Remember Vickey’s dynamic duo, which comprised of her modified 2017 Subaru WRX STi and daily driven Saab 9-2X? Well, her boyfriend, Tim, has a slightly modified 2017 Infiniti Q50 sedan, and he was kind enough to answer some questions we had about the Q.
There are two things we’d like to highlight for those who may not be familiar with the components of the new Q50s: 1) like the Nissan GTR, it uses a VR-series six-cylinder Nissan engine, however, amongst other differences, it’s a 3.0-liter versus the GTR’s 3.8-liter and is less powerful with outputs of 300 and 400 horsepower depending on trim level; 2) it has a steer-by-wire system instead of a direct, mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the front wheels themselves, although a mechanical connection still exists incase the system fails.
These two aspects of the Q50, along with the fact that it’s a capable sedan, are what caught the Saabros’ attention. So, without any further ado, let’s see what Tim had to say about the car.
Honestly, the steer-by-wire system has proven itself time and time again to be most responsive and with minimal effort. My steering is effective, efficient and the turning radius is magnificent. I can make a 3-point turn on any crowded city road. I do not have the direct-adaptive steering, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but it was only offered with the tech package on the 2017 models. I didn’t really have any use for the extra bells and whistles and the factory electric steering does more than suffice.
I actually drive the AWD model, specifically because we do see a fair amount of inclement weather in Maryland during the winter months. The vehicle has also proven itself to be fun in the snow and reliable. The Q has never gotten stuck; even through many snow storms totaling over 12″ of snow. That’s with a 2″ drop as well. Plus, everyone loves AWD donuts!
I have no concerns with the drivetrain whatsoever. The transmission will probably need a little building once we start to creep over 500 wheel-horsepower or so, but the bridge will be crossed once it comes! Hopefully sooner than later.
Currently the Q has Stillen intakes, a Stillen exhaust, and GarageLine wheel spacers. Not necessarily in any specific order, but I do plan to upgrade to coil overs, install front and rear sway bars, and corner balance the vehicle. In terms of engine performance I am seeking to install blow-off valves, cat-less down pipes, a 3″ exhaust and a pro-tune. The list is extensive but I’ll keep it short and sweet for now. *winks*
I have not tracked the vehicle yet; it is my daily driver currently. It’s a very great balance of speed, handling and comfort to be honest. I am seeking a more practical daily driver to be able to keep the wear and tear on the Q to a minimum. But I do use Vickey’s 9-2x from time to time if needed!
Thus far, I have not had any issues. There’s not much I do not like or enjoy about the vehicle. I would prefer Infiniti offer it in a 6-speed manual transmission but unfortunately that is not an option at this time and I strongly believe it will never be. The great ole manual transmission is becoming extinct.
Absolutely! This is in fact my third Q50. My first was a 2017 Red Sport, which was the first year they were available. My best input on this matter would be that you can get the same HP rating as it’s competitors with comparable amenities for 15-20k cheaper. It’s not all about the price tag, though. Personally I worked for Infiniti for many years and have a loyalty to the brand itself. I’m ecstatic they finally produced a turbo (twin, at that) to be competitive with the market.
I would say they aimed for the same characteristics, or maybe the other way around considering Saab’s history and roots run a bit deep than Infiniti’s considering they were established in 1989.
I mean any common interest you can share with your significant other is always a bonus and keeps the relationship fun. Finding a female who shares the same passion for automobiles such as myself has proven to be challenging in the past, however, it creates a strong bond between us and honestly is what helped break the ice during our first few interactions.
I want to thank you for taking the time out of your day to reach out and showing genuine interest in the Q. I hope my insight helps a bit and hope you get to try one out for yourself sometime soon! I know it’s outside of your normal realm, but I thoroughly enjoyed answering your questions and if there’s any more information I can provide please feel free to reach out and let me know!
Oh, and by the way, Vickey’s 2005 Saab 9-2X is up for sale. The asking price is $3,400, so if you’re interested or would like to find out more, shoot her a message on Instagram: @msboost.