As such, the Q60S still sports Nissan's 3.7-liter V6 engine making 330 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. That power goes through a seven-speed automatic, and is thrown rearward in this particular model. All-wheel drive and hopped-up IPL versions are also available. IPL, for the uninitiated, is Infiniti's answer to Mercedes' AMG or Audi's S line.
The Q60S get a high-strength steel unibody and an aluminum hood, leading to a curb weight of 3,633 pounds. That mass is sprung with a double wishbone suspension in front, with a stabilizer bar, and an independent multi-link rear. We currently have a set of 19-inch winter Blizzak tires on the car.
Inside, the Q60S coddles its guests with heated leather seats, a tasteful amount of reddish wood grain and a soft-touch vanilla-colored dash. The company's 7-inch touchscreen display continues in the new model, which controls the radio, navigation and other in-car functions. Other standard equipment includes dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port for iPod control and a few other bits and bites.
This Q60S has some options checked to the tune of about $9,000 beyond the base price. The premium package adds the moonroof, rear parking assist and all of the memory functions. The tech package comes with radar cruise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, pre-crash seatbelts and brake assist, which primes the brakes before a hard stop. We also specified the sport package, which adds the 19-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, limited-slip differential, better brakes, paddle shifters, sport seats and aluminum pedals. We also have the navigation package and interior accents package, both self-explanatory.
What's it like to drive?
The Q60S is a riot, actually. It's way more fun than it has any right to be. The naturally aspirated V6 provides a ton of go as soon as your foot hits the pedal. There's no lag from a turbo, and throttle tip-in is just right: neither lackadaisical nor too sensitive.
In sport mode, shifts from the seven-speed bang off quickly and smoothly -- so quick, in fact, you may have to put your foot a little deeper than expected. Of course, if the Q is shifting too early, just yank one of those magnesium paddles, and it'll hold a gear all the way to redline.
Speaking of revs, this engine-exhaust combo has a unique, metallic-sounding roar that needs to be heard to be judged. Some editors in the office like it, others don't. It definitely falls more on the tuner side than the muscle car side. Thankfully, it doesn't drone at higher speeds.
Steering is nice and tight, with a decent amount of weight behind it. We found ourselves kicking the tail out, easily reining it in with a little countersteer. Surprisingly, we suspect this Q60S would make a fine drift car. Though torque doesn't peak until 5,200 rpm, a quick stab in one of the lower gears will break both tires loose with help from the limited-slip diff.
The chassis soaks up most of the bumps on city streets, but we avoided the bigger potholes, taking care to protect the big wheels and low-pro tires. We did hear some noise in the cabin, especially the ping-ping over the expansion joints in the pavement. Overall we'd say it's a good mix between sport and comfort. So the question becomes….
Do I want it?
To end up with the Q60S, you'll have to choose it over some tough competition. The BMW 435i, its nearest competitor, comes in a $46,000. It offers a sportier chassis, though a little less power. The C-class offers less power as well, but more luxury. It comes in at $43,850. Both will probably get near the price of this Q60 with a few options. There's also the Acura TL. Even though it has four doors, it has a similar feeling of comfort and sport.
We think the Q60S is the best-looking option, though its back seat feels the smallest out of the four.
If your next sporty car is meant to be a compromise, and the back seat might see some kids or family, we'd go with one of the other choices. But if you're looking for a luxury coupe with enough space for a DINK family (double-income, no kids), the Q60S is one of the best choices out there.
2014 Infiniti Q60 Coupe
Base Price: $41,305
As Tested Price: $50,405
Drivetrain: 3.7-liter, 330-hp, 270 lb-ft DOHC V6; RWD seven-speed automatic
Curb Weight: 3,663 lbs.
Fuel Economy Combined (EPA/observed): 22/19
Options: Premium package including: power sliding/tinted glass moonroof, rear sonar system, Infiniti studio on wheels, premium audio system by Bose with drivers audio stage, memory system: driver's seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors, driver's seat power lumbar support, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel ($3,250); Sport package including: 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with summer performance tires, sport-tuned suspension and steering, viscous limited-slip differential, sport brakes with 4-piston front and 2-piston rear calipers, sport front fascia, solid magnesium paddle shifters, 12-way driver and 8-way front passenger sport seats with manual thigh extender, aluminum pedals and footrest ($1,950); Navigation package including: Infinity hard drive navigation system, NavTraffic and NavWeather, Zagat survey restaurant guide, DVD-video playback, Infiniti voice recognition ($1,850); Technology Package including: intelligent cruise control, advanced climate control system, rain sensing front windshield wipers, front pre-crash seat belts, brake assist with preview braking ($1,250); Interior accents package including: high gloss maple interior accents ($600); Trunk mat, trunk net and first aid kit ($200)
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