Infiniti is bringing the heat this year with versatile new premium sporty whips. Late last year, they dropped their 2017 Q60, a sports coupe with a tailored drivetrain. The Infiniti Q60 has a sleek low-slung body with sophisticated style with sports car flair.
The new Q60 sports coupe is a proper reincarnation of Infiniti’s G35 coupe that Motorsports Correspondent Daryl still owns. But the Q60 is a bit wider at 72.8 inches with a 112 inch wheelbase.
The Q60 boasts big 19 or 20-inch alloy wheels and elegant LED headlight and taillights. Select Sport models have larger tires in the rear giving it a more menacing stance.
The Q60 sports coupe also has design features that enhance aerodynamics and reduce drag. Available active grille shutters will open at high speeds to increase engine cooling. Front fender vents direct air from the engine. Both the slender side mirrors and the deep muscle lines in the hood help the Q60 achieve a .28 drag coefficient.
Designers dial back the swag for the interior of the 2017 Q60 instead adding more technology to the powertrain. The driver-focused cabin of the Sport and Premium models feature white or red leather seats with contract stitching and silver glass or carbon fiber accents. The base Q60 features aluminum trim and optional black wood.
High bolstered seats help envelope and cushion the driver for the thrill-ride. And supposedly the NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) is at the lowest level in the segment thanks to Active Noise Cancellation and more insulated suspension.
The interior of the Q60 also features the familiar Infiniti InTuition central control system standard that includes dual screens, one of which has settings for comfort features like climate and seat positioning, plus navigation and infotainment. And for the first time in the brand’s production whips, a 13-speaker Bose audio system is standard.
The Infiniti Q60’s drivetrain is its most impressive attribute. Its sleek sporty exterior enhances its athletic performance. The Infiniti Q60 offers 3 engine options: a 2.0 liter 16-valve 4-cylinder, a 3.0 liter V6 with 300 horsepower and a 400 horsepower V6 – wowee!
The 4-cylinder has an impressive 208 horsepower (5,500 rpm), 258 lb-ft of torque (1,500 rpm) and a combined EPA of 24 mpg. The 300 hp twin-turbo V6 boasts 295 lb-ft of torque (1,600 – 5,200 rpm) and a combined EPA of 23 mpg. And the high-performance 400 hp V6 has 350 lb-ft of torque (1,600 – 5,200 rpm) and a 22 mpg EPA.
All three engines are matched to a 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control that will monitor changes in terrain and enhance gear selection according to driver feedback.
New driving technologies create a more dynamic ride. Direct Adaptive Steering reads and simultaneously communicates driver’s input to the wheels, and can be configured via the Drive Mode Selector.
The Q60’s Drive Mode Selector in the InTuition system has 6 distinctive drive modes to adjust steering: Customize Standard, Eco, Sport and Snow. Sport + mode is offered in upgraded models. While standard mode created a perfect balance of dynamism, efficiency and fluid steering, the Customized steering mode allows drivers to tailor the three core modes Standard, Sport, and Sport + to a chosen level of steering response from Default, Dynamic, and Dynamic +. Sport more adds more responsive steering and in Sport + mode offers a quicker steering ratio. There are an astounding 336 different ways to customize the Q60’s handling.
The Infiniti Q60 also offers both a standard suspension system and the Dynamic Digital Suspension, an innovative new system standard on the Q60 Sport that adjusts dampers quickly as needed, enhancing agility and rigidity, while maintaining high comfort. The 2017 Q60 also has Intelligent All-Wheel Drive that can instantaneously change from a 50:50 torque distribution to rear wheel drive.
Safety technology in the swanky new Q60 sport coupe compliments the dynamic exterior design and advance powertrain innovations. Active and passive safety tech includes Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Prevention, Blind Sport Intervention, Backup Collision Intervention, Intelligent Cruise Control with Distance Control Assist and an Around View Monitor.
We don’t have the MSRP of the Q60 yet, but it’s likely in the $50k range for the Q60 Sport and a few more stacks for the add-ons.
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