- New Car Test Drive
The 3.7-liter V6 has been a good workhorse for Nissan/INFINITI, but it’s overdue for updating. For that matter, so is the 5.6-liter V8.
The sometimes-gruff V6 is thankfully mated to a crisp-shifting 7-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode, rev-matching downshifts, and available paddles on the steering wheel.
The V8 is more in keeping with the image of a sports sedan, although it’s not that much quicker than the V6. Still, it produces a stirring amount of torque, along with that V8 exhaust note.
The 350-horsepower Hybrid handles reasonably well, but it lacks finesse, in the clutching and declutching of the electric subsystem, making it feel less refined than the regular Q70.
The Q70 ride is well sorted, on a suspension that isn’t soft and can’t be called supple, but it’s not too firm.
The handling is athletic and generally balanced, with quick, responsive steering and a crisp turn-in on rear-wheel-drive models. The steering is still hydraulic, not electric, and we won’t say that’s why it’s so good, just that steering doesn’t have to be electric nowadays. Actually, electric power steering came along as another means to reduce drag and increase fuel mileage, by the smallest of amounts. Hydraulic steering such as that found on this Q70 offers better feedback to the driver.
The four-wheel-steering system, called 4WAS and available in the Sport package on rear-wheel-drive models, improves the steering response. The optional all-wheel drive doesn’t dull the car’s handling much, but it’s considered more for winter traction than cornering stability.
The brakes are big and powerful, while being even bigger and more powerful with the Sport package: 14-inch front and 13.8-inch rear ventilated discs with four-piston front calipers and two-piston rears.