Two Asian performance Sedans battle it out on the drag strip to determine which is the quickestby Dim Angelov, on
If you are currently on the market for a performance sedan, you have a lot of options. So much so that it’s almost impossible to choose unless you favor a specific brand. With this in mind, sometimes what can tip the scales in favor of one car is performance. YouTube channel Sam CarLegion helps simplify things with a series of drag races. This time it’s the new Genesis G70 3.3t versus the Infiniti Q50 RedSport. The two cars go head to head in eight drag races, and the results are quite different and intriguing.
On paper, the two performance sedans match each other almost pound for pound. Both cars have twin-turbo V-6 engines.
The Infiniti’s 3.0-liter unit produces 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet (475 Nm), while the G70’s 3.3-liter engine puts out 368 horsepower and 376 pound-feet (510 Nm).
Both cars are all-wheel-drive. The Infiniti relies on a seven-speed automatic while the Genesis has an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The G70 also has a slight weight advantage at 3,887 pounds (1,763 kg) vs 3,998 pounds (1,813 kg).
At Sam CarLegion, the drag races are done after warming up the tires and the engines, so “it’s not cold turkey” – a good idea, since all drag races on the channel are filmed in Ontario, Canada. The cars make a total of eight runs, the first five being from a dig, while the last three with a 25 mph (40 km/h) roll-out.
The first two races are done in normal mode. The Infiniti botches the start, allowing the G70 to take “first blood”. The second race shows the G70’s torque advantage and more responsive gearbox. However, towards the end of the quarter-mile, the more powerful Q50 RS starts catching up. Had the race continued to the half-mile, the Infiniti would have taken the win.
Race three and four are done in sport mode and both wins go to the Infiniti, which wins by half a car.
Race five and six are done in sport mode with traction control off. The Genesis has a better launch, but the more powerful Infiniti catches up and takes the win. On the sixth race, the G70 has a bad start, giving the Q50 a decisive win.
Race seven and eight are from a 25 mph (40 km/h) roll-out. The Q50 botches the first start, but more than makes up for it in the last race, taking the win.
The video proved that the two cars are quite evenly matched. Sam points out that the interior of the Q50 gives out its age – it came out in 2013 and was facelifted in 2017. Nevertheless, it proves that it’s more than capable of keeping up with the more modern stuff like the brand new Genesis G70 3.3t.