THE INFINITI Q60 RED SPORT | The Sports Coupe Returns!
Although the Infiniti G37 coupe and convertible received only mild revisions when it was rebadged as the Infiniti Q60 for the 2014 and 2015 model years, the premium automaker’s only two-door coupe gets a thorough redesign for 2017. In addition to exclusive styling, the update includes new mechanical bits — some of which are also found on the redesigned 2016 Infiniti Q60 sedan with which it shares its chassis and 112.2-inch wheelbase.
While the previous model was powered by Nissan’s venerable naturally aspirated 3.7-liter VQ V-6, rated 325 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, the new 2017 Infiniti Q60 coupe is offered with a choice of powertrains and power ratings. The base engine is a new Mercedes-Benz-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 rated 208 hp and 258 lb-ft. Nissan’s new twin-turbo 3.0-liter VR V-6 is offered in two power ratings: 300 hp and 295 lb-ft or 400 hp and 350 lb-ft. All engines are backed by a seven-speed automatic.
Rear-drive is standard and all-wheel-drive is optional. All Red Sport 400 models feature the top-spec 400-hp version of the new VR engine. Out of all of them, we couldn;t help but test the highest of the engine variances, the 400 Sport in of course the only drive you can have a sports card in, rear.
LONG LIVE THE SPORTS COUPE
Right after getting into the updated Q60 you can tell this car was designed with performance in mind. Each inch of the driver’s seat hugs you and the dash is wrapped around you making you feel like you are in the cockpit of a true sports car. With the standard push button start, the car comes alive with a nice growl not heard in the 2.0 variant. My initial impressions is that this car, although heavier than some of its rivals, definitely has everything it needs to be a top contender in the segment; well that is other than no manual. Sorry kiddos, if you want to mash through the gears than the Q60 is not for you. The overall drive is nice but sporty; which is exactly what you would expect of a car at this price point. The acceleration is almost instantaneous with little if any turbo lag and passing on the highway is a breeze; with or without down shifting to get the engine roar oh so good while you are passing others by. With all the great things that this car does have, I must say that the drive by wire suspension kills all of the fun and feedback you would expect from a sports car. If I decide to buy one this is an option I will do without. It makes the car feel numb and in some cases killed all of the fun of whipping through corners because you didn’t know exactly where the wheels were going. The new Q60 gets revised shock absorbers, a new link layout, and new tuning for the shocks and bushings. Infiniti also offers a new Digital Dynamic Suspension with adaptive dampers and stiffer crossmembers. A Drive Mode Selector enables the driver to dial through six settings, including a “Customize” option for those not happy with the standard presets.
The available all-wheel drive system, which provides enhanced stability for greater traction in low-grip conditions by distributing torque 50:50 between front and rear wheels in its default setting, should improve the overall experience in just about any weather condition.
OUR VERDICT: LEASE IT!
It’s a tremendous improvement over the G37 and out going Q60 but there are just a few quirks that would prevent us from buying it. Hopefully the mid cycle refresh will remedy these issues.