2017 Infiniti Q60 Review

Four hundred horsepower just sounds like a lot of power, not quite Godzilla-esque, but something a bit below, like a T-Rex. When you read that horsepower number on a car’s spec sheet, as on this Infiniti Q60S Red Sport we’re testing, you might anticipate a rowdy, unmanageable, almost muscle-car wave of thrust when you put your foot down.

The Q60S is fast, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s not scary or intimidating in that delivery. The new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine is smooth, and while it lacks a bit of that signature sound-track from the old 3.7-liter V6, it makes up for it with the amount of power it puts out and the speeds it can achieve. The outgoing engine not only sounded great, but received the prestigious honour of being in Ward’s 10 Best Engines list for several years. How can this new motor and car surpass that kind of performance?

Wow that’s fast

When you put your foot down, you’ll notice it. No, not that initial lag that nearly all turbocharged engines are prone to exhibit, but there’s this steady boost that builds up and pushes the car forward. While 62 mph arrives in just around five seconds, the car is eager to do more. There’s 350 lb-ft of torque available practically anywhere in the rev range. Tap the throttle anytime between 1,600-5,200 rpm and the car will flex its muscles. There’s no need to worry about whether you’ll be able to make the pass or not. Unless you’re trying to drag race a Nissan GT-R, you’ll probably be faster than whatever is in the way.

But there’s more to the Q60S Red Sport than just the power. It’s the stability and display of composure that it can maintain while building so much speed. Both all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive models displayed solid grip. The standard 19-inch wheels and 255 width tires help with that. But the way the car feels so quiet and comfortable inside despite the high speeds outside involves much more than its tires.

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It starts at the steering wheel, where Infiniti’s unique direct adaptive steering system returns. This optional drive-by-wire setup incorporates no mechanical linkage between the tiller and front wheels. Instead, digital signals are sent from the driver’s inputs to a motor that actuates the front wheels. The actuator can also send signals the other way, from the front wheels to the driver’s hands through the steering wheel, but the way the Infiniti filters out unwanted road feel portrays a sense of isolation. There are seven different settings to dial in more feedback, or less. Even if you select the sporty and dynamic modes, it still won’t come close to imitating an old-school hydraulic steering setup, meaning it will feel less engaging than other rides out there.

High Tech

Maybe that’s the point though. The Infiniti Q60 comes with a number of advanced driver assistance and safety features. They include a special forward collision warning system with automatic braking that can detect up to two cars ahead of you. That technology also helps with the car’s adaptive cruise control. The lane-keep technology combines the direct adaptive steering system to make it easy to stay in your lane. At times, with this technology active, the Q60 almost feels like a self-driving car.

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A 4,000-pound (1,814-kg) coupe with 400 horsepower should be a bit hairy to drive, but the Q60S was a brilliant touring vehicle. Helping this is Infiniti’s dynamic digital suspension system, which uses electronically controlled dampers to keep things stable. Like the steering, this system can be adjusted for more or less feedback with sportier settings keeping the car more flat and engaging while cornering. Also helping this car’s weight feel insignificant are the solid brakes. 

Make it Personal

Almost every aspect of the Q60S can be personalized. The steering, suspension, drivetrain and even certain handling characteristics like Active Trace Control can be toggled between a variety of settings. Infiniti says that there are over 300 combinations of settings, meaning there’s likely a perfect one for you.

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No matter what you choose, you’ll still notice the Q60S is a fast, stable and comfortable machine. The interior is also clean looking with some unique touches. In addition to the usual suspects of trim design like dark maple wood, brushed aluminum and carbon-fiber is a flashy new silver optic-fiber trim, which looks like chromed carbon-fiber. It looks nice and vibrant in person. Infiniti is also offering a slick dark cherry red interior, which is a perfect shade for a sport-sedan like this. Unlike the bright and childish red offered in BMWs vehicles, the Infiniti’s interior looks far more mature while standing out.

Gorgeous

Interior design is solid, although the competition has started using fancier gauge clusters with more digital trickery. The Infiniti features a dual-screen infotainment system that can be a bit confusing at first glance. The top screen is controlled by a rotary knob behind the shifter, while the lower screen is a touch screen. Interestingly enough, in order to punch in destinations for the top screen to display on the map, you need to use the lower screen. It’s a bit confusing the first time you need to use it, but more usage will clearly increase your familiarity with it.

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The most glaringly obvious point about the Q60 is just how gorgeous it is. It’s beautiful and one of the best looking cars on the market today. There are no awkward angles, no strange creases, just one of the best overall designs you’ll ever see. Like the original Infiniti G Coupes that helped establish Infiniti today, the Q60 features a timeless design that you won’t get tired of looking at.

It’s interesting to bring up the Q60’s predecessor, the Infiniti G Coupe. The car featured an award-winning engine and eye-catching looks. It stood the test of time and is still a popular car with enthusiasts and the mainstream consumers. The Q60 is a different car now, though. It’s more grown up, able to cruise in isolation like a true luxury car, unlike the sport-focused G. It also features a personality that caters to those who like to customize and tinker with a wide variety of settings.

See also: 2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 vs Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG

The base Q60 starts at $38,950 and rises all the way to $54,205 for an all-wheel drive Q60S Red Sport. In Canada, the Q60 is only available with all-wheel drive, and starts at $45,990 CAD. It’s also worth mentioning the new engine earns a combined 22 MPG in rear-wheel-drive vehicles and 21 MPG in all-wheel-drive cars. A less powerful version of the same 3.0-liter turbo will also be offered making 300 horsepower, while a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine will be found in entry level models.  

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The Verdict: 2017 Infiniti Q60 Review

With the new Q60S Red Sport, Infiniti made competing with the BMW 4 Series, Audi S5 and Mercedes C-Class Coupe look easy. The car is a sight to behold and drives so smoothly and comfortably. While it might not be the same engaging and sporty car its predecessor once was, it’s far more luxurious and high-tech.

  • RYAN PHILLIPS

    At 4k lbs this thing is way too heavy. Only sports car getting away with that kind of weight now is the challenger with 485hp. Makes my descision of buying a 3650 lb 2 door with 460hp alot better and looks like gets the same gas mileage easily. I even have the manual 16 camaro ss. The automatic might even do better in fuel economy.

  • drod2045

    camaro and Q60 = not even close to being in the same class of competition. Your car matches your priorities. Obviously, a consumer that gets the Q60/A5/4/RC wants more luxury and more (subjective) style than offered by a camaro.

  • RYAN PHILLIPS

    HAHA drod you do not know your cars very well. There is nothing the inifinti Q60 offers over my 2SS camaro in regards to options or luxury. I have been a Nissan and infiniti salesperson, owner and fan for 20 years. When you make a 2 door luxury sports car you have to compete. Same reason the Camaro is compared to the wait for it????????? M4? Would that not be a 6 cylinder turbo luxury car as well? At 4k lbs you lost sight of a 2 door luxury sports coupe. When your last G35 and G37 was more on track. They need to start making the cars lighter not heavier.

    Car and Driver Quote about Q60 as sad as it is now: “Whatever happened to Infiniti’s great-driving coupe? They’re working on it.” Infiniti says it is still serious about building drivers’ cars.

    Ok a drivers sport luxury car weighing 4k lbs today is out of date. They had a better car in the g37 at 3650lbs. It may look nicer but not a better drivers car unfortunately.

    My car matches my priority. Yes a drivers 2 door sports luxury coupe. I am just disappointed Nissan has not done better to get back to their roots of a driver’s lightweight 2 door sports car with a somewhat usable back seat.

  • drod2045

    Why can’t people on the internet discuss without trying to be dramatic?

    The camaro does not compete with the M4 unless in top level trim; and even in that sense, it’s a performance comparison; not a large overlap in-terms of cross-shop comparison. Will there be folks who cross shop like yourself? Of course, but the % basis will be very low.

    Whether you like the Q60, or if C&D does or not is irrelevant to my point. I didn’t criticize your priorities; just stated that your purchase aligns with your priorities; and I’m glad you feel your purchase is properly justified. I’m not telling you to change your car; just telling you to enjoy your day.

  • drod2045

    Lastly: Please provide the link to back up this quote. There is no review on their website or youtube channel to substantiate this quote you posted (not that C&D opinions matters to me. I’m not in the buyers market for this vehicle or any vehicle)

    Your Quote:
    Car and Driver Quote about Q60 as sad as it is now: “Whatever happened to Infiniti’s great-driving coupe? They’re working on it.” Infiniti says it is still serious about building drivers’ cars.