The 2018 Infiniti Q60 has style and performance in a luxury coupe

2018 Infiniti Q60
2018 Infiniti Q60 –Infiniti

The Infiniti Q60 is an elegantly styled sports coupe with a choice of three powerful engines. It was all new for 2017, so this year brings only a shift in trim-level names to match the rest of the Infiniti lineup.

The base Q60 Pure features a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four cylinder engine with 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The more fully-featured Luxe comes with the same engine. Moving up the trim ladder, there’s a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque available in both the Luxe and the Sport.

Finally, sitting at the top of the range is the Red Sport 400 with an enhanced version of that 3.0-liter engine with 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. It gets 20-inch wheels instead of the 19-inch wheels that are otherwise standard. A seven-speed automatic transmission is also standard across the Q60 lineup, and there’s a choice of either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive on every trim.

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Our test model was the Red Sport 400 with all-wheel drive, and we happened to have it the same week New England received a massive snowstorm. A sports coupe and snow seem like a terrible mix, but the Q60 was no slouch. It handled rutted, snowy roads with ease and when the storm was over, it had no trouble backing right out of the monstrous snow drift covering it on one side. Sure, an SUV is a better choice in rough weather, but the Q60 is a coupe that doesn’t have to stay in the garage all winter.

This is a sports coupe, not a milquetoast sedan, and it’s built to be driven. An aggressive foot on the gas pushes a driver firmly back into the seat as the Q60 sprints forward. Merging into any kind of traffic is no trouble at all, and passing at highway speeds is a breeze.

There’s also a Drive Mode Selector with options for Snow, Eco, Standard, Sport, Sport+, or Personal Drive modes. We left it in Snow mode during the blizzard and its aftermath and found it provided a more controlled ride without making the Q60 dull. Those looking for the most performance-focused drive when the roads are clear will find the sweet spot is Sport mode.

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Its handling matches its power with tight, responsive steering. It’s a sporty drive, but it’s not tiring. This is an Infiniti, after all. It’s a brand known for building luxury cars that are smooth and comfortable, not ragged little hatchbacks.

The Q60 accommodates four people with front seats that are heavily bolstered but still wide enough to not feel confining for larger passengers, but realistically, it’s a vehicle that’s best for two. Even with the front seats moved uncomfortably forward, there was barely enough room for two small adults in the back. It’s good for a quick trip, but not for longer.

The interior features rich leathers and quality trims that make it feel like a luxury car. It’s a clean, uncluttered, welcoming space. Our one gripe was the lower touchscreen on the dashboard. No matter how clean, it constantly looks as though the passengers were just eating a cheeseburger and couldn’t find a napkin. Infiniti provides a cleaning cloth for this very reason, so be prepared to use it often.

The 2018 Infiniti Q60 delivers the promise of a luxury car with the performance-oriented drive of a coupe at a range of price points. Starting price is $38,950 for the base 2.0t Pure and tops out at $54,000 for the Red Sport 400 with all-wheel drive.