When Infiniti first unveiled the G35 coupe back in 2002, it signaled that the brand was serious about injecting some much needed fun into its lineup. The 2008 G37 coupe was a compelling sequel to the original, but got lost in the shuffle when the brand began its recent naming scheme. The 2017 Infniti Q60 promises to reestablish itself as a key part of the brands lineup and regain the ground it lost to rivals in the luxury coupe segment.
The exterior styling of the production Q60 doesn’t stray too far away from the Q60 concept car with the only revisions being the expected ones needed to comply with government safety standards. In this case, the headlights were revamped and formal side mirrors got installed. The end result still looks quite sharp and aggressive, and should allow the Infiniti to stand out when viewed side by side with rivals. The company claims that the car has a lower center of gravity than before, and that it now boasts more power and efficiency than ever before. Infinti’s suite of updates even extended to the tires with tighter gaps, staggered setups on some trims, and the ability for the wheels to absorb road vibration. 20-inch alloy wheels will also be offered for the first time on top tier models and they look handsome in person.
The interior of the Q60 also gets some attention and now brings more performance inspired style to lucky occupants. The cabin is offered in three different trim levels depending on the model selected. Base models receive either aluminium or black wood accents, while top tier models receive carbon fiber accents. More sound insulation and noise cancellation technology has also been added to help quiet things down, while a new processor for the Intuition infotainment system aims to improve response, and reduce lag times. An all new 13 speaker Bose sound system thunders its way into the options sheet and should please audiophiles looking for a world class audio experience.
Performance comes from either an all new 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged V6 that is a part of the company’s all new “VR” family of engines and is available in two distinct variants, or a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine. The base V6 makes 300 horsepower and a healthy 295 lb-ft of torque while the spicier version of the engine makes 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. As for the entry level four cylinder, it is expected to make 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque while also serving as the volume engine. All three engines are mated to a seven speed automatic transmission, and Infiniti engineers have pitched the old six speed manual which is sad news for buyers that prefer to shift the gears themselves. Handling has also been improved, and now benefits from new shock tuning and bushings as well as relocated shock absorbers and a new layout for the links. An all new Digital Dynamic Suspension system comes as standard equipment on Sport models and features adaptive dampers to help lock down the cars handling especially in sharp corners.
Look for the 2017 Infiniti Q60 to go on sale late this summer with official pricing expected to be released closer to its official launch.