The Infiniti Q60 sports coupe began life as the G37 coupe, which was rebranded in 2014 and completely redesigned for 2017 to be even more appealing with deep creases and flowing lines emphasizing the low, wide, powerful stance.
That powerful stance is backed up by more powerful engines, including new V-6 powertrain technology, with up to 400 horsepower for an exhilarating drive.
The daring exterior expresses Infiniti’s “Powerful Elegance” design philosophy, and features signature eye-inspired LED headlights (with LED Daytime Running Lights), chrome double-arch grille, and crescent-shaped C-pillars.
“Powerful Elegance” gives the sports coupe a sinewy, athletic look, and projects motion and power even while standing still. The headlights give an aggressive stare visible from the side as well as the front.
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A new infotainment system is also part of the redesign, along with numerous optional ways to customize driving dynamics, including performance-empowering world-first technologies.
Four trims are available, priced from $38,950 to $51,300, each offered with Intelligent All Wheel Drive for an additional $2,000. Two trims – Base and 2.0t Premium – have a 208-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo; the 3.0t Premium has a 300-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 twin-turbo; and the special new Red Sport 400 has a lightweight, sophisticated 400-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 twin-turbo.
All models come with an advanced seven-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control and steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.
Turbo Speed Sensors are among the performance-enhancing technologies, sensing the exact speed of each turbo to get closer to the engine’s maximum load capacity, increasing boost closer to the limit without blowing the whole thing.
Groundbreaking optional ($1,000) Direct Adaptive Steering has been upgraded as well. DAS allows the driver to customize the drive using three selectable steering modes – Heavy, Standard or Light – to suit driving needs or mood. Inputs are transmitted digitally, rather than mechanically, for a quicker, smoother response.
For this review, I drove a beautiful Liquid Platinum Red Sport model ($51,300) with striking Monaco Red semi-aniline leather deeply-bolstered Sport seats, Sport brakes with larger rotors and red front brake calipers, unique perforated dual exhaust tips, red “S” exterior badging, riding on 19-inch dark painted Sport wheels with five triple spokes, wearing summer performance tires, wider on the rear drive wheels.
Nine exciting exterior colors are available, including Dynamic Sunstone Red ($800), Midnight Black ($500), and Hagene Blue. Three interiors are available, depending on the exterior chosen – Monaco Red with Silver Optic Fiber, Gallery White, and Graphite with Carbon Fiber. A power-sliding, tinted-glass moon roof is standard.
An auto-leveling Adaptive Front Lighting System was included in a Technology Package ($1,850), and improved visibility at intersections and around curves by turning the headlights as the steering wheel turned. The package also brought High Beam Assist; Intelligent Cruise Control with full speed range, Distance Control Assist; Blind Spot Intervention, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention with Active Lane Control; Front Pre-Crash Seatbelts; Advanced Climate Control; and Eco Pedal.
Eco Pedal helps the driver achieve optimal fuel conservation by increasing the force needed to press the accelerator, which can be adjusted and can be overridden by pressing the accelerator quickly – such as in an emergency situation.
The EPA rated my Q60 Red Sport for 20 mpg in the city, 27 on the highway, and 22 combined. Driving on the highway most of the time, I averaged 23 mpg.
A sharp crease flowed from the front of the fenders, along the beltline, to just below the notched C-pillar, where it joined a sharp crease following the curve of the rear quarter panel to the edge of the rear spoiler. The hood met the front quarters with a high wave.
The rocker panels were deeply creased and flared with a charcoal mud guard at the front, while a large chrome-trimmed air vent accented the rear edge of the front fenders, which sported red “S” badges.
Front LED fog lights were nestled in gloss black, trimmed with angled chrome, echoing the eye-inspired headlights. A small crease at the top of the grille seemed to give a nod to an old-school hood ornament.
My Q60 had independent front and rear Sport suspension with Dynamic Digital Suspension, which balances comfort and performance to change from comfort-based to dynamic ride at the push of a button, continually adjusting to corners and road imperfections, all done digitally.
Drive Mode Selector, a toggle button located intuitively near the gear shifter, allowed me to select a driving mode based on road conditions or preference, using a list on the display screen. Selections included Personal, Sport +, Sport, Standard, Eco, and Snow. My preference is usually Standard or Eco, with an occasional test of Sport, and no need for Snow.
The exclusive interior was trimmed with eye-catching Silver Optic Fiber on the upper door panel and the center stack, sweeping down from the passenger side to the center console and around the cupholders. The plush, high-backed seats had a dark red insert following the seam of the bolster down to the front of the seat cushion – very striking. The rear seats were smaller versions of the front seats, with room for two children or small adults with short legs. The rear seatbacks folded for a little more cargo hauling.
An Infiniti Dual Display System with Infiniti Controller was the basis for the Bose Performance Series 13-speaker audio with Centerpoint surround sound and Active Noise Cancellation, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, and Infiniti InTouch with Navigation and Voice Recognition – included in the Premium Plus Package for $2,250. The package included InTouch Services, Navi Sync Adaptive Shift Control, XM Traffic, Heated Front Seats and Steering Wheel, and Remote Engine Start.
InTouch Services include automatic collision notification, remote door lock/unlock, emergency call, alarm notification, Google calendar, vehicle health report, and more.
Navi Sync Adaptive Shift Control uses the navigation system to scan the road ahead and adjusts the automatic shifting appropriately for upcoming turns, doing so very subtly.
Having two screens has advantages – the top screen mainly displays navigation maps and instructions, with the bottom screen handling functions for the audio system, InTouch apps, climate control, Bluetooth functions, and vehicle settings along with navigation controls. I liked not having to exit out or cover the navigation screen to change channels or adjust the cabin temperature.
A Driver Assistance Package ($2,250) brought Blind Spot Warning, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Backup Collision Intervention with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
With $7,350 in options and $905 destination charges, the delivered price of my Q60 Red Sport 400 was $59,555.
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