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2017 Infiniti Q60 Overview
The name has changed - as has the style, engine, suspension, steering, and cabin - but the new 2017 Infiniti Q60 seems more than ready to carry on Infiniti's legacy of compelling sports coupes.
The first generation of this 2-door sportster appeared in 2002 as the G35, was updated in 2008 as the G37, and has now been overhauled into the Q60. The new coupe made its debut at January’s 2016 North American International Auto Show (looking very much like the well-received concept car that was first introduced a year earlier) and will go on sale in the late summer of 2016.
The changes are apparent at first glance - while the G37 had a curvaceous feel, the Q60 is sharp and angular, taking its cues from the Infiniti Q50 sedan that debuted two years ago. The old slatted grille has been replaced with a honeycomb, the headlights are sleeker (Infiniti says they’re designed to emulate the shape of a human eyelid), and the foglights feel more integrated.
The rear lights echo the front lights and flow into the trunk lid instead of wrapping around the trunk, as they do on the outgoing model. The profile features a prominent character line that begins its crease at the front fenders and carries it to the rear. The space between the tires and the wheel arches has shrunk (the overall height is down half an inch), giving the Q60 an even lower and more aggressive and sporty appearance that’s complemented by the air vents behind the rear wheels.
The exterior redesign was updated with an eye on both style and improved aerodynamics, and the end result was a very good 0.28 drag coefficient. The sporty-looking air vents behind the front wheels aid the new aerodynamics by remaining closed in normal conditions and opening only for high-end performance.
Like the re-engineered aerodynamics, a choice of two suspension systems (one new, one updated) aims at making the Q60 even more engaging to drive than its predecessors. The all-new Dynamic Digital Suspension has a set of dedicated dampers, the latest software and hardware technology, and comes standard on the Sport and Premium trims. The base Q60 comes with the same basic suspension system found on the G37, but with relocated shock absorbers, modified shock tunings, and upgraded bushings.
The Sport and Premium trims also come standard with the second generation of Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering. This system was criticized when first introduced in the Q50 two years ago, but it has since been thoroughly revised to provide improved feedback and feel. It comes with a Driver Mode Selector that can move between six different settings - Customize, Standard, Snow, Eco, Sport, and Sport+.
The new performance technology will work its magic with an all-new engine that Infiniti has labled the “VR30 engine” - a 3.0-liter twin-turbo that comes in two power configurations. The high-output version cranks out 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque and gets an estimated 22 combined mpg. There’s also a version that produces 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and gets 23 mpg. The base Q60 models will come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 that delivers 208 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque, and gets 24 mpg.
All Q60 models will come with an updated 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control, which detects changes in the road like hills or corners and selects gears accordingly. The Q60 is rear-wheel-drive, with an available Intelligent All-Wheel all-wheel-drive system that automatically distributes power to the four corners as needed.
The changes continue into the Q60's cabin. There’s a redesigned steering wheel with additional mounted controls, and the InTuition infotainment control system has a faster processor and stacked dual screens. There are also two new cupholders (sometimes it’s the small things that matter most) and the chrome and metallic accents that peppered the G37 interior have been replaced by more subdued, soft-touch materials.
The cabin is also quieter than ever before thanks to wheels that have been designed to dampen vibrations, greater suspension insulation, and stiffer suspension cross members, as well as Infiniti’s Active Noise Cancellation system, which reduces engine sound. All that protection from road and engine noise will let you truly enjoy the all-new 13-speaker Bose Performance sound system.
The 2017 Q60 is also full of refined safety technology like intelligent cruise control with distance-control assist, forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure prevention, blind-spot intervention, an around-view monitor, and backup collision intervention.
After working at gas stations and car washes in high school, driving across the country more than a dozen times and even living on the road in a well-outfitted truck, Tim O'Sullivan finally started putting some of his automotive knowledge to work when he began writing for CarGurus in 2008. He's also an award-winning journalist and the Sports Editor at the Concord (NH) Monitor.
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