2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 Test Drive

Jerry Reynolds | March 6, 2018
2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 Test Drive

This week we take a look at the 2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400, a very fast and luxurious 4-door sedan from Nissan’s luxury division.

2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

As the name suggests, the Red Sport 400 has 400-horses packed into a 3-liter V6 with twin turbochargers.  It is mated with a 7-speed automatic transmission that you can shift from paddles on the steering wheel.

The Q50 is long and wide and sits low to the ground like most luxury sport sedans.  It has distinctive lines, front and rear spoilers, 19” wheels, and LED headlights and daytime running lights.  I find the Q50 to be a very attractive car.

Luxurious Cabin 

As you would expect, the interior of this car is very luxurious with a nice blend of leather and carbon fiber.  There is stitching throughout the dash and door panels, and the steering wheel.  The front seats are comfortable and have bolsters to keep you in your seat when you go into a hard cornering maneuver.

The large tachometer and speedometer are easy to read and colorful, and there is a programmable driver info screen between them.

The center console is nice-sized and carbon fiber surrounds the gearshift and flows into the center stack, it looks terrific.

Infiniti uses a dual screen setup.  The upper screen operates the navigation system and 360-degree camera and operates from a round knob just below the gearshift.  Also, there is the drive mode selector that allows you to choose from Personal, Sport Plus, Sport, Standard, Eco, and snow.

The lower screen is touchscreen and operates the Bose stereo, Bluetooth, the car’s settings, and a host of apps with real-time traffic info. 

Below the bottom screen, you’ll only find one knob for the stereo volume, and to the sides of the screens are your climate controls.  Everything is simple to operate and understand, and I like being able to display the navigation map and traffic without having to delete it to change radio stations.

As with most mid-sized sedans, the back seat room is fairly cramped unless the front seats are pretty far forward. Back seat headroom is limited due to the swooping roofline of the Q50.  Trunk space is good and the rear seats do fold down.

Red Sport 400 Standard Features

The Red Sport 400 package comes with a nice list of standard features including the 19” wheels, rearview camera, power seats, power moonroof, pushbutton start, keyless entry, power tilt wheel, Bluetooth, voice activation, the Bose stereo, and two USB ports.

Optional Equipment

My tester has $8500 in options.  First, the Proactive Package and you get adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning that auto corrects you, high beam light assist, and an Eco Pedal, that pushes back against your foot if you are accelerating too hard, and I have to say, it is super annoying, but the good news is you can keep it in the off position.

The Sensory Assistance package gets you the upgraded Bose stereo with 16-speakers, dual memory front seats, advanced climate control, ambient lighting, and auto-dimming outside mirrors.

This car also has illuminated kick plates, an Infiniti radiant grille emblem that lights up, carbon fiber package on the outside, and there is a charge for the Dynamic Sunstone Red paint.

What It's Missing

Make no mistake, this is a true sports car with superb handling and amazing acceleration.  It will take you from 0-to-60 in just 4.5 seconds and this is a true driver’s car.  If it is missing anything, I wish it had a better sounding exhaust system.

Fuel economy is good for a 400-horse car, coming in at 20 in town and 26 on the highway.  If you opt for all-wheel drive instead of just rear-wheel drive like this one, the mileage drops slightly.

What You'll Pay

MSRP is $60,510, and that is in line with other sports sedans out there, and better than some.  Overall, this is a very enjoyable car that I recommend.  By the way, you can get the same car in a coupe called the Q60 Red Sport 400.

2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

  • What I liked most: The power and handling.
  • What I would change:  Give this car some sound when you stomp on it!
  • MSRP: Base price $51,000, as equipped $60,510.
  • Fuel Economy:  Rated at 20 City/26 highway/22 Combined.
  • Official Color:  Dynamic Sunstone Red.
  • Odometer reading when tested: 8700 miles.
  • Weight: 3870 pounds.
  • Length-Width-Height: 189.6” long/71.8” wide/57.2” high.
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 20 gallons with the filler on the passenger side.
  • Towing Capacity: N/A
  • 2018 Infiniti Q50 S in a few words:  Great luxury sedan, tremendous power!   
  • Warranty: 4-year/60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, with roadside assistance, 6-year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty, free loaner car.
  • Final Assembly Location:  Los Angeles, CA.    
  • Manufacturers website: Infiniti
Tags: infiniti, q50
Jerry R.
Hi Ken! Jerry didn't have a video with the Infiniti this week, it was rained out unfortunately!

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Ken F.
No video in either newsletter version, Jerry, that I can find.