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2017 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400 AWD Test Drive Review

For many, a car is a tool to get from one place to another, but there’s a subset of people who view driving as an experience; sometimes, it’s an emotional journey. INFINITI understands this relationship between human and driving machine, and they’ve created the 2017 Q50 sport sedan to satisfy the yearning hearts of performance and luxury enthusiasts.

With a wide range of engine, hybrid, and drivetrain options, the Q50 can satisfy the needs of even the most discerning consumer.

Join us as we take a closer look at the most powerful model in the Q50 lineup, the Red Sport 400 AWD.

 

2017 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400 AWD Exterior

Soft curves, dramatic character lines, and an aggressive stance come together to give the Q50 Red Sport 400 an overall look that is both elegant and sporty. Its proportions communicate a stylish design that’s pleasing to the eye in addition to being highly functional with its zero-lift aerodynamics concept.

As the most performance-oriented trim, the Red Sport 400 features a unique front fascia with blacked-out detailing and a more pronounced lower lip. The resulting effect is a more aggressive look with added aero benefits.

Our test model came in Hagane Blue, one of 10 possible paint colors, and its light hue complemented the chrome accents found on the front grille, window surround, and rear trunk.

Model-exclusive 19-inch aluminum-alloy sport wheels, chrome exhaust tips, and red ‘S’ badging further hinted at the car’s performance capabilities.

Other notable exterior features include automatic LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, a power sliding/tinted glass moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, and auto-dimming side mirrors.

 

2017 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400 AWD Interior

On the inside, the Q50 surrounds its occupants with premium materials and a luxurious atmosphere filled with advanced amenities.

The car can identify different drivers thanks to profiles stored in each Intelligent Key, and automatically applies climate, audio, and driving preferences as part of INFINITI Intuition.

Once you’re seated in the 8-way adjustable, leather-appointed sport seat, your eyes will be drawn to the centerpiece of the interior, the INFINITI InTouch Dual Display System. An 8-inch upper and 7-inch lower touchscreen serve as your portal to navigation, entertainment, connectivity apps, and vehicle settings. The optional Premium Plus Package enhances the InTouch system with voice recognition, SiriusXM traffic data, and INFINITI InTouch Services, which includes a suite of digital alerts and remote services.

The driver receives additional amenities with power lumbar support and side bolsters, in addition to a heated steering wheel, auto-dimming inside and outside mirrors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

A 16-speaker Bose surround sound system places you at the center of your entertainment with crisp audio and deep, rich bass coming from three 10-inch subwoofers. You can pair your phone and music devices via Bluetooth or the two available USB connections for an expanded library of music options.

With so much comfort, luxury, and connectivity, we found ourselves taking the longer route whenever possible just to enjoy the car for a little bit longer.

 

2017 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400 AWD Performance

Underneath the Q50 Red Sport 400’s dashing good looks lies a powerful and fast-revving twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.

Mated to an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission, the Q50 delivers smooth accelerations and optimum power with the help of Adaptive Shift Control, a system that uses learning algorithms to adjust to one’s unique driving style. Shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel can be used to manually select gears, but the predictive transmission programming is so adept, it’s actually faster to let the car handle everything.

Our test model came equipped with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD), a rear-wheel biased system that can send up to 50% of available power to the front wheels. The system monitors wheelspin, throttle, and speed to deliver impressive amounts of grip, especially during hard cornering. Under normal conditions, the rear wheels receive 100% power for a traditional sports car experience.

We found the Q50 Red Sport 400 to be very nimble and easy to handle, and always looked forward to the next open stretch of highway. This luxury sport sedan handled sessions of spirited driving with confidence and finesse, leaving a satisfying exhaust note in its wake for everyone to enjoy. A selection of drive modes can be activated for a more tailored experience, adjusting steering weight, throttle response, shift points, and suspension dampening.

Fuel economy for the 2017 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 AWD is an EPA estimate 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway**.

 

2017 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400 AWD Safety

The 2017 Q50 is loaded with standard and available state-of-the-art safety technology like hill start assist, an advanced airbag system, brake assist, vehicle dynamic control, and much more.

Our test model came equipped with the optional Driver Assistance Package, which adds blind spot warning, predictive forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, and backup collision intervention.

Arguably the best feature of the Driver Assistance Package is the Around View Monitor, which provides a 360-degree view around the car so you’ll know if there are any obstacles or potential safety hazards. This enhanced view makes parking the car and maneuvering tight spaces a breeze — you’ll never have more confidence than when using the Around View Monitor.

Other important safety features include traction control, tire pressure monitoring, and roof-mounted supplemental air bags.

 

2017 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400 AWD Overall

The 2017 Q50 boasts an impressive mix of performance, luxury, and design, all wrapped in a beautiful exterior package. There’s no denying the value that INFINITI is offering with this car, especially when the entry-level trim starts as low as $33,950.

MSRP for the 2017 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400 AWD is $34,295, and our test model came well-equipped at $36,765*.

Experience the irresistible appeal of the Q50 for yourself by visiting your local AutoNation-affiliated INFINITI dealership.

 


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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