The Japanese automaker has decided to reveal the 2016 model year Q50 sedan that has been treated to an all new twin-turbo V6 engine unit that can deliver up to 400 hp.
The 2016 Infiniti Q50 tweaks and improvements start with the modified Direct Adaptive Steering system that “better mimics the feeling drivers are used to from conventional systems,” but the sedan also boasts an improved suspension setup, while the Q50 Sport models also come with new stabilizer bars and a Dynamic Digital Suspension system. The design remains largely unchanged though the models packing the new V6 in its most powerful iteration will be distinguished by the unique exhaust tips and bespoke 19-inch aluminum wheels with summer performance run-flat tires. Cabin updates include a new Premium Plus Package fitted with an electrically adjustable steering wheel, heated front seats, a heated steering and split-folding rear seat, power lumber support (for the driver’s seat) and auto dimming exterior mirrors. Last, but not least is the Infiniti InTouch infotainment system packing GPS navi.
Naturally the most important novelty is the addition of the all new twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that can deliver either 300 hp (224 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque or 400 hp (298 kW) and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) of torque in the high-performance variant. There’s also a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine churning out a more modest 208 hp (155 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque. The most economical and green option will be the hybrid version, which comes without powertrain modifications and boasting a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an electric motor that gets power from a lithium-ion battery and the combined output stands at 360 hp (268 kW). All power plants will be linked to a seven-speed automatic gearbox with manual mode and paddle shifters while there’s also an optional all-wheel drive system.