2016 Infiniti Q50S 3.0T Red Sport 400 Review – A New Engine Finds Itself a Home



Late in the 2016 model year, Infiniti replaced the 2016 Infiniti Q50S 3.0T Red Sport 400’s aging 328-hp VQ-series V-6 with a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. From the same family as the VR38DETT used in the Nissan GTR, the new VR30 is a smaller, smoother and somewhat tamer (for obvious reasons) version of the larger 3.8-Liter twin turbo beast found on Godzilla. Coming in two flavors of 300 and more specifically 400hp for this Red Sport 400; the new engine literally breathes new life into the Q platform.

2016 Infiniti Q50S 3.0T Red Sport 400 Review - A New Engine Finds Itself a Home

Low Turbo Lag Exists on the 2016 Infiniti Q50S 3.0T Red Sport 400

On the looks department, the refresh on the 2016 Infiniti Q50S 3.0T Red Sport 400 is minimal, as most of the changes are found under the hood specifically the new engine and going for the second generation drive by wire steering setup where the wheel is physically disconnected to the steering rack relying purely on electronics for input and feedback. Designed as an entry level luxury class, the Q50S with the Red Sport 400 trim receives a sporty façade with an aggressive-looking front end, sleek sides with the flowing contours and the thick chrome trim on the windows hints that this also has class apart from performance. At the back you get a fat, shapely rear end that’s a pleasure to look at and is finished off with twin tail pipes.

On the inside of the 2016 Q50S 3.0T Red Sport 400, class is very apparent and is made as an emphasis as Infiniti is supposed to be Nissan’s luxury sub brand, surfaces are exquisite with leather folds and detailed stitching along with wood and chrome trim. Space is not a major issue as the front seats cradle you with its luxurious cocoon and at the back there is enough leg and head room for adults along with the third occupant for medium range trips.

Driving the 2016 Infiniti Q50S 3.0T Red Sport 400 with the new engine is relaxing; this is where the new engine’s smooth revs is like making its best impression of a silky smooth straight six. Couple the smooth engine with the purely electric steering and the result is a luxurious ride for the driver. While it is numb in standard mode, other driving modes connect you back to the road with a push of a button. The VR30 and 7-speed auto push the car from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds and is ready to take on the European premium brands with its chin up.


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2016 Infiniti Q50S 3.0T Red Sport 400 Review – A New Engine Finds Itself a Home
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