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