The luxury sport coupe lives on! Infiniti's Q60 is a stylish, two-door version of its compact Q50 sedan. Originally called the G37 coupe, the current, second-generation Q60 was introduced for 2017 and got an updated infotainment system last year. It competes alongside other compact luxury coupes including the BMW 4 Series, Audi A5, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe.
There are inherent sacrifices to be made with a two-door coupe, but if you like the Q60's styling as much as we do, it just might be worth it. One such sacrifice is just getting into the thing; we had some trouble with ingress and egress to and from the driver's seat, and accessing the rear is even less graceful. The trunk is smaller than that of the four-door equivalent Q50, as well. Then again, if you're considering a coupe instead of a sedan, you may be ready for such compromises.
Even with the less powerful 300-hp V-6, the Q60 provides quick, if not properly fast performance, and the seven-speed auto shifts smoothly. The standard steering setup is accurate despite minimal feel, but we didn't like the artificial, inconsistent Direct Adaptive Steering option on the Red Sport 400. As for the adaptive suspension, it rides smoothly and handles well, although the Standard setting can feel floaty at speed. We also found that the rear-drive version feels lighter at the nose and more responsive in the corners.
If you dig the styling and desire a little more stance and swagger in your compact luxury car, the Infiniti Q60 does just that. Shame it wasn't based on a better sedan than the Q50.
Every Q60 makes use of a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 mated to a seven-speed automatic, with standard RWD and available AWD. In the Pure and Luxe trims, the engine develops 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. When we tested our long-term Q60 with the 300-hp V-6 and RWD, it reached 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. Fuel economy measures 19/27-28 mpg city/highway.
Dropping the extra cash for the Q60 Red Sport 400 earns you a tune of the twin-turbo V-6 that makes (you guessed it) 400 hp and 350 lb-ft. The more powerful version motivated the Q60 to 60 in 4.8 seconds during our 2018 Car of the Year evaluation. It suffers no significant fuel economy penalty for its extra power; the Q60 Red Sport 400 delivers 19-20/26-27 mpg.
Infiniti doesn't include any driver-assist active safety features on the base Q60 Pure, but a collection of tech is standard on Pure and Red Sport models for 2021. For those two trims, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high-beams, rear cross-traffic alert, and a 360-degree camera system are now standard.
The Q60 sacrifices interior space for style compared to its four-door Q50 equivalent. Seating capacity is down to four instead of the Q50's five, and the Q60 has at least 2.0 fewer inches of headroom front and rear. Front/rear legroom measures 43.1/32.4 inches compared to 44.5/35.1 in the Q50 sedan and 41.3/32.7 in the Audi A5 coupe. Cargo space suffers, too, with the Q60 rated at 8.7 cubic feet in the trunk next to the Q50's 13.5 cubes and 10.9 in the A5 coupe, although larger items can be accommodated with the fold-down rear seat.
Infiniti's dual-screen infotainment system can be found in every Q60. Up top is an 8.0-inch touchscreen with a 7.0-inch touchscreen positioned below it. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all trims, plus satellite radio capability. Six-speaker audio is standard on the base model, but all other trims feature a 13-speaker Bose system.