New & Used Infiniti Q60: In Depth
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New for 2014, a name change has changed the former Infiniti G37 Coupe into the new Infiniti Q60 Coupe. Other than that, it’s gone essentially unchanged. (Confused? Check out our story on Infiniti's naming strategy to find out more about these changes in Infinit's new naming strategy.)
The Infiniti Q60 Coupe is a two-door, four-seat sports car, and its convertible variant replaces the hard top with a power-retractable soft top. It competes at the luxury end of the marketplace, against the likes of the BMW 3-Series coupes and convertibles, the Mercedes-Benz C Class coupe, and the Audi A5 and S5.
New features for the 2014 model year are few: a new exterior paint color, Venetian Ruby, but the departure of Vibrant Red and Lapis Blue paints. Three variants of the Q60 Coupe will be offered when it hits dealers in July, 2013: the Q60 Coupe Journey, the Q60 Coupe AWD, and the Q60S Coupe 6MT. The base model offered during the G37 Coupe naming era is no longer available.
The primary differences between versions of the Q60 follow their extended names: the Q60 Coupe AWD is the only variant to offer all-wheel drive, while the Q60S Coupe 6MT is the only to offer a six-speed manual transmission. As with the G37 Coupe before it, a paddle-shifted seven-speed automatic transmission is standard on the rest of the Q60 range. The same 330-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine that powered the G37 Coupe provides the Q60 Coupe's motivation.
The convertible version of the G37 will also join the coupe with the new name. Q60 Convertibles are available in two forms, the Q60 Convertible, and the Q60S Convertible 6MT.
Higher-performance versions are also available from the Infiniti Performance Line, or IPL, range. Both coupe and convertible will be offered in Q60S IPL and Q60S IPL 6MT versions. The primary difference between the two is the transmission; 6MT models get a six-speed manual, while the standard car uses the seven-speed automatic found in the rest of the Q60 range. All IPL versions of the Q60 share an upgraded 348-horsepower version of the 3.7-liter V-6 engine.
Standard equipment lists are extensive, with the Journey or other higher trims brings more equipment and more options. All models offer a standard 7-inch color information display; HID bi-xenon headlights; power windows, mirrors, door locks, and seats; remote keyless entry with auto-locking; automatic climate control; push-button start; and much more. Optional upgrades vary by model, but include: sport-tuned suspension; a Bose 11-speaker audio system (standard on the Sport model); dual-occupant memory driver's seat; DVD video playback; GPS navigation; voice-recognition control for infotainment and navigation; sonar-assisted parking sensors; and more.
Born of a sedan line that has itself grown from G35 Sedan to G37 Sedan to the all-new Q50, but built from the ground up to be a two-door, the Q60 draws its lineage back to the G35 Coupe, introduced in 2003. Powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 from which it drew its name, the G35 Coupe quickly drew attention for its pleasing, if none-too-daring styling, well-executed cabin, and engaging performance.
The G35 carried on until 2007, and in 2008, a new engine and a new body design brought us the G37 Coupe, followed a year later by the G37 Convertible. The new engine, a 3.7-liter V-6 bred from the 3.5-liter that preceded it, was rated at 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, a gain of about 10 percent over the G35. A six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic were offered, powering the rear-wheels, or, in G37x trim, all four wheels. All-wheel drive models were only offered with the automatic transmission.
Though the new 3.7-liter engine wasn't quite as sonorous as its predecessor, its high power output and willingness to rev up to its 7,500-rpm limit quickly won fans. As the model line developed, particularly in Sport trim, the G37 became recognized as a legitimate luxury/performance coupe, capable of running with the established German leaders of the segment, though at the expense of ride quality in more ordinary driving.
The previous G37 Coupe was available in four trim levels: base G37 Coupe; G37 Coupe Journey; G37 Coupe AWD; and G37 Coupe Sport 6MT. The Sport model was the only one to offer the six-speed manual transmission. The other three models feature a seven-speed automatic with available steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, manual shift mode, and downshift rev-matching. The G37 Coupe AWD is the only all-wheel-drive model, but all four share the same 330-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine.
In 2011, Infiniti introduced the IPL G37 Coupe, offering an up-rated 348-hp version of the 3.7-liter V-6 engine, IPL-tuned suspension, unique wheels, and unique aerodynamic bodywork. This high-performance version of the G37 Coupe puts an even sharper edge on the car than the Sport model. In late 2011, Infiniti unveiled the Convertible version of the IPL G ahead of initial sales for 2013. Otherwise, the G Coupe (and Convertible) carried into 2013 with only a few very minor changes.