Infiniti Q60 coupe road test and review
BEING the "black sheep" of luxury motoring could help make Infiniti cool.
That's the opinion of the marque's executive design director Alfonso Albaisa, who was trumpeting the look of Infiniti's new Q60 coupe.
The luxury arm of Nissan is gunning for buyers who want to step away from the conventional posh brands. Beautiful lines of this new sports car will surely help turn some heads for the fledgling brand, which has even sandwiched itself within a retail shop among Gucci, Rolex and Prada at the Gold Coast's swanky Pacific Fair shopping centre.
Launched in Australia four years ago, Infiniti has fleshed out its model range. This halo coupe follows the recent release of the Q30 compact hatch and Q70 sedan, joining QX30, QX70 and QX80 SUVs.
We've seen the badge on the shoulder of F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, and there will now be a concerted effort to improve brand recognition.
Among the heavy hitters is Jon Snow (aka Kit Harington). The Game of Thrones star recites verses from William Blake's poem The Tyger while driving a Q60 in a promo video.
Priced from $62,900, only the base model Q60 GT is available with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The heavy hitting twin-turbo V6 will arrive in March next year, but the circa 300kW beast will set you back nearly $90,000 plus on-roads.
With Jon Snow on board, should we expect medieval feats?
Brimming with luxury, there is nothing primitive about Infiniti's coupe.
Those looking for a two-door sports car primarily want attention and engender envy. The Q60 certainly looks the part.
When it comes to performance, the turbo four-potter is strong and reliable with a lovely shunt available in the mid-rev range, but the sprint from standstill to 100kmh in 7.3 seconds dictates it's no performance firecracker.
Does that mean it's slow?
Hardly, it feels energetic and possesses a firm, yet comfortable ride with a chassis that feels like it's readied for more power.
This engine and seven-speed auto combination is more of your grand tourer variety.
The only complaint was the artificial steering feel. We had to opt for the heavier "sport" drive mode for greater control and less electrical interruption.
What's it like inside?
The dash can feel imposing, with the occupants positioned low. Swooping circular lines are a feature with dual colour touch-screen displays central on the dash.
Fit and finish feels first class with double stitched leather adorning the seats, door tops and grab handles.
Those pews are lovely and supportive from all angles, while there is even reasonable space for adults in the back.
How does it stack up in terms of practicalities?
Boot space is massive compared to its predecessor, up 100 litres to 342. That's better than most small hatches and sub-compact SUVs. The rear seat back also folds.
The primary storage spot for phones and other devices is in the console - which is where you find 12-volt plug, dual USB and auxiliary ports. Caffeine lovers will appreciate two cup holders found between passengers front and back.
What do you get for your hard-earned?
Basic equipment includes 19-inch alloys, eight-way electric adjustable and heated front seats, front and back parking sensors with rear view camera, six-speaker CD stereo with digital radio, full Bluetooth connectivity, sat nav, cruise control, as well as solid safety kit including automated braking when a forward collision is detected.
There is an enhancement pack for an extra $3000 which incorporates a 13-speaker Bose sound system, sunroof and around view monitor.
What else is around?
Lexus has the RC200t ($65,090), Mercedes-Benz offers the C200 Coupe ($65,900), BMW's 420i Coupe ($68,900) is also in the mix, as is the Audi A5 Coupe ($68,900).
What's the lowdown?
Infiniti has a good looking cruiser in the Q60.
The specification levels are strong, although you do have to pay $1500 for metallic paint and you can only get the stunning red hue with the "Sport Premium" model coming next year alongside the V6 derivative.
Beautiful from all angles, it's pronounced sculpted profile, double-arch grille and integrated spoiler balance elegance and power.
Infiniti is working hard on developing the brand and while dealerships are confined to capital cities there are Nissan dealers in regional areas which can handle servicing.
Keen drivers could find the steering benign, although it should be on the consideration list for anyone searching for a luxurious coupe cruiser with strong specification levels.
Model: Infiniti Q60.
Details: Two-door rear-wheel drive performance coupe.
Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder generating maximum power of 155kW @ 5500rpm and peak torque of 350Nm @ 1250-3500rpm.
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic.
Consumption: 7.7 litres/100km (combined average).
Performance 0-100kmh: 7.3 seconds.
Bottom line plus on-roads: GT $62,900, GT with enhancement pack $65,900.
What matters most
What we liked: Sleek looks, something different in premium genre, leather finishes.
What we'd like to see: Less artificial steering feel, electric park brake rather than and foot-operated, paddle shifters.
Warranty and servicing: Four-year 100,000km warranty with premium roadside assist. Capped price servicing available, at an average of $677 a service with intervals annual or every 25,000km.
Driving experience 13/20
Features and equipment 18/20
Functionality and comfort 17/20
Value for money 16/20
Style and design 17/20