Test Drive: 2017 Infiniti Q60
The Q60 coupe is all-new for 2017, and if you're looking for a breathtaking sport coupe to reward yourself, or just spoil yourself, the Infiniti needs to be on your test-drive list.
Driving an Infiniti always means two things: performance and luxury. There's also top build quality, but what you notice right away is that an Infiniti is always fast and comfortable. The Q60 coupe is all-new for 2017, and if you're looking for a breathtaking sport coupe to reward yourself, or just spoil yourself, the Infiniti needs to be on your test-drive list.
Infiniti has a long history with sport coupes, starting with the G35 back in 2002. In the last 15 years, the automaker has refined their work to make the Q60 the best it's ever been. The 2017 model comes with your choice of a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine at 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, or a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine rated at 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, or the same V6 pumped up to 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet. All engine options come with a 7-speed automatic transmission, with your choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive.
You might think the driving experience would be blunted by the automatic transmission, but Infiniti has this gearbox in a high state of tune. The transmission is both responsive and crisp in its shifting, whether you let the car decide when to shift or you use the paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.
Inside, you get a truly sporty interior but not the kind that is uncomfortable for larger drivers. The seats will fit a full-size man comfortably, and you can adjust for a wide range of heights and driving positions. You'll enjoy the power lumbar support and power-adjustable side bolsters. The test car was the top-of-the-line Red Sport edition, so all the seats are trimmed in dashing red leather. The rear seats are small and the roof slopes down, but you could put a couple people back there, at least for short trips.
Like most modern cars, the Infiniti Q60 has a great technology package, including a rear-view camera and surround-view camera. Once you've tried that, nothing else will do. You also get the Infiniti InTouch dual display dashboard with all the usual smartphone integration services, including voice control.
Our test car came with the optional driver assistance package at $2,250, including blind spot monitoring, predictive forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, backup collision intervention, rear cross traffic alert, and more. The Premium Plus package was also $2,250 and includes navigation, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.
The bottom line on the 2017 Infiniti Q60 is that this is a worthy competitor to established heavyweights like the Lexus RC, BMW 4-Series, and the Cadillac ATS. If you're looking for personal luxury and performance, you need to see the Infiniti Q60.
2017 Infiniti Q60
Base price: $39,855
Price as tested: $56,705
Type: Two-door coupe
Engine: 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 (400 hp, 350 lbs-ft)
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
EPA estimated mileage: 20/27
Road noise: Quiet
Curb weight: 4,023 pounds
Final assembly: Los Angeles, California