The all-new Infiniti Q50 Hybrid is the worthy successor to the sporty and competent G37 Sedan. How does “Hybrid” change the game?
Marquee car engineers understand that not everyone looking for the Hybrid tag on their daily driver will sacrifice a craving for performance. Inifiti is here to make a bargain. In the Q50′s case, “hybrid” is more about increased performance than a huge fuel-economy leap, though Q50 sips enough diet drink to please even the greenest of the crowd. The Q50 also delivers its performance in a hybrid way, which may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Ultimately, the hybridization builds on what the Q50 already excels at: sporty driving and technological leadership.
- 3.5L V6 with 302 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque;
- Special clutch that can deactivate the V6 any time electric driving is possible;
- Electric motor rated at 67 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque;
- 7-speed automatic transmission with no torque converter;
Another clutch to smooth the transition whenever either power unit engages or disengages (this clutch also eliminates the need for the torque converter).
There are three hybrid models: RWD Premium $47,000, AWD Premium $49,500, and AWD Sport $56,450. They’re all high-end models, and ask about $5,000 more than equally highly equipped non-hybrid Q50s.
See the new Infiniti Q50 Hybrid at Infiniti of Kansas City .