2017 Infiniti Q50

2017 Infiniti Q50

2017 Infiniti Q50


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 20 mpg City, 26 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.0 L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6, 400 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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The 2017 Infiniti Q50 is a stylish, sophisticated, high-performance sports sedan, with European competitors squarely in its sights. Even in the base trim, the Q50 offers a host of luxury and technology features that are hard to beat. And the twin-turbo V6, with up to 400 horsepower available, easily trumps output from the top-tier models from BMW and Audi.

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What's New For 2017

After major changes to the powertrain lineup last year, the Infiniti Q50 remains essentially unchanged for 2017, save for several new colors and a few new features for some of the trims. The Premium model gets a new Advanced Climate Control system, while auto-dimming rearview mirrors, a built in garage door opener and automatic wipers have been added to the base model. Premium editions also get a new Bose stereo with 16 total speakers.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2017 Infiniti Q50

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • RearView Monitor Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • INFINITI Studio on Wheels by Bose -inc: 16-speaker premium audio system
    • BOSE Centerpoint Simulated Surround
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Aux Audio Input Jack and Voice Activation
    • Radio: AM/FM/CD w/MP3 Playback Capability -inc: Bose performance series 16-speaker (-10) premium audio system, Bose Centerpoint simulated surround, speed-sensitive volume control, 2 USB connection ports play music for iPod interface and other compatible devices, auxiliary audio controls, SiriusXM satellite radio and HD Radio
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 19" x 9" FR & 19" x 9.5" RR Alum-Alloy -inc: machine-finished surface
    • Tires: P245/40R19FR & P265/35R19RR Run-Flat Perf -inc: Summer
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Rocker Panel Extensions
    • Body-Colored Power w/Tilt Down Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Chrome Grille
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • Sport Leather Seating Surfaces
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
    • Memory Settings -inc: Driver Seat, Door Mirrors and Steering Wheel
    • Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
    • Interior Trim -inc: Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel Insert, Carbon Fiber Door Panel Insert, Carbon Fiber Console Insert and Chrome Interior Accents
    • Leather/Aluminum Gear Shift Knob
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Power Fuel
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Valet Function
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Compass
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Front Cupholder
    • Sport Leather Steering Wheel
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Front Sport Seats -inc: natural contour ergonomic-design, 12-way driver and 10-way passenger power-adjustable seats w/slide, recline, lift and thigh support and driver side power lumbar support and power torso bolsters
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.0L 6-Cylinder Turbocharged
    • Transmission: 7-Speed Automatic w/Manual Shift Mode -inc: downshift rev matching
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • 3.13 Axle Ratio
    • 62-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 170 Amp Alternator
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Driver Control Ride Control Sport Tuned Suspension
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 20 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 14
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.8
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 13.5
  • Electrical Features
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 170
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.0 L/183
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 400 @ 6400
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 350 @ 1600
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 112.2
    • Length, Overall (in) - 189.1
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 71.8
    • Height, Overall (in) - 56.8
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 60.6
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 61.4
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.1
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 20
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 112
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.5
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 44.5
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56.7
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.2
    • Second Head Room (in) - 36.8
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 56.1
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 52.5
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 26
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - INFINITI Q50
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Spare Tire Order Code - TR4
    • Front Tire Size - P245/40WR19
    • Front Tire Size - 245/40WR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P265/35WR19
    • Rear Tire Size - 265/35WR19
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 7
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.78
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.10
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.98
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.37
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.87
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.86
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.13
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.78
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Mid-Size Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 8.0
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3853
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 9
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 9.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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The Infiniti Q50 is a sports sedan with striking sheetmetal and road manners bordering on brilliant.

The 2017 Infiniti Q50 lineup spans 14 models. Powertrains include a turbocharged four-cylinder, a turbocharged V6 in two states of tune, and a hybrid gas-electric. All are available with all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive.

New for 2017 is the Infiniti Q50 Sport model with the four-cylinder engine. Also new for 2017 is a Design package for V6 models, and some minor upgrades to equipment. The Q50 was last redesigned for 2014.

The Infiniti Q50 competes in a class of heavy hitters, including the Cadillac ATS and Audi A4. It’s bigger than rivals like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but smaller than the BMW 5 Series or Jaguar XF.

The Q50 base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The available twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 makes 300 hp and 295 lb-ft, while another twin-turbo V6 is called the Red Sport 400 because it makes 400 horsepower, with 350 lb-ft of torque; it’s a delight that can shoot the Q50 from zero to sixty in 4.5 seconds. All engines use a 7-speed automatic transmission with a manual mode and available shifting paddles.

Fuel economy is highest for the Hybrid model, with an EPA-rated 28/34/30 mpg City/Highway/Combined. A Red Sport with all-wheel drive rates just 19/26/22 mpg.


The 2017 Infiniti Q50 ($33,950) comes standard with leatherette upholstery, dual-zone climate control with micron air filter.

The Sport and Red Sport feature Digital Dynamic Suspension, bigger brakes, 19-inch wheels, leather sport seats, aluminum pedals and magnesium shift paddles. Safety features include surround-view cameras, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and forward-collision warning systems with automatic emergency braking.


The Q50 is bigger than its rivals, but looks smaller when you stand back. It carries some of the flowing sensuality of the bigger Infiniti Q70 sedan, in its exaggerated curves behind the rear doors that were designed to suggest waves in the sea. The sleek organic shape is reflected by a low 0.26 coefficient of drag, apparently unhindered by the creases in the sheetmetal, especially the two fender lines that meet near the A pillars.

The boomerang brackets in the double-arch grille are like those in the Lexus IS, but their hourglass shape is more in tune with the Q50’s silhouette. The LED lighting is both smooth and aggressive.


A sweeping asymmetric arc runs down the console, keeping the controls focused on the driver and the cabin feeling like a cockpit. However the other side of the arc is dominated by Infiniti’s haphazard InTouch, two touchscreens with redundant hard keys. InTouch replaces most vehicle and infotainment controls with menus on the capacitive-touch displays. The larger touchscreen on top of the dash displays the more common functions, while the smaller screen is used for infotainment and other things.

The Q50’s interior materials are as luxurious as those in a German sedan, and the cabin is as quiet. In fact the engine noise is almost too muted for a sports sedan.

Great front seats follow those in the latest Nissan Altima, using cushion technology learned from NASA, the so-called zero-gravity design. It’s literally space-age, but actually not so much; pinpoint body pressure is simply distributed more evenly, for comfort over long hours in the seat. The Sport model seats have extendable thigh bolsters for the driver.

Rear passengers have more space than is average for the class, but legroom isn’t great, and a six-footer might find his or her head rubbing the ceiling.

The trunk is larger than average, at 18 cubic feet, although the Hybrid loses 3.9 cubic feet to the battery pack, and you can’t get a split-folding rear seat with the Hybrid.

Driving Impressions

With 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, the base 2.0-liter turbocharged engine doesn’t lack for power.

With the twin-turbocharged V6 engines, the difference between 300 horsepower and 400 hp is mostly in turbo boost, with 8.7 psi available in the regular V6 and 14.7 psi in the faster-spinning Red Sport V6, whose 350 pound-feet of torque (vs 295 lb-ft) is available all the way from 1600 to 5200 rpm. It redlines at an exciting 6400 rpm.

We said the Q50 had brilliant road manners, but that only makes it a close match for its competitors. It stays fairly flat in corners, has quick response from either of its two steering systems, rides comfortably, and is stable at high speed. But when it’s pushed though a curvy canyon, flaws appear. It doesn’t want to take a set in a turn if it’s at the limit of grip. It’s not in the same league as the BWW M3.

And under heavy braking, it shimmies. On the track, not even the bigger Sport brakes are up to the task, as they fade after too few laps. But the 7-speed automatic transmission provides nice throttle-blipped downshifts and remarkably little driveline shock.

The Drive Mode Selector offers a bewildering capability of more than 300 settings to set response from the throttle, steering, transmission, stability control, and suspension. Maybe we just never found the right one.

And the handling can be improved with options. There’s the Dynamic Digital Suspension, with its electronically controlled valves in the dampers, to stiffen the ride in Sport or Sport+ modes. It’s not too firm on the street in those modes, and they reduce body roll, but they also make the car jiggle a bit in the corners.

There’s also the steer-by-wire Direct Adaptive Steering, with seven settings within the Standard and Sport+ modes, for resistance and responsiveness. In Standard mode it feels much like any electric-assist power steering system; it erases some bumps that can jerk the steering wheel, along with some of the feel that makes cornering fun.

In the Sport+ mode, it does what you want it to, but maybe too much. It gets quicker at low speeds, and heavier and slower at higher speeds, for stability. The ratio varies a remarkable amount, between 12:1 and more than 20:1; it’s almost too quick at low speeds, while being darty and too weighty at speed. You might be happier in Standard or Sport mode, while avoiding Sport+. If not avoiding Direct Adaptive Steering altogether.

The base steering in the Red Sport has a 15:1 ratio. It’s noticeably lighter and more natural feeling than the optional DAS.

We haven’t had the chance to drive the 300-horsepower V6, only the terrific 400-horsepower version (that’s 25 hp less than the BMW M3), which is reason alone to buy the Red Sport. It delivers willing power (as it should) and lets out a muffled howl when hammered.

Too bad the Red Sport 400 doesn’t have track-ready hardware, and its Dunlop run-flat summer tires that don’t provide a lot of grip (245/40R19 front, 265/32R19 rear). Even on the road, it’s easy to break the rear tires loose, although stability control saves you.

The Hybrid is also quick, with 360 horsepower from a special version of Infiniti’s 3.5-liter V6 and a 50-kw motor. Its unique dual-clutch hybrid system uses a dry clutch in front of the transmission and motor, with a wet clutch behind it. This smoothes the transmission of power from one source to the other, and allows the car to gently take off on electric power alone; it also shuts off the engine so it glides more.

The throttle response is well coordinated to the clutches, but the braking doesn’t quite measure up, as it gets a bit murky under the pedal, just before the car comes to a complete slow stop.


Seven distinct models, seven decision to make. We’ll make it easy, and say stick to the base 2.0t with rear-wheel drive. It’s the cheapest, simplest, and has all the virtues, including looks and powertrain. No one will know you don’t have 400 horsepower under the hood, and even if you did, it wouldn’t match the BMW M3.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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