Im­pres­sively rel­e­vant

> Two years on, and the In­finiti Q50 is still worth a se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

1 World Cham­pion who drove for the In­finiti Red Bull Rac­ing For­mula One team back then. This tur­bocharged, 16-valved, 2-litre car with vari­able valve tim­ing may not at­tain F1 speeds, but I did take it to 240km/h where both car and driver were quite re­laxed at such ve­loc­ity, even with just 17-inch wheels shod with 225/55 run­flat tyres. It’s also an en­joy­able car to drive spirit­edly on bendy, trunk roads. The Q50, I’m happy to say, feels very much like a Euro­pean car, most of which are renowned for their high-speed per­for­mance, sta­bil­ity and com­po­sure.

De­spite its age, this is one of those cars I’d dare rec­om­mend to you, for a se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion. It’s still “fresh”, as far as my eyes, hands, legs and bum are con­cerned! Also, you’re look­ing at quite a rare car in Malaysia, com­ple­mented by the In­finiti level of pre- and af­ter­sales ser­vice tai­lored for peo­ple with “dis­cern­ing taste” cars.

Fully-im­ported from Ja­pan, it goes for RM239,800 (on-the-road, with GST, with­out in­sur­ance, for Penin­su­lar Malaysia and pri­vate reg­is­tra­tion). Add just an­other RM36,000 and you’d get the GT Pre­mium op­tional pack­age con­sist­ing of high-tech fea­tures such as the world’s first steer-by­wire sys­tem – Di­rect Adap­tive Steer­ing (DAS) – which al­lows un­prece­dented driv­ing com­fort, safety and steer­ing pre­ci­sion; the world’s first Ac­tive Lane Con­trol (ALC) which uses a cam­era-based tech­nol­ogy to fur­ther en­hance lane-keep­ing ca­pa­bil­ity and safety; Pre­dic­tive For­ward Col­li­sion Warn­ing (PFCW) and In­tel­li­gent Cruise Con­trol; For­ward Emer­gency Brak­ing (FEB); Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing (LDW) and Lane De­par­ture Preven­tion (LDP) sys­tems; Blind Spot Warn­ing (BSW) with Blind Spot In­ter­ven­tion (BSI) sys­tems; and Around View Mon­i­tor (AVM) with Mov­ing Ob­ject De­tec­tion. Other hard­ware in­clude 18-inch alu­minium al­loy wheels and 225/50 run­flats, Adap­tive Front-light­ing Sys­tem (AFS), Au­to­matic High Beam head­lights and a more awe­some sound sys­tem.

The GT Pre­mium Sport pack­age is about RM10,000 more – which in­cludes ev­ery­thing the GT Pre­mium pack­age has, but with a sports front bumper, 19-inch alu­minium al­loy wheels with 245 sec­tion run-flat tyres.

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