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No Manual Transmission Offered for 2014 Infiniti Q50

Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan will not offer a manual transmission when the all-new car hits dealerships next month.
  • The entire Q50 lineup will come standard with a seven-speed automatic.
  • An Infiniti spokesman says a manual could be offered in the future.

SANTA MONICA, California — The 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan will not offer a manual transmission when the all-new car hits dealerships next month. Instead, the entire Q50 lineup including the entry-level model equipped with a 328-horsepower 3.7-liter engine, and the up-level 360-hp Q50 Hybrid, will come standard with a seven-speed automatic.

But Infiniti spokesman Kyle Bazemore says that the possibility of a future manual-equipped Q50 isn't off the table.

"Hopefully a manual will be coming in the next few years," said Bazemore today during a conversation at Edmunds' Santa Monica headquarters. "But for now, the automatic is really very good."

Infiniti says the seven-speed automatic is a refined version of the unit offered in the 2013 G37. Q50 buyers will benefit from manual shift mode with paddle shifters, and a drive mode selector which includes Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow and Personal mode.

Fuel economy ratings for both powertrain combinations are impressive. The Q50 3.7 sedan earns 30 mpg highway and 20 mpg city for a combined EPA rating of 23 mpg. That number tops Infiniti's older G25 model with the smaller engine. The Q50 Hybrid is rated at 36/29/31 mpg for highway/city/combined. Infiniti says the hybrid sedan offers a best-in-class combination of performance and fuel economy.

Edmunds says: Manual enthusiasts will be limited to paddle shifters with the Q50, at least until the new model gets a few years of production in the can.


  • lions208487 lions208487 Posts:

    There's no need for a MT trans on the sedan. However, I can see enthusiasts throwing a fit if it's not going to be available in the Q60 coupe. Either way, I have driven plenty of Inifniti's and I look forward to test driving the Q. In addition, I prefer Nissan's 7 spd dual clutch auto over anything else in it's class.

  • bonzjr bonzjr Posts:

    We already knew this fact. It was announced -- and prominently acknowledged -- when the Q50 debuted at the NY Auto Show. I'll check back in around mid-October for all of the July automotive news.

  • bonzjr bonzjr Posts:

    Ugh. Self-correction: the Q50 debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Point still applies. @ lions208487: the Nissan/Infiniti 7-speed auto is not a dual-clutch unit. It's a traditional electronic slushy torque converter automatic (albeit a decent one for what it is).

  • lions208487 lions208487 Posts:

    @bonzjr- Time for another correction sir. The G37 has used a 7 spd dual clutch since 09. However, the electronic 7 spd w/od manual was on the sedan and the dual clutch from the M was available on the G37 coupe. In addition, both sedan and coupe incorporat

  • gtrguy2012_ gtrguy2012_ Posts:

    I have driven the g37 coupe with that 7 speed dual clutch, and for you to say it's the best in the class is just not true. The best by far is Audi's 7 speed true tiptronic in the S4. That is by for the best dual clutch tranny I have experienced in this segment.

  • lions208487 lions208487 Posts:

    @gtrguy2012- I have only taken the S4 for a few test runs, so I can't say it's better or worse. However, my personal preference is the 7 spd in the Infiniti.

  • cjasis cjasis Posts:

    @gtrguy2012 and @lions208487 - IMO, you're both wrong. The latest version of Porsche's PDK is head and shoulders above any other dual clutch gearbox on the market. It's not even close. Back on topic - I understand and appreciate the reasons for Nissan

  • gtrguy2012_ gtrguy2012_ Posts:

    @ cjasis, keyword here is in *CLASS*. The S4 somewhat is in the same class as a G37 sedan. Porsche offers nothing in this segment, and of course their 100k+ sports cars have better Dual clutches, I would hope so.

  • No manual???? Its a crime not to put a manual in car. Automatics i can live without. Who invented them anyways??? The worst thing to happen to cars EVER!!!! But i guess US will have to be different from the rest just like choice of sports, the choice of transmissions on a car is also bad!

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