Infiniti's all-new Q60 Coupe has the pundits arguing about looks. Some say it's imposing, appealing, and elegant while others contend it's overblown.
Styling is personal but what is indisputable is that Infiniti has delivered a coupe which remains faithful to the concept car first shown at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2015, and one which undercuts major rivals on price, enjoys an engine sourced from Mercedes-Benz, and provides a sumptuous interior to match the best of them.
Vehicle Style: Prestige Medium Coupe
Price: $62,900 (plus on-roads)
Engine/trans: 155kW/350Nm 2.0 litre, 4cyl turbo petrol | 7sp automatic
Fuel Economy Claimed: 7.7l/100kms | Tested: 10.0l/100kms
The Infiniti Q60 is the opening shot in a promised avalanche of new products for Nissan’s premium brand. While inside there are some links to the Q50 sedan, the new Q60 jettisons any memories of the outgoing and bland-looking Q60 Coupe.
The 2.0t GT model as tested here will set you back $62,900 (plus on-road costs) - that’s over $2,000 less than the directly-comparable Lexus RC 200T. A GT Enhancement Pack for $3,000 adds a 13-speaker Bose audio system, adaptive headlights, electric sunroof and a 360-degree camera system.
Like the Lexus, there’s no denying - and this is important in the limited-numbers premium coupe segment - the Infiniti Q60 has plenty of kerb-appeal, helped by standard 19-inch alloy wheels.
- Standard Features: Leather-trimmed sports seats (fronts with electronic adjustment and heated), electronic steering column adjustment, leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminium highlights, auto headlights and wipers, keyless entry.
- Infotainment: Six-speaker audio and satellite navigation with live traffic updates, two touchscreens, DAB+ digital radio, USB input,
- Cargo Volume: 342 litres
Infiniti has a reputation for classy interiors and the Q60 advances that case with nice style and premium materials including double-stitched leather trim and brushed aluminium highlights.
The sports front seats again offer Infiniti’s hyped spinal support system and are nicely contoured with support where you need it. The front pews deliver electronic adjustment and heating.
Also electrically powered is the steering column adjustment for the nice and thick leather-wrapped three-spoke wheel.
The dashboard shows a noticeable lineage to the Q50 sedan; the double-bubble instrument binnacle containing two gauges with a multi-information display between them and a centre stack featuring the two InTouch infotainment screens - an 8.0-inch high-res on top for the main display and 7.0-inch low res below for menu and controls.
Operation of the infotainment system was at first visually intimidating with so many menus but time spent in car brought some familiarity and it became intuitive to use. At the end of the week it actually rated highly, although it does miss out on Apple CarPlay or Android Auto but the satellite navigation system includes SUNA live traffic updates.
Access to the rear is straight-forward (helped by wide-opening doors) and seat comfort is excellent with nice support. Leg-room is surprisingly good for a two-door coupe but headroom is tight, there are no air vents and the rear windows are fixed so on hot days you’re hoping for plenty of output from the front air-conditioning system.
Luggage space is on-par with rivals (Infiniti says the Q60 can handle two golf bags). On the downside, the boot lip is high so loading those clubs requires some muscle.
ON THE ROAD
- Engine: turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol (155kW at 5500rpm/350Nm at 1250-3500rpm)
- Transmission: Seven speed automatic, rear-wheel-drive
- Brakes: Four-wheel discs: 330mm front, 316mm rear
- Suspension: Double wishbone front/multi-link independent rear
- Steering: Electric power steering
The beauty of shared technology is immediately apparent with the Infiniti Q60’s Mercedes-Benz-sourced turbo 2.0-litre - a terrific engine which hauls the rather heavy (1698kgs) coupe from zero to 100km/h in 7.3 seconds. That’s two-tenths faster than the rival Lexus RC200t which tips the scales 27kg heavier at 1725kg.
Drive is to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission which is curiously lacking paddle-shifters although you can operate it in sequential manual mode via the gear lever.
Performance is brisk enough when you stomp on the right-hand pedal after some turbo-lag from standstill, but the exhaust note around town won’t be quickening the pulses of performance car enthusiasts (it does improve when you have plenty of revs on-board). In fact the Q60 runs Infiniti’s Active Noise Cancellation system so, at cruise, mechanical noise is impressively subdued.
There are four drive modes and the default Standard setting offers-up a surprisingly firm suspension tune - in a nice and sporty kind of way - and no doubt influenced by the good-looking 19-inch alloy wheels with 255/40 R19 rubber.
In the twisty stuff, a switch to Sport brings faster and heavier steering, more aggressive engine and transmission performance plus Infiniti’s version of torque vectoring called Active Trace Control.
Tackling our mountain road test loop, the Q60 delivered nice rear-drive balance and turned-in crisply but didn’t quite match the likes of BMW 4 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class for sportiness (a bit too much body roll and clattering over bumps). On that score, the Infiniti was more closely aligned to the Lexus RC200t than the Germans.
So it’s refined rather than racy but unquestionably competent.
ANCAP Rating: The Infiniti Q60 has yet to be tested by ANCAP.
Safety Features: Six airbags (dual front, front seat side, full-length curtain), ABS anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, forward emergency braking
WARRANTY AND SERVICING
Warranty: Four years/120,000kms
Servicing: Every 12 months or 25,000kms. Capped price servicing for the first three services ($538, $643 and $849).
RIVALS TO CONSIDER
No doubt the Lexus RC200t will be the vehicle most cross-shopped against the Infiniti Q60 2.0t GT. While a bit pricier at $65,090 (plus on-road costs), the Lexus turbocharged 2.0-litre does boast 25kW more power at 180kW while torque is identical at 350Nm. Extra weight in the Lexus is reflected when talking comparable driving dynamics.
Mercedes-Benz has the ‘glammed-up’ all-new C-Class Coupe very sharply priced from $65,900 (plus on-road costs). While a little down on power with 135kW/300Nm from Benz’ turbo 2.0-litre, the C-Class is a contender for best-in-segment for ride and handling.
Moving up again in price we get to the BMW 420i at $68,900 (plus on-road costs). Perhaps not as spectacular in the looks department as the Infiniti Q60, and definitely tighter on interior space, adaptive dampers highlight a typically BMW top-notch driving dynamics package despite having the least torque with 270Nm.
TMR VERDICT | OVERALL
By any measure the Infiniti Q60 2.0t GT scores well and deserves to rank among its credentialed opposition. There’s no Nismo badge on this car - like its rivals the Q60 is really a luxury coupe with sporting overtones.
There is plenty of technology, nice interior appointments and obvious quality. As for the drive... well it’s enjoyable, but not scintillating.
For those wanting some extra punch, Infiniti will launch a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 version in a couple of months - with 298kW/475Nm plus electronic variable dampers, bigger brakes and the drive-by-wire Direct Adaptive Steering - but priced at $88,900.
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