Superstar body with a taut chassis
Infiniti hit a home run when it rolled out the G35 coupe in 2002. Lightning struck twice when the G37 emerged in 2008. Fast forward to present day, and you can see the next evolution from those past heroes. Meet the new 2017 Infiniti Q60, quite possibly the best looking Infiniti born to date. This newest take on the Q60 debuted in full on Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Here’s what you need to know.
Superstar Looks We’ll say it again. Although Infiniti has only been around since 1989, the all-new Q60 makes a strong case for the brand’s best looker ever, what with its fluid yet sharp lines and handsome proportions. You could say it looks almost concept car-like, and well…it does. Infiniti stayed very faithful to its highly-praised Q60 concept of yesteryear. Compared to the current Q60 and previous G Coupes, the new car sits lower and wider, now shod with 19-inch alloy wheels as standard and boasting a sleek drag coefficient of 0.28. Impressively though, the big news is what comes underneath that superstar body.
Twin-Turbo Six Three engines will come housed under the 2017 Infiniti Q60. At the top rung resides the brand’s new “VR30” 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, which was developed in-house and erupts with a triumphant 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. One step down from that lives a 300 horsepower variant, which nets one mpg more, and at the bottom of the food chain lies a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which totes 208 horsepower and another mpg. All come fitted to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Seeing as there’s little disparity in fuel efficiency, that 400 horsepower brawler sounds mighty appealing.
Taut Chassis Power is managed via a choice of suspensions: a standard setup for minimal road noise and tight responsiveness, or Infiniti’s new “Dynamic Digital Suspension,” which fits special dampers and a highly configurable ride setup. Tailor it as you please. The Q60 also fits Infiniti’s second-generation direct adaptive steering, as well as optional all-wheel drive that can route 100 percent of engine power to the rear wheels, if needed.
Techy Tech Inside, the elegant interior features swathes of leather, aluminum trimmings, and a dusting of carbon fiber on higher trim models. Occupants gain access to the latest generation of Infiniti’s InTuition infotainment system, a new 13-speaker Bose sound system, plus all the safety features we’ve come to expect—intelligent cruise control, forward emergency braking, lane departure, and more.
When Can You Have One? The 2017 Infiniti Q60 has yet to name its price, though Infiniti does say it’s heading for showrooms during the second half of summer 2016.