Infiniti has always traded on horsepower, but every now and again, it excels itself. While none of its models could be accused of being sluggish, a few of them have been blessed with more raw power than you’ll know what to do with. Whether it’s for highway driving or city ambling, Infiniti’s most potent models will make their presence known in no uncertain way. If you’ve ever wondered which of Infiniti’s cars offer more ponies than an average ranch, find out now as we run through the five Infiniti models with the most horsepower.
In 2010, Infiniti released one of its most powerful models to date – the M56. Horsepower has always been something of a selling point for Infiniti, but this time, it had gone above and beyond the call of duty. With a horsepower of 420, the model’s 5.6-liter V-8 engine delivered more horses than ever before. In test conditions, the car needed just 4.4 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. Visually, it was a dream, with plenty of sleek lines and dynamic curves. The inside proved just as tempting as the outside, with plush leather appointments, heated seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and a full complement of high-tech features. In 2013, the M56 was replaced by the Q70. Judging from how much interest it still generates on the used market, it’s still as fondly remembered as ever.
The Infiniti QX56 debuted in 2010. As one of the few full-size luxury SUVs built with truck-based, body-on-frame engineering (and the first Infiniti ever built in the US), it caused quite a stir on its release, and for good reason. Available in a choice of seven or eight-seat configurations, it was a big, bold, slightly brash car with plenty to recommend it. Powered by a muscular 5.6-liter V-8 engine with 400 HP, this brutishly proportioned car was designed to make an impression -something it succeeded in perfectly. Standard features included a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled leather seats, push-button start, Bose audio, and a clutch of safety and driver-assist features. Despite its epic dimensions, the Infiniti QX56 was a joy to ride. While SUVs often get a bad rep for being rugged and hard to handle, the QX56 glided along like a dream, proving Infiniti was just as capable of injecting comfort and luxury into an SUV as it was a coupe. In 2014, the QX56, like the rest of Infiniti’s models, got a name change. Since transitioning into the QX80, it’s undergone a few makeovers. Fortunately, it’s managed to hang onto enough features from the old days to please fans of the original model.
Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400
As insidercarnews.com says, while most of us may still need a little more time to recognize an Infiniti as a true sports sedan, the Q50 Red Sport 400 is exactly that. Its powerful 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 powerplant trots out 400 HP, making it as fun to drive as it is to be driven in. When it comes to tech, the Q50 Red Sport 400 delivers in spades. All models come complete with a touchscreen infotainment system, Sirius XM satellite radio as standard, along with Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto for easy device integration. Performance-wise, it doesn’t disappoint. With 400 hp to play with, it charges from 0 to 60 mph in a tiny 4.5 seconds -a hugely impressive feat for a luxury sport sedan that weighs in at close to 3900 pounds.
Infiniti Q70L 5.6 AWD
The Q70L 5.6 AWD is the long base version of the Q70, a mid-size luxury sedan that got its first airing in 2013. As Auto123 says, the Q70L embodies everything Infiniti is known for (Japanese technology, design, luxury, performance, and value), just on a bigger scale. With 6 inches of extra length in comparison to the standard Q70, the Q70L wraps up all the benefits of a large SUV (a spacious cabin, extra storage space, etc) in a neat, sedan package. Offering all the latest in luxury appointments, entertainment, and safety features, the Q70L takes Infiniti’s luxury motoring experience to new heights. Its muscular V8 engine dishes out a massive 420 horsepower, packing more than enough punch for both highway and city driving. A 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and manual shift mode add to the appeal, as does the packed roster of safety features. The design of both the interior and exterior is hard to fault, with Infiniti signature LED headlights, side rearview mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, leather-appointed seating, and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheel designs. Bigger isn’t always best, but with the Q70L, Infiniti has made a fair argument in its defense.
Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400
2016 was a good year, at least if you were an Infiniti fan. That was the year the brand released the Q60, a 2 door sport luxury coupe and convertible blessed with enough style and substance to send it straight to the top of everyone’s most-wanted list. Launched alongside the standard trims was the exclusive Q60 Red Sport 400. As Car and Driver points out, part of the name refers to the horsepower output of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 under the Q60’s hood – expect 400 ponies and 350-pound feet of torque. Like most high horsepower cars, the Q60 Red Sport 400 is fun to look at and even more fun to drive. Peek inside and you’ll find a luxurious interior packed with high-end appointments including semi-aniline leather sport seats, aluminum accented pedals, and paddle shifters, and a handstitched leather steering wheel with auto tilt-away. The exterior, which boasts exclusive 20-inch sport aluminum-alloy wheels, unique dual brushed satin finish Red Sport 400 exhaust tips, and chrome finished red ‘S’ exterior sport badging, is just as noteworthy. The list of new technologies and safety features is long and impressive – expect Intelligent Cruise Control with Full-Speed Range, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention with Active Lane Control, Blind Spot Intervention, Distance Control Assist, Advanced Climate Control System with Plasmacluster and Grape Polyphenol filter, auto-leveling Adaptive Front Lighting System with High Beam Assist, front seat pre-crash seatbelts and Direct Adaptive Steering. Although some drivers have complained the Q60 Red Sport 400 does a better job of filling the luxury brief than it does the sports-car one, there’s no question it’s still a dream to drive.