Compared to the dominance of SUVs, hatchbacks are the hard sell in the US, which ...
Compared to the dominance of SUVs, hatchbacks are the hard sell in the US, which is why crossovers have become more commonplace as of late. Well, at first glance, you might assume that Infiniti’s new QX30S is the hunky hatchback, but it’s technically the crossover SUV.
Compared to the forgettable Mercedes GLA 250 SUV on which it’s based on, Infiniti’s effort is pleasingly easy on the eye. Despite being FWD, Motor Trend found the QX30 lively and fun to drive in the road test. So, it looks good and drives well, and how does it perform?
To find out, the 2017 Infiniti, which has the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine delivering 208 horsepower and 258-lb-ft, took part in the unique face-off. Pitted against the vintage 1987 Porsche 928 S4, a supercar which produces 316 horsepower from its 5.0-liter V8 with the advantage of being RWD, the result may surprise you.
In the lap around Willow Springs International Raceway, the turbocharged SUV beat the powerful Porsche by the second. No, we don’t quite believe it either. It’s certainly the eye opener at how far automotive technology has come in the last 30 years.
If you were to go back in time to 1987, well, you would never have believed that the Porsche 928 S4, which was the fastest production vehicle on sale at the time rivaling the likes of the Ferrari 348 GTB, would be beaten by the family SUV in 30 years’ time.
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