Track Fight: Infiniti Q50S Red Sport vs Mercedes-Benz E43 AMG [Video]

Battle of the 400-hp heavyweight sports sedans

TFL’s test car pro, Paul Gerrard, gets behind the wheel of the 2017 Infiniti Q50s Red Sport with rear-wheel drive and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E43 AMG with all-wheel-drive to see which hot red sports sedan is hot-or-not. Both cars feature technology packed engines and systems highlighted by the Infiniti’s steer-by-wire set-up.

Out to TFL’s test track at IMI Motorsports we went, and here’s how it went down:

 

 Inifiniti Q50s Red Sport  Mercedes-Benz AMG E43
Engine  3.0-liter twin-turbo V6  3.0-liter twin-turbo V6
Drive  Rear-wheel drive All-wheel drive
Horsepower 400 396
Torque 350 lb-ft. 384 lb-ft.
Transmission  7-speed 9-speed
Curb Weight 3,870 lbs.  4,145 lbs.
List Price $60,720 $91,175
Tires 19-inch/245 front, 265 rear 20-inch/245 front, 275 rear
0-60 5.52 seconds 5.5 seconds
Lap time 1:07:67 1:06:44
Paul says … “Steering was always one step behind me. Wooden break pedal.” “Can tell it’s heavy. Car seems more about tech than performance.”
Hot or Not? Not Not

 

Infiniti Q50s Red Sport Mercedes Benz AMG E43
 400-hp sports sedans, a track, and a professional racecar driver. See who wins.
Grant Davis
Grant Davis is the Marketing Manager for TFLcar. Since 2006, he's found himself in the driver's seat of a more than 200 cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, and the occasional watercraft as a longtime writer for Outside Magazine/Outside online and other adventure-oriented media. He's based in Denver and has a love/hate relationship with his 11-year-old minivan.