, the Q50 was launched for the 2014 model year and it has already received a facelift for 2016. Changes included minor nips and tucks, a new adaptive steering, and a Red Sport 400 trim with more power and aggressive looks. Alongside the in-house made 3.0-liter V-6 and hybrid drivetrains, the Q50 also uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas unit and a 2.1-liter diesel engine, both borrowed from Mercedes-Benz. At the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, Infiniti introduced the Signature Edition, a limited-edition model based on the 3.0t trim.

The second model to get the Signature Edition package after the QX80 SUV, this new Q50 adds a few extra standard features, while its pricing was set below that of the model it is based on.

“Building on the Q50’s, award-winning performance and engineering excellence, we saw an opportunity to combine our sport sedan’s most popular features with even more distinguished style,” said Randy Parker, vice president of Infiniti Americas. “We are continuously looking for ways to empower the drive for our customers, and we did just that with the addition of the Q50 3.0t Signature Edition to the 2017 Q50 lineup.”

The Q50 3.0t Signature Edition went on sale in February 2017, joining a comprehensive lineup that includes four trims in various configurations.

Continue reading to learn more about the Infiniti Q50 3.0t Signature Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Cosmetic, Technology Upgrades Highlight 2017 Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti QX Sport Concept may be the highlight of Infiniti’s participation at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and the introduction of the company’s new VC-Turbo variable compression engine may have the most long-term importance. But sitting in the corner of the automaker’s booth is the 2017 Infiniti Q50, arguably the most important car in the company’s entire lineup. See, the Q50 belongs in the premium compact sedan segment where it competes against some industry titans, including the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class. For the Q50 to make an impression, it has to stand out against those models and for the 2017 model, Infiniti is banking on some exterior and interior upgrades, as well as some new tech offerings to get the job done.

It’s a tall task to ask for the Q50 to line up against the 3 Series and the C-Class, but expect it to hold on its own. For the most part, the Q50 has done just that with impressive sales totals, enough at least to become the best-selling Infiniti in North America in 2015. To keep that momentum going, the Japanese automaker has rolled out a fresh batch of new exterior colors, ranging from Midnight Black, Pure White, and Dynamic Sunstone Red. The sedan’s interior also benefitted from a new Designer Pack that comes with new colors – Graphite or Java Brown – for the quilted semi-aniline leather upholstery, a new open-pore dark wood veneer, dark chrome trim, and black roof lining.

On the tech side, Euro-spec models of the Q50 will be able to get the company’s new Telematic Control Unit system, allowing owners the opportunity to remotely control various functions of the car through the convenience of their own smartphones. It’s not a revolutionary tech by any stretch, but it’s a first for Infiniti. That counts in the grand scheme of things, right?

Outside of these upgrades, the Q50 still has the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that puts out 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque or 400 horses and 350 pound-feet of torque depending on the trim level.

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PostHeaderIcon Ignition Takes A Look At The Inifiniti Q50 Red Sport 400: Video

The Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 is not the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge. It’s a pity because the Eau Rouge was supposed to be the alter-ego of the Nissan GT-R, or at least that was the plan until Infiniti surprisingly shelved the car. So instead of the Q50 Eau Rouge, Nissan’s luxury brand decided to bestow the range-topping trim mantle to the Q50 Red Sport 400. It’s not that the Red Sport 400 is a bad car because it’s far from one. It’s got a nice look. It’s got 400 horsepower on tap. It’s also available in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. But is it really the kind of car that will make fans of the brand forget that, at one point in time, Infiniti was this close to having its own version of Godzilla?

Ignition’s Jason Cammisa sought to answer that question when he took a close look at the Q50 Red Sport 400. He lays out the foundation for the car, including spiels on its power (400 horses and 350 pound-feet of torque) and features (a new version of Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering system). According to Camissa, the Red Sport 400’s steer-by-wire system not only makes it the the first car to have this kind of steering, but it was also put in place as a “building block towards autonomous driving.”

There’s a lot to digest with Camissa’s review, and while he sometimes relies too much on his zany attempts at humor, he still does a good job touting the pros and cons of the car, right to the point wherein you start wondering if Infiniti should have just green-lit the Q50 Eau Rouge.

For what it’s worth, the Red Sport 400 is a nice car. But there’s just a voice in the back of my head that will forever wonder if Infiniti would’ve been better off using the Eau Rouge as its top-of-the-line model. Something to think about, right?


PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

The Infiniti Q50 has only been around since 2013, but for the 2016 model year, Infiniti decided to give its compact luxury sedan a little makeover. The makeover didn’t yield any impressive results outside really, but it did bring an updated infotainment system, revised suspension, and some provocative changes in the drivetrain department. The best part about the 2016 update, however, is the new range-topping trim – the Q50 Red Sport 400.

As you probably guessed, the “400” stands for 400 horsepower, which is, well, amazing. It’s not as bad ass as the 560-horsepower Q50 Eau Rouge concept, but it’s still pretty damn good. In addition to having 400 horsepower, the Q50 Red Sport 400 is available in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, because who want’s 400 ponies going to just the front wheels? That much power deserves at least rear-wheel treatment. Randy Parker, the Vice President of Infiniti Americas, said, “The Q50 Red Sport 400 carves out a unique space in the sports sedan segment – with no other rival offering this much horsepower priced under $50,000.”

The Q50 Red Sport 400 boasts more than just power, though. It also has a number of enhancements only available to this upper-trim line. If you’re planning on comping a Q50 for yourself, this is the one you want to get. So, with that said, let’s take a good look at the Q50 Red Sport 400 and what makes it stand out in the Q50 line.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400.


PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti Q50 is a relatively fresh face in the world of compact luxury sedans, evolving from the G-Series model line as recently as 2013. But while the nameplate might be new, it still brings that time-tested combination of snappy good looks, high-tech features, and healthy performance potential – exactly what you’d expect from a prime segment contender. Consequently, the Q50 is currently Infiniti’s best-selling model in North America, with sales numbers growing impressively over the past year. To keep that momentum rolling into 2016, the Q50 receives a slew of enhancements under the skin, including updated infotainment, revised suspension technology, and a few very impressive new engine options. 

The biggest attention-grabber is undoubtedly the 400-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 that takes top honors on the trim level totem pole. While far removed from the 560-horsepower, GT-R-derived, M3-eating Q50 Eau Rouge concept we were all hoping for, rest assured the new range-topping Q50 is still no slouch.

Does Infiniti have what it takes to bring the fight to the Germans? Read on to find out.

Updated 05/17/2016: Infiniti continued offering us prices for the new Q50, and this time it went with the 3.0t models. Full details on the “Prices” section below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Infiniti Q50.


PostHeaderIcon Nissan Drops Production Versions of IDx and Q50 Eau Rouge

Infiniti has confirmed that the Q50 Eau Rouge is a no go.

It’s been a year since Infiniti showcased the F1-inspired 2014 Q50 Eau Rouge at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, with strong hints that the Nissan GT-R-powered sedan would morph into a production car sooner than later. The brainchild of Johan de Nysschen, the Eau Rouge was at one point described as a limited-edition car — with only a few hundred built a year — that could cost around $100,000. As de Nysschen left Infiniti last summer to become the head of Cadillac, we feared the Q50 Eau Rouge project would be shelved, and a recent report confirms the high-performance sedan won’t see the light of day as a production car.

According to Auto News, no fewer than three concept cars that only last year were hinted at as future production offerings have been dropped as the honchos at Nissan and Infiniti have decided both brands should focus on volume products for the time being. Unfortunately, the Q50 Eau Rouge is among the projects that got the axe, since the high-performance sedan wouldn’t fit in Nissan’s strategy for more global market share. It’s a rather sad report for enthusiasts who were hoping to see the GT-R’s high-output, V-6 engine propel a beefed-up version of the Q50 family sedan.

On the other hand, with de Nysschen already pulling the strings at Cadillac, it’s not exactly shocking that Infiniti put the Eau Rouge on ice.

Unfortunately, there’s more bad news coming from Nissan, as it appears the Japanese automaker is dropping the BladeGlider and IDx concepts from the production drawing board as well. Unveiled in 2013, the former is essentially a shrunken version of Nissan’s DeltaWing race car developed specifically for road use. Unique by appearance, the BladeGlider features a narrow front track, a carbon-fiber body, a center-mounted driver’s seat, and electric power. In 2014, Andy Palmer, then global product planning chief at Nissan, said the BladeGlider would be manufactured for U.S. consumption in the near future. Because Palmer has left to become CEO of Aston Martin, it appears that the BladeGlider was abandoned.

The IDx is the third concept car to get the curtains. Also backed by Palmer, the IDx was penned as a rear-wheel-drive sports car that recalled the Datsun 510, particularly known for winning the under-2.5-liter class of the Trans Am Series in 1971 and 1972. In late 2013, Palmer said the IDx would arrive in Nissan showrooms as part of a new sports car strategy that includes 370Z and the bonkers GT-R. Needless to say, it’s pretty clear that Palmer’s move to Aston Martin helped bury the IDx in Nissan’s “cool concept cars we will never produce” drawer. This one’s particularly upsetting if you ask me, as the Datsun 510 is among my all-time favorite Japanese classics.

Click past the jump to read more about Nissan IDx and Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge.

Nissan Drops Production Versions of IDx and Q50 Eau Rouge originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 12:00 EST.

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