Going on sale later this year, Infiniti’s Q60 sports coupe is so far one of the best-looking vehicles at the 2016 NAIAS in Detroit. Available in rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive configurations, the Q60 comes with three engine choices. The most potent is the new VR-series 3.0L V6 twin-turbo (also found in the Q50) putting out 400 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque between 1600 and 5200 rpm. A lesser-rated 3.0L V6 produces 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. Opting for this engine saves one mpg (23 vs. 22) over the 400 hp version and gives owners bragging rights for having one of the best power-to-efficiency ratios of any sports coupe, according to a press release from Infiniti. Lastly, for shoppers who want one more mpg, there’s a 2.0L turbo-charged 4-banger making 208 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1500 rpm. The sole transmission offered will be a 7-speed auto with Adaptive Shift Control, which adjusts shift points depending on driving conditions.
Attention has been given to steering feel and aerodynamics in an attempt to make this a well-rounded sports car. The company’s Direct Adaptive Steering is reported to bring improved levels of feedback to the Q60 and the Drive Mode Selector allows driver’s to dial in the steering feel they’re looking for by choosing among six different settings. On the aero side, the hood and side mirrors were given special consideration in efforts to reduce drag. Also present are active grille shutters that close when conditions are suitable. The net result is a car with a 0.28 cd.
Inside the vehicle, Infiniti has made active noise cancellation standard, as is the company’s InTuition infotainment system. A 13-speaker Bose sound system will also be available. For introverts who want to wade into the waters of extroversion, there’s an option for a red or white leather-adorned interior. Standard safety features such as backup collision warning, automatic forward braking, and lane-keep assist also come in the new Q60. We look forward to seeing more of this car, hopefully arriving at our offices for some track testing later this year. Until then, Check out video of the previous Q60 AWD in a snowy misadventure.