We’re a couple of years into the all-Q naming system for Infiniti, and while the confusion hasn’t really lessened — Infiniti is seemingly changing names moment-to-moment—the cars have continued to get more attractive with each subsequent release. The latest car to get Infiniti’s latest design language makeover is new the 2017 Infiniti Q60.
Fortunately, the Q60’s beauty is more than skin deep, making it an easy task to find five cool things to love about Infiniti’s new sport/luxury coupe. Pricing for the new Q60 coupe hasn’t been released yet, but with an early summer launch for the U.S., we expect to hear more soon.
1. Twin-turbo V-6 engine
Under the hood of the top-tier Q60, you’ll find a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 VR30 engine good for 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. While the mini-GT-R appeal of the new engine is obvious, less obvious is the engine’s use of two water pumps to enhance cooling under heavy load. Another cool feature? An optical turbo speed sensor which lets the turbine blades spin faster, delivering a 30-percent power boost, according to Infiniti.
2. Design trumps aero
At the nose of the car, you may notice the small vertical vane just above the grille. It looks like it might be some sort of aero divider or gentle vortex generator, right? Wrong. As Infiniti spokesman Kyle Bazemore told us, it’s purely design-driven, making a continuation of the Infiniti “infinite road” logo as viewed from the front. It also helps “anchor” the rather large badge in the otherwise smooth, curved mass of the nose.
3. Colorful carbon fiber interior
On Q60 Sport models, those equipped with black interiors will offer a carbon fiber package. It’s genuine carbon fiber—no repulsive “carbon look” here—but with a special twist: a thread of violet-tinted carbon is weaved into the pattern. Cars with white interiors will get the same treatment, but with silver instead of violet carbon. While it might sound gaudy, it actually comes off very well in person.
4. Available electronic suspension
All-new for the Q60, a Dynamic Digital Suspension system (available on the Q60 Sport model) offers on-the-fly electronic adjustment of the suspension to Sport and Sport+ modes from the base comfort-tuned setting, promising a firmer damper profile for better spirited driving performance. Those familiar with Infiniti’s past Sport-model fixed suspension tunes will welcome the added range of adjustment—speed metal is great, but not all the time.
5. All-wheel drive
It’s hard not to love rear-wheel drive for its dynamic purity, but all-wheel drive can turn a very good performer into a true beast of a machine — again, just look at the GT-R. Like that twin-turbo all-wheel-drive monster, the Q60 should prove to be not just tenacious in the corners but a rocket from a stop, potentially making it a stoplight king for those inclined to such shenanigans. It’s not all bad news for rear-drive puritans, either: the all-wheel drive system splits 50/50 front/rear under normal conditions, but if it detects the extra forward traction isn’t required at the moment, it will revert to 100-percent rear-drive.