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Brad Leach | Aug, 11 2016 | 2 Comments

Infiniti’s handsomely-styled all-new Q60 coupe is now rolling down the assembly line in Tochigi, Japan and will arrive in Australian showrooms later this year.

Improvements in the plant’s stamping and assembly lines have allowed Infiniti to deliver the sharp angles and body lines which are key to the Q60’s purposeful looks.

And a new paint plant has been installed specifically for the complex new ‘Dynamic Sandstone Red’ colour.

Infiniti Australia will offer the Q60 with both the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine - a co-development with Mercedes-Benz - offering 155kW208hp/350Nm and the all-new ‘VR’ twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine (available in 224kW/400Nm and 298kW/475Nm versions).

The technically-fascinating new V6 is the first from the VR family which replaces the award-winning VQ V6 which has powered Infiniti and Nissan vehicles since 1994.

With innovations like an integrated exhaust manifold for the cylinder heads, the new twin-turbo V6 is more compact and 14.1kgs lighter than the VQ.

The 224kW version runs a single water pump while the higher output 298kW variant uses two water pumps – Infiniti says this provides better heat management when the engine is operating under light loads.

A new turbine speed sensor allows the turbochargers to spin up to 240,000rpm.

The Infiniti Q60 runs a further enhanced version of the controversial Direct Adaptive Steering system which debuted on the Q50 and was subsequently re-engineered after media criticism.

The finished product
The finished product

Australian specifications have not been announced but in North America, Infiniti Q60 will be offered with a choice of two suspension set-ups - Sports models score a new ‘Dynamic Digital Suspension’ with electronic dampers.

And the top-spec models feature a new 13-speaker Bose audio system and carbon-fibre trim highlights.

Look for the local lineup to be confirmed closer to launch in the Spring.

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