As far as competition goes, the 2014 Chevrolet SS sedan is almost in a class of its own. There aren’t too many other full-size four door sedans on sale for around $43,000 with over 400 horsepower and rear-wheel drive. Infiniti’s new Q50S sedan may be cross-shopped with the SS, though. Both the cars are rear-wheel drive and offer a certain level of performance while having a comfortable cabin with a multitude of amenities. So which one is better?
That’s what The Fast Lane Car set to find out with their comparison test of the SS and the Q50S. We suspect a more in-depth instrumented review of the two cars is just around the corner but for now, TFL Car sticks to drag racing the two vehicles. On paper, the SS is the faster of the two with a 4.5-second 0-60 mph time compared to the Q50’s time of 5.2 seconds. The Q50 will also run through the quarter in 13.8 seconds at 102.1 mph to the SS’ 12.9 seconds at 111 mph.
TFL Car’s results were a little different than what the numbers suggested, though. They do all their testing at IMI Motorsports Complex in Colorado, which just so happens to be 1 mile above sea level. As you may know, the air gets thinner as altitudes increase, which can force the engine to gasp for air a bit, especially when being pushed hard during a drag race. The Infiniti’s raspy 323 horsepower 3.7-liter V6 dealt with the high altitude a little better than the Chevy’s 6.2-liter LS3 V8 did and as a result, the two were pretty even during testing. Check out the two-part test in the videos below.