The most important update is the arrival of a brand new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that replaces the 2015 model’s aging Nissan-derived 3.7-liter six. It generates 300 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 295 lb-ft. of torque from 1,600 to 5,200 rpm in its most basic state of tune. However, buyers who want more power can order the new-for-2016 Q50 Red Sport, a range-topping trim equipped with an evolution of the V6 that delivers 400 ponies at 6,400 rpm and a healthy 350 lb-ft. of torque from 1,600 to 5,200 rpm.
Moving down, the Q50’s base engine is a 2.0-liter turbo four that produces 208 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 258 lb-ft. of torque from just 1,500 rpm. All of the three aforementioned engines come standard with rear-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission controlled by shift paddles, but motorists who regularly tackle adverse weather conditions can order all-wheel drive at an extra cost.