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What was tested?

2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 ($52,000).
Wheelbase: 112.2 in.
Length: 184.4 in. Width: 72.8 in. Height: 54.5 in.
Engine: 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 (400 hp, 350 lbs.-ft.).
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic.
Fuel economy: 20 city, 27 highway.

RATINGS

Beauty and Power

Style: 10
Performance: 9
Price: 7
Handling: 8
Ride: 8
Comfort: 9
Quality: 9
Overall: 9

Why buy it?

It’s stunning to look at and
offers eye-popping performance
for the money, especially in the
powerful, range-topping Red
Sport 400 trim.

By Derek Price Cargazing.com

Infiniti Q60 Coupe Mixes Innovative Tech With Generous Power

If sports coupes rarely sell in
big numbers, why do car companies build them?
More than anything else, it’s
to make a statement. And
Infiniti is practically shouting
bout innovation and style with
its sexy, two-door Q60.
This is a car that makes a
visual statement, first of all, setting the tone for the entire
Infiniti brand with its sleek
lines and deeply sculpted
curves.
The basic proportions are
classically beautiful with an
elongated hood, raked-back
roofline and large, 19-inch
wheels tucked right at the corners.

In the details, though,
Infiniti’s designers get more
adventurous.
For an unusual touch, the
C-pillars have a crescent shape
that dramatically lunges forward. Combined with angular
LED headlights, an inset grille
and scooped-out character
lines on the sides, the Q60
exudes a sense of motion from
every angle.
Even more than the way it
looks, though, this car creates a
halo for Infiniti in two other
areas: technology and performance.
The high-performance version I tested, called the Red
Sport 400, delivers 400 horsepower to its extra-wide rear
tires via a 3.0-liter twin-turbo-

charged V6. It’s phenomenally
fast, as you’d expect with that
much power on tap, but it also
delivers its force to the pavement brilliantly through curves.
A major reason for that is the
Dynamic Digital Suspension,
which comes standard on both
the Q60 Sport and Red Sport
400. It lets the driver adjust the
firmness of the suspension
between the relatively compliant Sport mode and the noticeably firmer Sport+.
An innovative steer-by-wire
system, called Direct Adaptive
Steering, can transmit input
from the driver to the front
wheels even faster than a traditional mechanical linkage,
Infiniti claims.

In addition to the range-topping, 400-horsepower model,
the Q60 is also available with a
208-horse turbocharged fourcylinder engine or a 300-hp V6.
All versions of the Q60 are
available with either rear- or
all-wheel drive.
Inside, Infiniti tries to mix
two philosophies: traditional
craftsmanship and heavy technology.
For the most part, the mixture works, with an artistic
sense of design that matches
the outgoing body and tech
that’s omnipresent but never
too intrusive.
The center stack is dominated by two touchscreen displays
— 8 inches on top and 7 inches
on bottom — that combine to

keep all the vehicle’s functions
within easy reach. I also like
how it doesn’t force you to use
the digital screen for simple
tasks. Commonly used features
like changing the radio station
and volume all have their own
dedicated, old-fashioned buttons and knobs.
It’s also impressively quiet
inside thanks to good sound
insulation and active noise cancellation that comes standard
on all models.
Pricing starts at $38,950 for
the base Pure trim, $44,300 for
the Luxe version with the
300-horsepower V6, and
$52,000 for the Red Sport 400.
All-wheel drive adds $2,000
to the price on all models.

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