- Vivid, responsive powertrains
- Excellent steering, handling
- Performance-focused AWD
- Dated cabin look
- Choppy ride with sport suspension
- Road and engine noise
- Almost useless rear seats
The 2015 Infiniti Q50 Coupe and Convertible carry a dated design forward with a new badge -- and if you can overlook much about the presentation, they're still sharp performance standouts.
If you have a family, it can be hard to make a case for putting a sports car in the garage. If you're a little more comfort-minded—or you want a little more practicality, or a better feature set, in a vehicle that's still fun to drive—the 2015 Infiniti Q60 Coupe or Convertible could be the kind of vehicle that will bridge that gap.
Until sometime later in the 2015 calendar year, when a replacement based on the new Q50 sedans arrives next year, what was previously known as the G37 Coupe and G37 Convertible each wear the Q50 badge for 2015. These models quite cleverly straddle demographic lines and provide the seat-of-the-pants thrills of a bad-boy sports car at times, with a lot more social grace. Pragmatic spouses might not reject the Q60 at first glance, yet it's the sort of vehicle that can fit right in for weekend track time.
There's definitely an upside and a downside to the appearance of the Q60. The Coupe especially is at once both sporty and elegant; it looks mature in the right ways, with a tailored, neat appearance, carrying itself with the stance and proportions of a sports car. The Convertible doesn't get short shrift in looks, and it manages to be quite voluptuous in its roofline, with an elegant retractable hardtop design. The downside to all of this is that the design hasn't been changed significantly since 2008, and while it's still quite stunning and contemporary on the outside, it shows its age inside, with dated interior trims and a layout feels cluttered, and frankly, upstaged by nearly every rival at this point.
What surely won't be upstaged, even in 2015, is the performance of these models. The 3.7-liter V-6 engine makes 330 horsepower, and winds enthusiastically up to a 7500-rpm redline. You can't go wrong with either of the transmission choices in the G37 Coupe or Convertible; we'd be satisfied with either the six-speed manual or the seven-speed automatic, though automatic, with its throttle-blipping and quick paddle-shifted responses, seems a more natural fit for this Infiniti's mission. Confident rear-drive handling is highlighted by very good steering in the Coupe. An excellent all-wheel drive system is available, but don't consider this a four-season vehicle even then unless you're willing to invest in some serious snow tires.
The ride is well damped, bordering on firm, and beware that if daily drive involves choppy pavement surfaces or coarse pavement (especially with the sport suspension, now part of the Limited model's equipment), the level of cabin noise in the Q60 could be a deal-breaker. Just as the ride quality and the level of refinement bring some conflicting impressions, so does the interior. At times the 2015 Infiniti Q60 Coupe and Convertible can feel like well-dressed sport coupes, and at other times they can feel quite lean and edgy for a vehicle with a full-fledged luxury badge. They're some of both, in truth.
In packaging, these models feel more like a spacious, albeit small, luxury coupe, with a cozy but tight driving space secured through a low seating position, deeply bolstered sport seats, and a high center console. In back, there are just two small buckets—even smaller in Convertible models—and in either case these are barely passable for small children. With the top up in the Convertible, think of these more as an auxiliary cargo shelf, as headroom becomes extremely limited.
The previous Q60 IPL Coupe and Convertible models are gone for 2015, replaced by a new Limited trim. That leaves 2015 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Journey, Q60 Coupe AWD, Q60S Coupe 6MT, Q60S Coupe Limited 6MT and Q60S Coupe Limited models this year. On the Limited, you get unique some unique interior and exterior trims, 19-inch 7-spoke Gloss Black-finish wheels, low-profile Bridgestone Potenza RE050A performance tires, a sport exhaust, and a sport suspension.
The base Q60 Journey includes automatic climate control, an intelligent key system, and leather upholstery, while higher Q60S trim grades get upgraded audio; a dual-zone climate system; intelligent cruise control; a hard-drive-based navigation system; and four-wheel active steering. A Sport Package brings quicker steering gear and bigger brakes, among other upgrades, while the Q60S brings upgraded wheels and performance tires, upgraded sport seats, memory seat settings, a power-adjustable steering wheel, aluminum pedals, a rear sonar system, Bose audio, and a hard-drive navigation system with NavTraffic and NavWeather. Through Premium, Navigation, and Technology packages, you can otherwise upgrade to extras like heated-and-cooled seats, intelligent cruise control, and rain-sensing wipers, and in Convertibles both the climate control and the available Bose audio system smartly have separate open-top modes.