Poll: Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 or Audi S5?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Which beautifully designed high-performance coupe would YOU rather own, the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 or Audi S5? Well, you’d better pick one and vote in our f^*%!#* poll!

Truth be told, it’s hard to go wrong with either of these machines. They’re fast, drive well and are in the technological vanguard.

Red Sport 400 is the most potent version of Infiniti’s Q60, delivering – as its name implies – 400 horses. Torque measures 350 pound-feet, which peaks at just 1,600 RPM, sticking around until north of five-grand. For drivers that don’t need that much giddy up, a detuned version of this 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 is also offered, as well as a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

A seven-speed automatic is the only transmission offered, through rear- or all-wheel drive is available. Even though it clocks in at a little more than 4,000 pounds when equipped with four-corner traction, the Q60 Red Sport 400 should be plenty quick, doing the zero-to-60 deed in an estimated 5.0 seconds flat.

Clearly, the Audi S5 coupe has its hands full with this competitor. But don’t worry, the folks in Ingolstadt know what they’re doing.

Giddy-up is provided by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. Output clocks in at 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel this sultry coupe to 60 miles an hour in as little as 4.4 seconds. Not bad for a vehicle weighing 3,800 pounds and change.

Helping deliver this impressive performance is a standard eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Likewise, the brand’s legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system is included at no extra cost.

And even the standard A5’s base 2.0-liter turbo delivers ample acceleration. With 252 horses in its stable, this cars can reach mile-a-minute speed in as little as 5.6 seconds.

For added zest, the S5 is also offered as cabriolet and five-door Sportback models.

An all-wheel-drive Q60 Red Sport 400 starts at just about $55,000, which is basically dollar-for-dollar identical to the Audi S5’s entry price, meaning no car has a real advantage here.

But surely one will be more popular than the other, right? Please, compare each model here for additional information and don’t forget to vote in our latest poll!

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Right of right Right of right on Nov 10, 2017

    DUH is there a 3rd choice?

  • Mike Williams Mike Williams on Nov 13, 2017

    0-60 in 5 seconds for the RS400? What? Even the Silver Sport (Non Red Sport) has been timed doing 4.8. The RS400 with good Tires Constantly gets 4.4.-4.6 and the AWD has been timed at even 4.2-4.4. The Audi has a nicer interior but outside looks like a Passat.