A year after making its debut in concept form at the Detroit Motor Show, the Infiniti Q60 sports coupe has returned to Motor City in full production trim, providing Infiniti not only with an up-to-date two-door partner to the Infiniti Q50 sedan, but an enticing alternative to the C-Class Coupe and BMW 4 Series.
Three engines will be offered in the USA, Infiniti's core market. At the lower end of the range will be a 155kW/350Nm 2.0 litre turbo inline four, with two twin-turbo 3.0 litre V6s offering either 224kW/400Nm, or a sizable 298kW/475Nm.
The Q60 is the second application of Infiniti's new twin-turbo VR30 V6 engine family, which are effectively downsized versions of the Nissan GT-R's 3.8 litre VR38 engine. The Q50 was the first model announced to get the VR30 motors, with identical outputs to the Q60.
The mid-grade 224kW V6 makes its peak-power at 6400rpm, while all 400Nm of torque is available at 1600-5200rpm.
Contrast that with the current model's 235kW at 7000rpm and 360Nm at 5200rpm, and the new engine should be the more tractable motor by a long shot.
The high-output 298kW V6 achieves its peak power and torque figures at identical points in the rev-range to its lower-output brother. Performance stats for the Q60 range have yet to be released, however.
On the US test cycle, Infiniti claims an average fuel consumption of 10.2 l/100km for the 224kW V6 and 10.7 l/100km for the 298kW model. The 2.0 litre four-cylinder records an average thirst of 9.8 l/100km.
All engines are mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox, sending power either to the rear wheels, or all four.
Variable-ratio adaptive electric steering will be standard on all V6-powered models - in the USA, at least. Four-cylinder models get a hydraulic steering rack.
Dynamic Digital Suspension is available as an option (standard on the Q60 Sport) and brings electronically adjustable dampers, and 19-inch alloys are standard.
Measuring 4683mm long, 1385mm tall, 1850mm wide and sitting atop a 2850mm wheelbase, the 2016 Infiniti Q60 is longer, lower and wider than the current model (which used to be known as the G37 Coupe), with a more aggressive look centred around Infiniti's bold trapezoidal grille motif.
It's a functional design too. With its slippery sheetmetal helped out by active grille shutters (which close off the upper grille to cut drag when engine cooling requirements are low), the Q60 boasts a low drag coefficient of 0.28.
As the two-door sibling of the Q50, it's no surprise to see a strong resemblence between the two cars inside. The dashboard and centre console is almost identical, though the steering wheel, seats and trim options differ.
Of course, the Q60 is noticeably smaller in the back, with room for just two people in small bucket seats.
To help keep the cabin hushed, Infiniti has equipped the Q60 with active noise cancelling audio, which pipes opposite-phase noise thorugh the 13-speaker Bose audio system to cancel out road and engine noise.
Active cruise control, pedestrian-detecting auto emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot warning and reverse collision intervention will be offered in the Q60 range.
Infiniti Australia has confirmed to TMR that the Q60 will join the local range in the fourth quarter of this year, with precise specifications and pricing yet to be locked in.
Currently only the V6 powertrain is slated for Australian release, though Infiniti Australia won't announce whether it will take the 223kW model or the full-fat 298kW version until closer to launch.
The company is also still assessing whether it will release the four-cylinder entry model for local sale.