The Car Connection INFINITI Q60 Overview
The Infiniti Q60 is a luxury two-door coupe that serves as the automaker's de facto flagship car. It's handsome and fast, packed with Infiniti's newest tech.
Competition comes mainly from Germany—including the BMW 4-Series coupe and convertible, hard- and soft-top versions of the Audi A5 and S5, and Mercedes-Benz's C-Class coupe—but also from the new Lexus RC coupe and Caddy's two-door ATS variant.
The Q60 is new for 2017 and mostly unchanged for 2018 aside from renamed trim levels.
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The new Infiniti Q60
For 2017, Infiniti unveiled a new coupe based on the Q50. The new Q60 follows the same powertrain lineup as well with a trio of turbocharged options. A base 2.0-liter turbo-4 is standard, but an updated 3.0-liter V-6—distantly related to the Nissan GT-R engine—is available in two tunes: 300 and 400 horsepower. A 7-speed automatic is the only transmission available, and all-wheel drive is available on every powertrain.
The Q60 shows off a new styling language for Infiniti, dubbed "Powerful Elegance," which it shows off in its muscular and organic nose.
Base versions start at Pure, with Premium models next. From there, 3.0t Premium models are next, then Sport, and finally the coupe's top-of-the-line Red Sport trims replaces the brand's former performance pinnacle, which it called IPL. Frustratingly, telling these cars apart comes down to what color the "S" badge is on the cars—a silver S means there are 300 horses available under the hood, a red S means there's 400.
All models get the same interior layout, including Infiniti's dual touchscreen setup that it cribbed from the Q50. The coupe places more of a premium on front passengers than the sedan, however, with better room up front for driver and passenger.
Infiniti also used the Q60 coupe to unveil its latest "drive-by-wire" steering system that replaces mechanical linkages with an electronically controlled setup. The automaker called it Direct Adaptive Steering, and made it available as an option in Premium trimmed models.
Q60 and G Coupe History
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, which was introduced in 2003. Powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 from which it took 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 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, a gain of about 10 percent over the G35. A 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-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 6-speed manual transmission. The other three models feature a 7-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-hp, 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.
Both body styles were available with a manual transmission, while only the coupe offers all-wheel drive. In the transition from G37 to Q60, Infiniti dropped the former base G37 coupe, leaving the Q60 Coupe Journey, the Q60 Coupe AWD, and the Q60S Coupe 6MT. Convertibles were available in two trim levels: the Q60 Convertible and the Q60S Convertible 6MT. Infiniti also offers its high-performance IPL versions of both body styles.
The primary differences between versions of the Q60 were by their extended names: the Q60 Coupe AWD was the only variant to offer all-wheel drive, while the Q60S Coupe and Convertible 6MT were only models to offer a 6-speed manual transmission. As with the G37 cars before it, a paddle-shifted 7-speed automatic was standard on the rest of the Q60 range. The same 330-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 engine that powered the G37 provided the Q60's motivation.
Higher-performance versions were also available from the Infiniti Performance Line, or IPL, range. Both the coupe and convertible were offered in Q60S IPL and Q60S IPL 6MT versions. Again, the difference between the two were the transmissions; 6MT models had a 6-speed manual, while the standard car used the 7-speed automatic found in the rest of the Q60 range. All IPL versions of the Q60 shared an upgraded, 348-hp version of the 3.7-liter V-6 engine as well as suspension and styling tweaks. They rode more firmly than the other cars, trading some of the balanced comfort for handling, which made them feel more related to the Nissan 370Z.
Standard equipment lists were extensive, with the Journey and other higher trims bringing more equipment and more options. All models included a standard 7.0-inch color information display; HID bi-xenon headlights; power windows, mirrors, door locks, and seats; keyless ignition; automatic climate control; and much more. Optional upgrades varied by model, but included sport-tuned suspension; an 11-speaker Bose audio system (standard on the Sport model); a dual-occupant memory driver's seat; GPS navigation; voice-recognition control for infotainment and navigation; and sonar-assisted parking sensors.