2018 Infiniti Q50 Review | Asian Car Guide
January 20, 2021

2018 Infiniti Q50 Review

2018 infiniti q50 red sport

One of the fastest growing segments in the automotive industry is the compact executive sedan market. There are lot of fantastic choices out there for this segment and it can be a tough to choose what is right for you.

For example, sitting at the top of the Infiniti Q50 (manufactured in Tochigi, Japan) compact executive sedan tree with 298kW of power and 475Nm of torque, the Q50 3.0T Red Sport variant is the most amped-up Infiniti available right now, with the MY2018 version having reworked front and rear outlooks, as well as interior and wheels upgrades.

The only way to tell the difference between the ultra-fast Q50 and regular versions is a small red “S” badging at the car’s rear end, signifying the more intense power, tuning and design of the Q50 Red Sport.

2018 infiniti q50 interiorMechanically the Q50 Red Sport is quite notable in being the first Infiniti model to feature the brand’s second generation Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS) system, a steer-by-wire system that replaces the traditional rack-and-pinion setup with an entirely electric one. Turning the steering wheel controls a servo motor that turns the wheels, removing direct contact with the road.

This has the benefit of eliminating jarring and the feel of rough roads and just steering the car where it’s told to go, and there are varying levels of a generated feeling of feedback available for selection, just as with electric assisted power steering. DAS V2 improves on V1 in this respect.

DAS is a step in the direction of Autonomous (driverless) cars, by connecting the cars control center to the steering. It is more precise and reacts faster than a mechanical steering rack, and integrates easily with the driver assistance system.

Drive Mode Selection has Standard, Sport, Snow, Personal, Eco and Sport + modes.

There are four available engines configurations, including entry level 115kW 2.0-litre 4-cylinder, 224kW 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, or more powerful 298kW 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, then a 268kW 3.5-litre V6 petrol-electric hybrid – all with rear-wheel drive, and the Hybrid also available as AWD.

This is the first Infiniti model to feature a direct injection, twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine. This dynamo’s whopping 298kW of power and 475Nm of torque can speed the machine from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.4 seconds.

On the go, the tested Q50 Red Sport packed a lot of punch, thanks to the thanks to the twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine paired to seven-speed automatic transmission.

Round corners, the car is less nimble but is still relatively planted. Steering is sharp but there is some feel of absence of weighting. Sport mode makes it heavier, which is better.

Maybe Dunlop run flat tyres are not doing it the best justice, however. Michelin Pilot Sports for example are said to improve its handling considerably.

The Red Sport rides over bumps and ruts in a pliant way delivering a comfortable ride for occupants.

Cabin insulation from wind and road noise is also excellent, which further heightens the level of refinement.

Q50 Red Sport is covered Infiniti’s four year/unlimited kilometre warranty with servicing recommended every 12 months or 15.000km. And also has a scheduled servicing program which will cost $1,283 in total for three years.

Infiniti Q50 Red Sport Features include:

  • Performance brakes, 4 piston front 355mm, 2 pistons rear 350mm
  • Dynamic Digital Suspension
  • Safety Shield with Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Back-up Collision Intervention, Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, Lane Departure Warning and Intervention, and Intelligent Cruise Control
  • 14 Speaker Bose premium audio systems with Digital Audio Broadcasting DAB+
  • 10-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support & a handy, sliding forward thigh extension
  • 19-inch 5-triple-spoke light alloy wheels Available
  • Front and rear sonar system with Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection
  • InTouch dual (one above other) touch-screen displays (8-inch and 7-inch) with Navigation system and live SUNA traffic updates
  • Adaptive Front Lighting System with High Beam Assist and High/Low Automatic Change -Intelligent Key with smart access and enhanced memory, remote keyless entry system with door handle touch selective unlocking

infiniti q50 2018 side profileInfiniti has chosen a path that sees it focusing on what most owners of stunning cars look for in a comfortable, premium, well-built and modern compact executive sedan, and the Red Sport provides a very high level of driver assist and safety features, comfort, and good looks, combined with a very capable, powerful motor.

2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport – Pricing and specifications:

  • Price: From $79,900 plus on-road costs MSRP
  • Engine: 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol rear-wheel-drive
  • Fuel: Tank 80L, combined efficiency 9.3L/100k, CO2 214 g/km
  • Drag 0.28
  • Power: 298kW at 6,400rpm
  • Torque: 475Nm at 5,200rpm
  • Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
  • Boot: 500 Litres