Infiniti Q60 Coupe Review

Infiniti Q60 Coupe Review

Think of the Infiniti Q60 Coupe as an athlete in a tuxedo. As it shares its basic platform and powertrain with Nissan's Z car, the Q60 boasts the handling and performance of a sports car along with the posh interior and creature comforts of a luxury model. It's an intriguing combination, and it gets even better with ample feature content and reasonable pricing.

With its powerful performance and well-trimmed cabin, the Infiniti Q60 makes for a tempting alternative to pricier European-label rivals as well as dedicated sports cars. It offers greater affordability than the former and a more livable and comfortable nature than the latter, while giving up little in terms of ultimate thrills. Indeed, savvy driving enthusiasts looking for a well-rounded luxury sport coupe would do well to consider this popular all-star.

Note that this model was previously known as the Infiniti G Coupe, which is covered in a separate review.

Current Infiniti Q60 Coupe Models
Though technically introduced for 2014, the Infiniti Q60 Coupe is essentially the previous G37 Coupe with a new name. This four-seat luxury sport coupe is offered in four trim levels: the Q60 Journey, the Q60 AWD, the Q60S 6MT and the Q60 IPL. There is also a Q60 Convertible, which is reviewed separately.

All Q60 Coupes pack a 3.7-liter V6 engine. All are rated at 330 horsepower except the IPL, which boasts 348 hp. A seven-speed automatic transmission featuring manual-shift paddle control and rev-matched downshifts is standard on all except the Q60S 6MT, which swaps the automatic for a six-speed manual transmission. All are rear-wheel drive except the Q60 AWD, which obviously has an all-wheel-drive system.

In keeping with tradition, the standard features are generous, with even the Journey boasting xenon headlights, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated power front seats, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a rearview camera and a six-speaker audio system with a CD changer, satellite radio and an iPod/USB audio interface. The Q60S 6MT's highlights include 19-inch wheels, summer performance tires, sport-tuned suspension and steering, upgraded brakes, a limited-slip differential and front sport seats, along with some of the Journey's optional equipment. This includes a sunroof, rear parking sensors, a Bose audio system (with Bluetooth audio) and a navigation system. The IPL ups the ante with a more powerful engine, sport-tuned exhaust, more aggressive suspension tuning and unique styling tweaks.

The Q60's cabin features user-friendly controls, excellent build quality and a handsome design -- the latter highlighted by such items as the car's leather-accented magnesium transmission paddle shifters and distinctive decorative trim. The front seats are comfortable and well-bolstered, while the optional sport-styled seats offer even more aggressive bolstering. Note, however, that they may be a bit too snug for larger drivers. As expected, the backseats are rather cramped and best suited for little kids or shopping bags.

In reviews, we've found that while it definitely has the luxury part of the equation down, it's the Q60 Coupe's ability to be a dynamic driving machine that makes it a great choice for serious driving enthusiasts. Handling is praiseworthy, as this coupe attacks curves with aggression and precision, yet remains poised and compliant when driven over broken pavement. Its rapid acceleration further contributes to this Infiniti's strong bang for the buck factor.

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