Is there a more gorgeous two door, four seat car under $100,000 on the market right now? That’s the question that kept coming up during our week with the Infiniti Q60. We’ve been a little hard on Infiniti in past years, but they’re on an upward trend. And this new coupe, the Q60, has them approaching stratospheric levels of visual excellence. And the answer to our opening question is – no.
Let’s start with the exterior. Infiniti’s design language has finally found a platform in which it can excel. The grille is a bit much on the other variants, but it looks perfect here. The vents on the front quarter panels hint a little in the realm of the BMW 4 series, but seem better executed. The beltline is sharp, yet rounded in the back with a serious kink for the rear window in the C pillar area. The roofline is sloped just right, and the rear haunches, trunk and rear bumper all form into a cohesive design that is incredibly pleasing to the eye. The Q60 has, perhaps, the best executed rear end on the market. I can’t think of a vehicle that I’ve driven recently that garnered more double takes from myself in the parking lot. It’s seriously that good.
The wow factor you experience on the outside doesn’t carry over into the interior as much as we had hoped, but is still built to the standard of Infiniti. All touch points feel expensive, and the seats are much more comfortable than the Q50 that we tested late last year. They offer a lot of room for adjustment. The tech-focused dual-touchscreen interface can be a bit confusing at first. The upper screen is primarily devoted to the navigation system while the lower one handles the audio, climate and a host of other features.
Our 3.0t Premium Q60 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 which produces 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It feels much more powerful than its rating would lead you to believe. Infiniti offers its newest steer-by-wire system in the Q60, which it has improved with a less artificial feel and a better sense of connectedness to the front end. Be prepared for a sporty ride at all times, even in comfort mode it’s quite stiff. During our week with Q60 we managed 21 mpg combined with an EPA estimated 19 city and 28 highway.
For those who loved the G-Series, give the Q60 a shot. Infiniti is bringing back the love of luxury coupes with the completely redesigned Q60. Its exterior is unlike anything else on the market. Better proportioned than the 4 Series, less busy than the RC, less boxy than the ATS, and less bloated than the C Coupe, we were completely smitten by the Q60’s looks. The interior is what you’d expect from a luxury coupe and its drive will put a smile on your face.
-Danielle Assenheimer & Scott Villeneuve
|2017 Infiniti Q60 3.0t Premium
|Direct Adaptive Steering||$1000|
|Dark Maple Wood Interior Trim||$400|
|Semi-Aniline Leather Seating||$1,350|
|Driver Assistance Package||$2,250|
|Premium Plus Package||$3,200|
|As Tested MSRP||$55,255|