Infiniti Q50 to get new 395bhp 3.0-litre V6

Updates for the Infiniti Q50 saloon include a powerful new engine plus steering and suspension upgrades

A round of 2016 updates have been announced for the Infiniti Q50 saloon, including a new range-topping twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine with 395bhp.

This new engine will make the Q50 the most powerful Infiniti yet – but it's also said to be the brand's most fuel efficient V6 to date. It joins the existing 2.0-litre petrol, 2.2-litre diesel and the Hybrid (which uses a 3.5-litre petrol V6 and an electric motor) in the Q50 line-up.

With close to 400bhp, the new range-topping V6 Q50 won't quite rival the BMW M3 – Infiniti is planning a performance division to take care of that – but rather cars like the Mercedes C 450 AMG Sport, which bridges the gap between the standard models and the hardcore variants. It's more powerful than the Merc though, which has 362bhp from its own 3.0-litre V6.

The updated Q50 will also get a new steering system. It's the second-generation adaptive electronic steering system for the car, and Infiniti says it will feel more like a conventional power steering system, with more feedback and steering feel.

You can control the steering with a range of settings, with the Standard, Snow, Eco and Sport modes carried over from the current car, with two new modes to choose from in 2016; Sport+ and Personal. The latter allows you to fine-tune the steering to allow the driver to find the right set-up specifically for them.

Alongside the updated steering system, the Q50 will also get 'Dynamic Digital Suspension', which is an adaptive system that lets the driver choose from a number of settings. In Sport and Sport+ modes the car stiffens up, and the car can also adapt on the fly to improve body roll in corners and absorb bumps in the road.

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