Every Infiniti Sports Car You Should Know

Infiniti’s best sports cars are the G35, Q50, and Q60.
Written by Olivia Rose
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
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Infiniti joined the car market as a luxury arm of Nissan back in 1989, and since then, the make has produced some pretty nice sports cars. All favoring rear-wheel drive, the G35, Q50, and Q60 offer luxury driving experiences that compel an array of drivers. 
So what’s the deal with Infiniti sports cars? Today, we're taking a look at Infiniti’s best and greatest sports cars since the make opened shop in 1989.
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Does Infiniti make sports cars?

The luxury arm of
Nissan
, Infiniti was introduced in 1989, making it just over three decades old as a distinct make. Since ‘89, the company has released a small handful of sports cars: the
Infiniti G35
, Infiniti Q50, and
Infiniti Q60
. Let’s take a look at the specs of all of Infiniti’s best sports cars below! 

Infiniti G35

The G35 began production in 2003 as Infiniti’s first sports car. The sports sedan was a renamed third generation of the Infiniti G20 which began production over a decade earlier in 1991. Production ended in 2007. 
When it was released, the G35 was hugely popular, gathering awards left and right (like Motor Trend’s Car of the Year in 2003 and Car and Driver’s Ten Best list in 2003 and 2004). In short, the G35 was considered an impressive yet practical and accessible sports car. And, the G35 came as a sedan or coupe, giving buyers a great deal of versatility. 
The G35 came with standard rear-wheel drive—with an all-wheel drive option available in the G35x sedan—and used a front-midship engine, which gave the car better traction and a weight distribution of 52% in the front and 48% in the rear. The car used a VQ35DE engine (V6 engine), and six-speed manual transmission was available for both the sedan and coupe beginning in 2003. 
One of the most impressive features of the G35 is the all-wheel drive technology on the G35x. The G35x uses Nissan’s proprietary ATTESA E-TS AWD system, which makes the car 100% rear-wheel drive when driving at a constant speed. The system sends up to 50% of torque to the front wheels when the driver accelerates from a stop or steady speed. It will also send torque to the front wheels when the car senses it is losing traction. So, essentially, the AWD technology in the G35x allows the car to effectively maintain the G35’s traditional rear-wheel drive while offering all-wheel drive when the car needs it

Infiniti Q50

The Q50 began production in 2013 as a compact executive car that replaced the G/Q40 as a sports sedan. The sedan originally came with the option of a 3.7-liter V6 or a 3.5-liter Hybrid, as well as the option of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
The 2022 Q50 comes with a standard twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, seven-speed automatic transmission, and the option of rear- or all-wheel drive—though all-wheel drive will cost you an extra $2k. With a starting MSRP of $43,125, the Q50 might not be as competitive as other sports sedans in the segment like the
Mercedes-Benz C 230
or BMW M340i, but it’s a great option for drivers who want to upgrade from an Altima to something more snazzy. 
The fuel economy for the 2022 Q50 is decent yet unimpressive at 29 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city (estimated). If you plan to drive the Q50 often without passengers in the back, the car’s impressive legroom for driver and passenger might persuade you—though the back seats lack the ample legroom offered in the front. 
All in all, there are more impressive sports cars for the price point—but if you are a die-hard Infiniti fan, the Q50 certainly won’t disappoint. If you want a Q50 without the higher price point, we recommend shopping the
used car
market for an older model. 
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Infiniti Q60

Finally, we come to the Q60, a two-door luxury sports coupe that began production in 2016 and is still on the market. The Q60 replaced Infiniti’s G series, and the 2017 model brought with it loads of upgrades from the original 2016 release, including Dynamic Digital Suspension, seven-speed automatic transmission, Direct Adaptive Steering, and turbocharged engines
Perhaps the most alluring element of the Infiniti Q60 is that it’s just plain pretty. This sports coupe certainly takes the cake as a good-looking car amongst competitors like the Audi A5 or the
Genesis G70
The 2022 Q60 comes in three available trims: Pure ($42,775 MSRP), Luxe ($51,325 MSRP), and Red Sport 400 ($59,225 MSRP). Notably, the Red Sport 400 trim offers 400 horsepower, while the other trims offer just 300. All trims come with a standard twin-turbo V-6 engine, which is the reason for the Q60’s higher price tag—but it’s also what makes the base trim a good value. You can add all-wheel drive to your Q60 for an extra $2,000. With the base model, you’ll see around 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. 
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A history of the Infiniti sports car

1989: Infiniti is announced as the new luxury arm of Nissan, placing Nissan amongst competitors like Toyota and Honda who were announcing luxury arms to keep up with the developing car market. 
2003: The G35 begins production as Infiniti’s first proper sports car. 
2004: Infiniti releases the G35x, which offers optional proprietary all-wheel drive technology that allows the car to maintain rear-wheel drive at steady driving speeds, then deviate to all-wheel drive when accelerating or when the car needs more traction. 
2013: The Q50 begins production with V6 and Hybrid engine options.  
2016: The Q60 begins production as a two-door luxury sports coupe replacing Infiniti’s G series. 
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