What it is: The Q50 is Infiniti’s compact luxury car that replaced the legendary G37 in 2014. The Q50 is a rearwheel drive luxury sedan that now comes with several engine choices. The base model, the 2.0t, has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 208 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Next is the 3.0t with a 3.0-liter V6 that is twin-turbocharged and produces 300 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The new Red Sport 400 trim, my test model, takes the 3.0-liter and bumps it up to a staggering 400 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. And you feel every one of those 400 ponies under the hood.
The Q50 has always been about the sports driving experience and now they have a serious power plant to do battle with the likes of the BMW 440i. The Red Sport 400 trim will set you back $8,050 over the 3.0t trim, but it is way more than an engine upgrade. Dynamo Digital Suspension, 19-inch wheels, sport brakes, performance tires and many visual improvements make the Red Sport 400 a well-rounded performance saloon. AWD is available for an extra $2,000 as well. 
My test model was also equipped with a driver assistance package ($2,250) which provides blind spot detection, parking sensors, emergency braking sensor and the clever Around View monitor system which gives you live 360-degree video when parking or reversing your car. Also equipped was the Premium Plus Package ($2,250) which adds navigation, heated seats, heated steering wheel and remote start. I would think most of these cars will be equipped with this option as it seems like a must-have for a $50,000 sports sedan. 
The steering is different in the Red Sport 400 trim, and is fairly heavy, but it never bothered me too much on my normal 30-minute commute. The Q50 is a great size as it isn’t burdensome to park or maneuver but still has plenty of storage room in the trunk and room for adults in the back seat. This is a highly competitive segment where brand loyalty is strong and the Q50 has come to do battle with the Germans and the other Asian manufacturers.  
MPG: 20 city/26 highway
Price: $48,700. $54,225 as tested. 
Upsides: Gobs of power. 
Downsides: None.
Wrap-up: I love getting opinions from my friends about the cars that I review, and none were ready for the power that the Red Sport 400 produced. With a 0-60 time of under five seconds, this Q50 turns any on-ramp into a launch pad. None expected that the Q50 had a monster under the hood, and that is one of the benefits to the Red Sport 400. Infiniti has done a great job balancing a modern luxury sedan design without going too far or trying to do too much.

Wilson Calvert
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I am a long-time Houstonian and am obsessed with cars, soccer, traveling, bourbon and airplanes. I write a regular car review column for The Tribune and travel articles a few times per year.

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