Formerly badged as the G37 Coupe, Infiniti's sporty Q60 Coupe remains a brawny, sharp-looking offering that's slightly lacking in refinement yet strong in the value department.
For sun worshippers, Infiniti also builds a Q60 Convertible model.
Although its basic design dates back to the 2008 model year, making it the oldest offering in its segment, the Q60 Coupe certainly doesn't look its age due to a crisp lines and a well proportioned-form that draws the eye without appearing flashy.
In the same vein, the Q60 Coupe's chassis 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. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, while all-wheel-drive is available for improved winter drivability in northern climates.
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 Coupe 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 19/27 mpg and 17/25 for automatic and manual transmission models, respectively. The auto-only all-wheel-drive variant returns 18/25 mpg.
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 coupe genre, the rear seats are best utilized as a supplemental cargo space or for transporting children. At 7.4 cubic inches, trunk space is also somewhat limited, although the rear seatbacks can be folded down to accommodate bulky items.
Trim Level Breakdown
The Q60 Coupe is offered in three 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.
As its name suggests, the Q60 AWD adds a traction-enhancing all-wheel-drive system to the Q60 Journey's feature list.
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 Q60 AWD can be spec'd with five 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 Sport Package includes all of the Q60 6MT's 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 Coupe comes standard with dual front, front-side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to active head restraints and traction and stability control systems.
Looking for a luxurious yet fun two-door like the Q60 Coupe? Other options include the BMW 4-Series Coupe and Cadillac CTS Coupe as well as the Audi S5.