2016 Infiniti Q50S To Receive G35's Hydraulic Steering

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
2016 infiniti q50s to receive g35 s hydraulic steering

If you test-drove an Infiniti Q50S recently and came away with disappointment because its steering was lacking, you’ll be happy to know the sedan will receive an upgrade, courtesy of the G37.

Car & Driver reports the hydraulic steering found in the sibling sedan will replace the base hydraulic setup when the Q50S is updated for the 2016 model year. The brand’s product planning chief, Keith St. Clair, explains:

Some members of the enthusiast community, including the media, suggested the car could benefit with enhanced steering feel, as in more engagement similar to the former G Sedan Sport.

St. Clair’s team built a prototype using the sedan’s steering alongside exhaust system tweaks, and found the improvements impressive enough to bring the mule before the brand’s top brass, leading Infiniti to find “the fastest path for adopting [the improvements] into regular production.”

The Q50S will also receive styling and chassis upgrades along with the new steering and exhaust improvements, though no word has been given on whether or not Q50 or Q50S Hybrid models will also receive the G37’s hydraulic steering.

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  • Pete Zaitcev Pete Zaitcev on Sep 02, 2014

    Now wait just a moment! Isn't the defining feature of Q50's steering that it is not connected -- the first in the industry? Supposedly, the steering wheel only signals the steering angle, and the feedback is entirely artificial. If you throw a G37 steering rack on this, you must eliminate the disconnect (and the emergency clutch), and use the traiditional steering column with a steering shaft. Why is nobody talking about it? Where is Jack Baruth, who overheated one of those for R&T? If the first-in-the-industry disconnected steering becomes not such, shouldn't we at least know about it? Or am I hopelessly confused?

    • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Sep 02, 2014

      This will only be for the sport models. They aren't getting rid of it completely.

  • Carguy Carguy on Sep 02, 2014

    It is puzzling that sports car manufacturers immediately jumped on the electric steering bandwagon. I know it saves some gas but when someone pays $50K for a sports car, they do so for the driving enjoyment and are probably not too concerned with half an MPG her or there. It particularly ridiculous in cars like the Porsche GT3.

  • Cbrworm Cbrworm on Sep 02, 2014

    The disconnected steering may be great for an LS460 competitor, but not for a BMW 3 series competitor. The G35/37 had great steering feel. I have no problems with electrically assisted steering systems, but this particular system totally put me off buying a Q50s. Maybe a 2016 Q50s is in my future...

  • Chicago Dude Chicago Dude on Sep 02, 2014

    "Some members of the enthusiast community, including the media," Translated into plain English: "People who don't buy cars"