It's been two years since the Infiniti Q50 sedan arrived on the scene, and now the four-door is about to get some company. The 2017 Infiniti Q60 is the replacement for the G37 coupe, and fans of the concept that bowed last year in Detroit will be pleased to see it retains the show car's major design themes.
The coupe's greenhouse isn't as low as the concept nor is the rear roofline as raked, but the overall shape of the concept survives. Exterior dimensions have increased slightly from the previous generation, with overall length growing by 0.7 inch and width by 1 inch. The wheelbase remains the same at 112.2 inches, and overall height shrinks by nearly half an inch. In addition, Infiniti says the gaps between the tires and wheel arches are tighter than ever, contributing to the car's low stance.
It was recently announced that the 2016 Infiniti Q50 would replace its lone naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6 with three turbocharged engine options. Given that the Q60 is mechanically related to its sedan counterpart, it should come as no surprise that it's getting the same powertrain options. The base Q60 will come with a Mercedes-designed but American-built turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 making 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Higher-trim models will get the new VR30 twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, which is offered in two power ratings: 300 hp and 295 lb-ft in the mid-level coupe, and 400 hp and 350 lb-ft in the range-topping model. Compared to the outgoing Q60 coupe with its 330-hp 3.7-liter VQ engine, the top-dog Q60 makes 70 more horsepower and 80 more lb-ft of torque. All engines come coupled to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Models equipped with the new twin-turbo V-6 receive active grille shutters, which remain closed normally for better aerodynamic performance but can open when more engine cooling is needed. Like the Q50, the V-6-powered Q60 benefits from a second-generation Direct Adaptive Steering system. The funkiness of the steer-by-wire system was one of our biggest complaints about the Q50, and now Infiniti has heavily revised the system to offer better feel and feedback. A Drive Mode Selector allows you to adjust that steering feel through six modes, including Standard, Customize, Snow, Eco, Sport, and Sport+ (offered on certain models). Base Q60s come with a more conventional electrically assisted rack-and-pinion steering system. Two suspensions are offered, including a new electronic Dynamic Digital Suspension system that's standard on Q60 Sport models. Electronically adjustable dampers change the suspension's characteristics, with modes favoring ride comfort, sporty handling, or a mix of the two. As with the previous model, all-wheel drive is available.
More suspension insulation and stiffer cross-members are used to reduce NVH, and Active Noise Cancellation is standard on all models to counteract excess engine noise in the cabin. Inside that cabin you'll find a new 13-speaker Bose Performance Series audio system, which has been designed around the Q60's acoustics. You'll also find seats with ample bolstering and Infiniti's "spinal support" seatback design. Base models receive aluminum interior trim as standard, with black wood available, while Sport and Premium models get carbon fiber or silver glass fiber accents (when white or red leather seating is specified). High-contrast stitching appears throughout the interior.
The new Q60 has the looks and specs of a great sports coupe, but can it recapture the magic of the original G coupe? We can't wait to find out.