Entry Price: $39,950
Price as Tested: $65,705
This week, we’re behind the wheel of the all-new 2018 Infiniti Q60, arriving in Red Sport Coupe dress with all-wheel-drive mechanicals. Up front I’ll tell you I haven’t been this impressed with a new offering from Infiniti since the days of the Q35 coupe over a decade ago, which is really saying something as Infiniti has produced some pretty fine cars along the way.
However, this new Q60 coupe is different from all the rest, as it delivers what I always felt was lacking in the Infiniti coupes, specifically the “in your face” acceleration and performance that competitor Acura and Lexus delivered long ago with its performance coupes.
The Q60, which starts at just $39,950 for the entry 2.0-liter turbo four and then graduates through eight other turbo-four and twin-turbo six-cylinder models to arrive at the pinnacle, our Red Sport 400 tester. Most impressive at first glance is the beautiful and exclusive Dynamic Sunstone Red exterior paint, a reality confirmed by the many compliments the car received on its color alone. Although an $800 option, this color theme is well worth the money and highly recommended.
It’s under the hood, however, where the secret to Q60 Red Sport 400’s success lies. Awaiting your throttle input sits a twin-turbo performance-bred 3.0-liter V6 that puts out an easy 400 horsepower and 350 lb. ft. of torque. The result is an Infiniti Coupe that goes zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds, which is something I had hoped for when I test drove both the G35 and then the G37 Coupes years ago. It’s been a long wait, but Infiniti has answered the call and then some.
Our tester came with Intelligent AWD underpinnings and a top line entry price of $54,000. The rear-wheel-drive Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe starts at $52,000, so you’re paying $2,000 for the right to travel with AWD capabilities. Both versions come with a fine shifting adaptive-shift seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters and drivers will appreciate Q60s six selectable drive modes of personal, sport plus, sport, standard, economy and snow.
A fellow car enthusiast friend and I gave the Q60 a good test, and whether we pushed it far into a turn or gave it both acceleration and braking tests the Infiniti passed everything we threw at it in flying colors. It’s out on the highway and tight turn country roads where the Q60 Red Sport 400 begs to be driven thanks to a sport tuned fully independent coil over suspension. Q60 is up to any task and a twisting entry ramp onto a main highway allowed us to see how well the Q60 hugged the curves and then zoomed away up to the 70-mph speed limit. I especially like the winding back roads, although those straightaway full throttle bursts are impressive when the twin-turbos are talking.
As for fuel mileage, the Q60 in AWD form delivers 19 city and 26 highway while the rear drive model will do you one better at 20 city and 27 highway.
The exterior is both ultra-sporty yet not overly aggressive in final statement as sometimes front grilles, air dams and front fascias go overboard. Q60 designers utilized the best of both worlds to arrive at an elegant, sporty motif that will impress even the most finicky of consumers. And, being that this Q60 is a coupe, it automatically exudes a high performance stance that will please millennial to baby boomer and would be a great candidate as the feature car for the next “Deadpool 3” movie based on the special red color alone.
Our tester came with a $2,250 Carbon Fiber package, which added special mirror covers, a small rear deck spoiler, fog lamp finishers and side fender vents. I know it’s expensive, but when combined with the interior Silver Optic fiber trim (which is standard), it sure makes for a performance statement. As for helping with the amenities, a fabulous 23-speaker Bose stereo with all the modern bells and whistles is standard, as is beautiful leather seating.
I wish I had more space to explain the spacious interior, but word count is limited so please see it in person when you visit your Infiniti dealer. Special 20-inch all season performance tires on aluminum spoke wheels make for a final statement as does the dual exhaust that look quite menacing to the eye.
Other options include a $2,250 Sensory Package that features heated front seats and steering wheel, voice navigation, Sirius XM traffic, Infiniti In-touch Services and remote engine start (not necessary but nice).
A $2,250 ProAssist Package adds blind spot, rear cross traffic, backup collision intervention, around view monitor with moving object detection, forward collision warning, forward emergency warning, and rainsense wipers. (Highly recommended).
Next was a $2,850 Proactive Package for $2,850 that adds lane prevention, smart cruise, adaptive steering, active lane control, distance control assist, blind spot intervention, and some lighting and high beam assists. (Also highly recommended).
Final option was Infiniti illuminated kick plates, again nice but not necessary. This brought the final tally to $65,705 with $905 delivery included.
Important numbers include a wheelbase of 112.2-inches, 4,024 lb.-curb weight, 38.1-ft. turn radius, 8.7-cu. ft. of cargo space, and a 20-gallon fuel tank.
In ending, the new 2018 Q60 Infiniti Red Sport 400 is the surprise of the year. It delivers outstanding performance and cloaks its passengers in that special opulence Infiniti is known for.
If you’re shopping in this exclusive luxury performance coupe class, the 2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 may well be the best of the bunch. My choice would be the rear-drive model, as it’s near 200-pounds lighter.
Likes: Nicest color I’ve ever seen, overall looks, twin-turbo, comfort and performance.
Dislikes: Small cargo area; cumbersome touch-screen infotainment system.
— Greg Zyla writes weekly for More Content Now and other GateHouse Media publications.
Test Drive: 2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe
Entry Price: $39,950