2017 INFINITI Q60 Saloon

Its aggressive design and a duo of eager engines set the Q60 apart from the competition. The base engine is a 208-hp 2.0-liter turbo four, while the optional twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 makes 300 hp. Both pair to a seven-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available. The V-6 adds Infiniti’s dynamic suspension and adaptive steering technology. A 400-hp Red Sport model is out now. This might be Infiniti’s best-looking car to date, and that’s saying something.

Remember when Infiniti was a performance brand? Yeah, it has been a while since then, but Infiniti appears to be getting some of its mojo back. The new, athletic-looking 2017 Q60 coupe is leading the charge, but is it the second coming of the beloved original G35 coupe?

Yes and no. One reason the Q60 can’t be considered the second coming of the G35 is because, in a very fundamental sense, the G35 never really left. The Q60’s architecture is an evolution of the FM platform that underpinned the original G35 as well as every G35, G37, and Q60 coupe since (plus their sedan counterparts). Every one of those coupes has ridden on the same 112.2-inch wheelbase, and while the Q60 has grown wider and longer overall, its front and rear track widths have increased by less than an inch. Since the original G35 and the new Q60 are within 0.1 inch in height, the identical amount of passenger space (a snug 86 cubic feet) should come as no surprise. And, alas, the Q60’s trunk remains small and somewhat challenging to load because of its high liftover.

Things have definitely changed under the hood, however. Whereas the G35’s sole engine was Nissan’s VQ 3.5-liter V-6 with 280 horsepower, today’s Q60 offers a three-engine lineup: one inline-four and two VR 3.0-liter V-6s, all three direct injected and turbocharged. The way we see it, the rightful heir to the G35’s legacy is the top-spec Red Sport 400, with its twin-turbocharged V-6 churning out a hearty 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. And so we took temporary custody of a rear-wheel-drive Q60 Red Sport 400 (all-wheel drive also is available), drove the stink out of it, and performed a battery of instrumented tests to see if it can indeed fill the G35’s shoes—and, more broadly, whether it might help restore Infiniti’s performance-brand image.

Q Is for Quick

First of all, this coupe is quick. We clocked a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.5 seconds, the same figure we achieved in the Q50 Red Sport 400 sedan and a full 1.5 seconds quicker than the first G35 coupe we tested back in 2003. Furthermore, with all 350 lb-ft of torque available from 1600 to 5200 rpm, a healthy supply of thrust is always readily available, with just a whiff of turbo lag. On more than one occasion while cruising at 30 mph or so, we induced wheelspin by hammering the go pedal.

Sadly, the 2017 Q60 is the first Infiniti coupe since the M30 to deny buyers the option of a manual transmission. Infiniti’s ubiquitous seven-speed automatic is the sole gearbox, and we don’t especially love it here, as it lacks the slickness of the eight-speed automatic in the BMW 4-series (a car that still offers a stick, by the way). Not helping its cause is the VR engine’s general lack of charisma, plus its gruffness at high revs. Toggling the driving-mode selector to Sport or Sport Plus adds some life to the powertrain and brings rev-matched downshifts during aggressive driving, but the athleticism displayed here can be likened more to a weightlifter than a ballroom dancer: It’s strong and capable when summoned but would just as soon sit down and towel off as stay on the floor and dazzle the crowd.

Same Grip, Different Grasp

While the coupe’s outer dimensions haven’t changed much in 15 years, the amount of safety, technology, and equipment packed within has, resulting in a nearly 400-pound weight gain from the original, to 3866 pounds today. At least that weight is well managed from a body-roll standpoint, and at the skidpad, the Red Sport 400 matched but didn’t surpass the old G35’s 0.90 g of lateral grip. At 163 feet, its braking distance from 70 mph stretched six feet farther despite new, larger rotors and four-piston front and two-piston rear brake calipers. That said, the brake pedal felt damn near perfect, which inspired confidence.

As close as the Q60 and G35 may be in ultimate grip, as well as sharing intangible qualities such as unflappable high-speed stability and neutral overall balance, actually wheeling them around couldn’t feel more different. Blame the lifeless—and, fortunately, optional—Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS) system fitted to the Q60. At just 2.0 turns lock-to-lock, it’s quick and fairly precise, yet it’s worlds away from the G35’s hydraulically assisted setup in terms of communication. This has been a common criticism as the industry has adopted electrically assisted power steering, but Infiniti’s DAS is a steer-by-wire system, so it not only feels disconnected, it actually is disconnected, with all its feedback simulated. Infiniti, though, continues to refine it and now offers three selectable ratio/effort settings: standard, Sport, and Sport Plus. Within the two Sport settings are three choices for off-center response: default, Dynamic, and Dynamic Plus. The most satisfying configurations, we found, are the Sport and Sport Plus settings combined with Dynamic Plus response.

Slippery Shape

To say that the Q60 is more highly styled than the G is obvious; the original design’s subtle modernity looks like a lightly used bar of soap next to the Q60’s flowing metal forms, chrome bands, superfluous garnishes, and wavy grille inserts. Compared with the standard car, the Red Sport 400 is marginally sportier with its red-painted brake calipers, specific exhaust tips, and rear wheels that are 0.5 inch wider than the fronts. With a low 0.28 coefficient of drag, it’s impressively aerodynamic, too.

The interior makes a strong first impression, especially when equipped with the shimmering “silver optic fiber” trim, as in our test car. But after plopping down into its splendid front seats and nesting their elbows in the artfully designed door panels, front-seat occupants will see a dashboard that dates back to the Q50 of 2013. And the sense of quality trails that of some competitors, what with the plastic rings around the speedometer and tach, the inelegant banks of climate-control buttons, and the dual stacked navigation/infotainment screens with varying resolutions, suggesting they came from different suppliers—or maybe even different eras.

That said, the Red Sport 400’s luxury quotient is the highest ever for an Infiniti coupe. The standard 13-speaker Bose surround-sound system blasts music through more than twice as many speakers as the old G, while creamy semi-aniline leather and intricate contrast stitching add appreciable class. And it’s oh, so quiet inside, registering a hushed 67 decibels at 70 mph compared with 72 decibels inside the G35 coupe.

Power Packed, Package Packed

Our Red Sport 400, which starts at $52,205, also came loaded with options, many of which were never offered on the original 2003 G, if they had even been invented back in 2003. The $1850 Technology package brings adaptive cruise control, blind-spot intervention, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive headlamps, auxiliary audio and video inputs, automatic high-beams, and more. The $2250 Driver Assistance package adds blind-spot warning, forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree-view monitor with moving-object detection, backup collision intervention, and rain-sensing wipers. Our car also had the $2250 Premium Plus package, which includes navigation, Infiniti InTouch telematics services, navigation-linked adaptive shift programming, SiriusXM traffic, heating for the front seats and steering wheel, and remote engine start. And, finally, the DAS adaptive-steering system tacked on $1000, bringing the grand total to $59,555.

With its head-turning looks, strong twin-turbo V-6, and comfortable cabin, the Q60 Red Sport 400 serves Infiniti well as a halo car. Even so, its added heft and lack of visceral feel likely will keep it from attaining the level of reverence that was bestowed on the G35 as a performance coupe.

Specifications

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy : MPG 28
Cruising Range – City : mi 420.00
EPA Fuel Economy Est – City : MPG 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined : MPG 24
Cruising Range – Hwy : mi 560.00
EPA MPG Equivalent – City : N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent – Hwy : N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent – Combined : N/A
Battery Range : mi N/A

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx : gal 20
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx : gal N/A

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume : ft³ 8.7

Brakes

Brake Type : N/A
Brake ABS System : 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) : N/A
Disc – Front (Yes or ) : Yes
Disc – Rear (Yes or ) : Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness : in 12.6
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness : in 12.1
Drum – Rear (Yes or ) :
Rear Drum Diam x Width : in

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year : 7.4
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score : N/A

Transmission

Drivetrain : All Wheel Drive
Trans Order Code :
Trans Type : 7
Trans Description Cont. : Automatic w/OD
Trans Description Cont. Again :
First Gear Ratio (:1) : 4.78
Second Gear Ratio (:1) : 3.10
Third Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.98
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.37
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.00
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) : 0.87
Reverse Ratio (:1) : 3.86
Clutch Size : in N/A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) : 3.13
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) : 0.78

Vehicle

EPA Classification : Subcompact Cars

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Capacity : 4
Passenger Volume : ft³ 84.6
Front Head Room : in 37.4
Front Leg Room : in 43.1
Front Shoulder Room : in 54.6
Front Hip Room : in 53.9
Second Head Room : in 34.5
Second Leg Room : in 32.4
Second Shoulder Room : in 52
Second Hip Room : in 47.9

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight : lbs 3895

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. : lbs N/A
Dead Weight Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. : lbs N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. : lbs N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. : lbs N/A

Engine

Engine Order Code :
Engine Type : Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Displacement : 2.0 L/121
Fuel System : Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM : 208 @ 5500
SAE Net Torque @ RPM : 258 @ 1500

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) : N/A
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) : 150

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity : qts N/A

Suspension

Suspension Type – Front : Double Wishbone
Suspension Type – Rear : Multi-Link
Suspension Type – Front (Cont.) : Double Wishbone
Suspension Type – Rear (Cont.) : Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter – Front : mm N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter – Rear : mm N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter – Front : in N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter – Rear : in N/A

Tires

Front Tire Order Code :
Rear Tire Order Code :
Spare Tire Order Code :
Front Tire Size : P255/40VR19
Rear Tire Size : P255/40VR19
Spare Tire Size :

Wheels

Front Wheel Size : in 19 X 9
Rear Wheel Size : in 19 X 9
Spare Wheel Size : in
Front Wheel Material : Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material : Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material :

Steering

Steering Type : Rack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall : N/A
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) : N/A
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb : ft 37.4
Turning Diameter – Wall to Wall : ft N/A

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase : in 112.2
Length, Overall : in 184.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors : in 72.8
Height, Overall : in 54.9
Track Width, Front : in 61.2
Track Width, Rear : in 62.2
Min Ground Clearance : in 4.9
Liftover Height : in N/A

Features

MECHANICAL

Engine: 2.0L I4 Turbo
Transmission: Electronic 7-Speed Automatic -inc: manual shift mode and Downshift Rev Matching
Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode, Sequential Shift Control and Oil Cooler
Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
3.13 Axle Ratio
75-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
150 Amp Alternator
4894# Gvwr
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Hydraulic Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
20 Gal. Fuel Tank
Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
Permanent Locking Hubs
Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential

EXTERIOR

Wheels: 19″ Aluminum Alloy -inc: machine surfaced finish and chrome plated lug nuts
Tires: P255/40R19 All-Season Run-Flat
Clearcoat Paint
Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
Body-Colored Front Bumper
Body-Colored Rear Bumper
Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
Body-Colored Door Handles
Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
Light Tinted Glass
Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
Chrome Grille
Trunk Rear Cargo Access
Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
Front Fog Lamps
Perimeter/Approach Lights
LED Brakelights

ENTERTAINMENT

Radio: AM/FM HD Radio -inc: Bose Performance Series 13-speaker (+7) premium audio system w/genuine metal speaker grilles, Bose Centerpoint surround sound, CD w/MP3 playback capability, speed-sensitive volume control, 2 USB connection ports for iPod interface, flash drive or other compatible devices, Bluetooth streaming audio, SiriusXM Satellite radio w/90-day trial subscription and steering wheel-mounted audio controls
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Aux Audio Input Jack, Voice Activation and Radio Data System
Window Grid Diversity Antenna
Premium Amplifier
Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
3 LCD Monitors In The Front

INTERIOR

Front Bucket Seats -inc: 8-way power driver’s seat w/adjustable lumbar support and 8-way power front-passenger’s seat
Front Seats w/Leatherette Back Material and Manual Driver Lumbar
8-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Lumbar Support and Power Rear Seat Easy Entry
8-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Power Rear Seat Easy Entry
Full Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Fixed Rear Windows
Leather Steering Wheel
Front Cupholder
Rear Cupholder
Compass
Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
Valet Function
Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Power Fuel
HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
Illuminated Locking Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Interior Trim -inc: Aluminum Instrument Panel Insert, Aluminum Door Panel Insert, Aluminum Console Insert, Chrome And Aluminum Interior Accents and Leatherette Upholstered Dashboard
Full Cloth Headliner
Leatherette Door Trim Insert
Leather/Aluminum Gear Shift Knob
Leatherette Seating
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
Front And Rear Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
Cargo Space Lights
FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
Smart Device Integration
Driver And Passenger Door Bins
Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Trip Computer
Outside Temp Gauge
Analog Display
Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Fixed Rear Head Restraints
Front Center Armrest
2 Seatback Storage Pockets
Perimeter Alarm
Engine Immobilizer
2 12V DC Power Outlets
Air Filtration

SAFETY

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Rear Child Safety Locks
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
RearView Monitor Back-Up Camera

Intelligent All-Wheel Drive

Intelligent All Wheel Drive sends Q60’s considerable power to all four wheels when you need it, and as conditions begin to clear, up to 100% of the power is sent to the rear for heart-racing performance.

Form Meets Function

Every aspect of the Q60 Coupe’s luxurious interior has been thoughtfully designed for comfort, elegance and intuitive function.

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