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Hmm... He called the car the G50...

Most "reviewers" lose credibility with me when they can't even site the name of the car right. It shows you how much thought they actually put into the review, in my opinion.

Despite that error, I kept reading, and he actually knocks the hybrids acceleration... Just wow. This guy must be used to launching in a Bugatti Veyron, because that's crazy to me.
As for the leather feeling like "beef jerky," I don't know where he came to that assessment. I find the seats very comfortable, and everyone that has ridden in my car has told me how "plush" and soft the seats were. Oh well. Regardless of reviews, I love my Q50 :)
 

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Hmmmm...I wonder how he knows that.... :p
 
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Hmm... He called the car the G50...

Most "reviewers" lose credibility with me when they can't even site the name of the car right. It shows you how much thought they actually put into the review, in my opinion.
I'm sure it was just a typo since he used "Q50" everywhere else. I mean, come on, I'll still read your posts even though you didn't spell "cite" correctly. :D

As for the "beef jerky", I said in a post several weeks ago that the "fake leather" in the model I sat in felt dry to the touch. I don't know if this is what the guy meant by "beef jerky". I can't comment on how the "real leather" feels. But to me, the fake leather felt ok and the seats felt comfortable the few minutes I sat in it.
 

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he cut a piece off the seat and eat it;)
Actually the other way around! I think he owns a seat wrapped in beef jerky! Hahaha! :p
 

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I sorta get the feeling that 80% of all of the reviews I've seen and read have said the same thing---

It's a really good car but it's not a game changer in the same way that the ATS was last year.
The problem is that they don't have models under it yet. It's being judged unfairly. If you look at it as the successor to the G37, it's a home run.

Still think this is a good start to a new era of Infiniti, despite Intouch and some curiously missing options. 10 years from now people will look back and say "Infiniti sure has come a long way since the Q50". I mean, they got the fit and finish right, the interior finish and material quality, the styling (minus the rear, I agree with some that it's too Sonata/Elantra BUT it's not their fault Hyundai copies them relentlessly).

Regardless of your feelings about the Q50, you have to admit, Infiniti beats most of the competition in technology hands down, and their powerplants have been bulletproof to the point of boredom for the automotive press. They just need to inject some emotion into the next few models, some balls maybe, because the Q50 comes off as a little soft as a driver's car (and runflats don't help).

I know the Q60 will change minds. The 370Z is due for a platform upgrade and a revolutionary drivetrain, which I imagine the Q60 will share to a certain extent. Turbocharged 6, just like the M3 and M4 are getting. IPL Q60 will get a bigger turbo or chip upgrades for more output. I think they're done playing games with the IPL brand and will shock buyers with how serious they've gotten, next year. Lexus is serious about F now, with the IS-F, IS F Sport, GS F Sport and soon, the GS-F with a rumored V8 or turbo 6. Infiniti won't sit idly by watching Lexus school them at the Nurburgring time after time. Infiniti has some big things coming; they have no choice but to bring the fury. :cool: We still don't know what the Q70 (or Q80 and up) could look like either. If they want to play tit-for-tat with Lexus and BMW, they have an LFA competitor in the Essence, which looked production ready years ago, and the new design language is firmly rooted in the Essence.

Back to the review. Beef jerky leather? Compared to what? I test drove a couple and found no fault with the leather. If it was hard and uncomfortable, I would have complained, because my 6' 7" frame puts some pressure on a chair. I thought the seats were so excellent I didn't have much to say about them. Sport models may differ as I didn't drive one and can't comment. I'm surprised the reviewer failed to mention the beloved comparison vehicles don't even offer leather in some trims (IS F Sport, Mercedes C Class). Unless you're rolling in a Bentley, Maserati, Spyker or anything else with hand-selected diamond-pleated grade AAA glove leather interiors, you're not going to get super supple leather. You know what else you won't get? Leather that nice for less than 120k, starting. For this point alone, the author is ridiculous. However, if the author had to dig this deep to nitpick, it goes to show his expectations (due to fit, finish, and presentation) were so astronomical, he expected Bentley leather also. That alone speaks volumes about the Q50, if I'm not reading too much into it. Kinda like if Kia managed to clone a Rolls Royce, and used hard plastic panels for the doors, you'd say, "why isn't there hand-stitched leather surrounding birdseye maple trim on these doors", because the presentation set you up to expect that also.


Sorry for the TL;DR but I've been gone for a while. :)
 

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I'm sure it was just a typo since he used "Q50" everywhere else. I mean, come on, I'll still read your posts even though you didn't spell "cite" correctly. :D

As for the "beef jerky", I said in a post several weeks ago that the "fake leather" in the model I sat in felt dry to the touch. I don't know if this is what the guy meant by "beef jerky". I can't comment on how the "real leather" feels. But to me, the fake leather felt ok and the seats felt comfortable the few minutes I sat in it.
I, also, read the entire article, regardless of the "typo." And he did use "Q50" everywhere else, but as a writer for the Los Angeles Times, and an automobile reviewer at that, it makes him seem less credible when reviewing something like this. I'm assuming he's heard the nomenclature enough by now, especially since he reviews cars, to be familiar with it. But I guess I can see it as a slip of the finger.

As for the review goes, some of what he says just doesn't make sense. I don't understand what he means about the "abrupt downshifts" on the hybrid model. I never feel or even notice my car downshifting. I will, however, agree with him on the regenerative braking - that takes some getting used to and it almost feels a bit jerky at times.

As for the seats, again, he specifically said the leather on the seats, not the fake leather. I can't attest to the base-model Q50, but the leather on the seats that I have don't feel dry at all. At least not to me.

One other thing that struck me as interesting is that they didn't mention the DAS at all. Something that has been a huge deal in almost every other review, doesn't even get a blip in this one.
 

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I will, however, agree with him on the regenerative breaking - that takes some getting used to and it almost feels a bit jerky at times.

Wow, my car hasn't broken one time, and yours continues to break, and then puts itself back together and breaks again and again? I certainly would have that looked at.:D


 

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I will, however, agree with him on the regenerative breaking - that takes some getting used to and it almost feels a bit jerky at times.

Wow, my car hasn't broken one time, and yours continues to break, and then puts itself back together and breaks again and again? I certainly would have that looked at.:D


I fixed it OK! :p
 
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