2018 Infiniti Q60 Review First Drive

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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 optional. Dynamic suspension and adaptive steering technology is available with the V-6. The Q60 might be Infiniti’s best-looking car to date, and that’s saying something with a lineup of finely styled cars and SUVs.

Infiniti’s television spot for its Q60 coupe features Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, speeding through clichéd car-commercial corners as he recites William Blake with well-practiced intensity. It is an outstanding piece of highbrow marketing, clever and literate where so much car advertising is neither. It doesn’t hurt that its star matches Infiniti’s target demographic, minus a few years and gray hairs, such that those prospective owners might see the image of their best selves in the swarthy Brit.

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Yet, like many great ads, this one is a stretch. We have driven plenty of cars over the years that are exciting enough to make us wax poetic. This is not one of them. It’s drugs—not Infinitis—that make you start spouting Blake.

But before we call Jon Snow a know-nothing, it’s worth considering that this class of luxury sports coupes is currently without a true king. This is an arena that has changed since Infiniti last launched a new combatant, the 2008 G37. At that time, BMW had a lock on the segment, but its current 4-series has proved a disappointing successor, softer and less sporting than the 3-series coupe it replaced. The Cadillac ATS coupe and the Lexus RC have since emerged as a pair of upstart insurgents. Mercedes-Benz’s new C-class coupe posts perhaps the strongest challenge, at least until Audi’s new A5 and S5 arrive next year.

 

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Seeing Red

This gives Infiniti an opportunity with its replacement for the old G-series. The Q60 comes in four trim levels, starting with the base car ($39,855), powered by a 208-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The next step up is the 300-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6, which starts at $45,205. At the top of the heap sits the Red Sport 400, the model we drove here, a car named quite literally for the color of the S badge on its trunklid and the power output of its uprated twin-turbo V-6. The rear-drive version of the Red Sport 400 starts at $51,300, with all-wheel drive available for an additional $2000. On a dollar-per-horsepower basis, that gives it an edge, one that’s borne out in practice.

The V-6 revs quickly with minimal turbo lag, and it makes the Red Sport 400 speedy. It also makes a lot of high-pitched intake sounds without much exhaust noise. The Q60’s sedan counterpart, the Q50 Red Sport 400, clocked 4.5 seconds for the zero-to-60-mph sprint in our tests, and Infiniti says the nearly 3900-pound coupe weighs just nine pounds more than the sedan. They share the same seven-speed automatic and gearing, so we expect equivalent straight-line performance.

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