Formerly badged as the G37 Convertible, Infiniti's sporty drop-top adopts the Q60 Convertible moniker for the latest model year as part of a brand-wide renaming strategy. Otherwise unchanged, it remains a brawny, sharp-looking offering that's slightly lacking in refinement yet strong in the value department.
For those who prefer a fixed-roof two-door, Infiniti also offers the Q60 Coupe.
Although its basic design dates back to the 2009 model year, making it one of the oldest models in its segment, the Q60 Convertible certainly doesn't look its age due to a crisp lines and a well proportioned-form that draws the eye without appearing flashy.
The Q60 Convertible features a three-piece retractable hardtop that adds weight compared to a conventional cloth setup but retains a coupe-like roofline and allows less road noise into the cabin. The retractable hardtop also provides a little extra cold weather insulation.
Like the exterior, the Q60 Convertible's rear-wheel-drive platform isn't exactly new, but it's still highly effective at striking the balance between precise dynamics and refined ride quality that luxury coupe buyers prize.
Performance isn't lacking, either, with the only engine choice being a strapping 3.7-liter that makes 330 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The mill does show its age in the somewhat uncouth noise and vibration it produces at higher revs.
Most Q60 Convertible models leave the factory with a smooth seven-speed automatic transmission that boasts downshift rev matching and available magnesium paddle shifters. However, the 6MT trim level offers a close-ratio six-speed manual for those interested in getting both feet involved in the driving experience. The performance-oriented 6MT also boasts a sport-tuned suspension, uprated brakes, a limited-slip differential and a number of other goodies.
Fuel economy is rated at 17/25 mpg for the auto and 16/24 with the stick.
While the cabin's overall design is starting to look a bit dated, material quality remains among the best in the class, with available touches like Japanese "Silk Obi" brushed aluminum trim (wood trim is optional) creating a classy atmosphere. Unlike with some rivals, controls for the A/C, stereo and optional navigation system are logically arranged and user-friendly.
Space and comfort are in ample supply for front seat passengers, but, typical of the convertible genre, the rear seats are best utilized as a supplemental cargo space or for transporting children. At 10.3 cubic inches, trunk space is respectable with the top up, though a miniscule two cubes is all that's left when the top is stowed.
Trim Level Breakdown
The Q60 Convertible is offered in two separate trim levels.
The Q60 Journey comes well equipped with leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, a rear parking camera, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM stereo with a USB input, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, a seven-inch touchscreen display, cruise control, fog lights, auto on/off HID xenon headlights and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
The enthusiast-focused Q60 6MT substitutes the other trims' seven-speed automatic for a six-speed manual and also adds a sport-tuned suspension, sport brakes, sport steering, a more aggressive front fascia, a limited-slip differential, aluminum pedals, a 12-way adjustable sports seat, a moonroof, a navigation system, a premium Bose stereo, a rear sonar system and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The Q60 Journey and can be spec'd with six different options packages; as it comes fully-loaded, no extras are available for the Q60 6MT.
The Premium Package brings a moonroof, a Bose audio system, memory functionality for the front seats, power lumbar support for the driver's seat and a power tilt and telescopic steering column.
The Performance Tire and Wheel Package adds 19-inch alloy wheels shod with summer tires.
The Sport Package includes all of the Q60 6MTï¿½s performance and appearance content except for the manual gearbox. It also includes magnesium paddle shifters.
The Technology package nets intelligent cruise control with preview braking, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an advanced climate control system and front seat pre-crash seat belts.
The Navigation Package includes - logically enough - a navigation system with voice-recognition capability, NavWeather, NavTraffic and Zagat survey restaurant guide.
Finally, the Interior Accents Package adds high-gloss maple interior trim.
The Q60 Convertible comes standard with dual front and front-side airbags in addition to active head restraints and traction and stability control systems. Also included are pop-up roll bars that deploy in the event of a rollover incident.
Rivals to the Q60 Convertible that offer a similar mix of sporty handling, luxury features and open-air fun include the BMW 335i Convertible, the Lexus IS 350C and Audi S5 Convertible.