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Handsome Q60 coupe has dynamic looks and drive to boost Infiniti image

PUBLISHED: 13:20 26 January 2017

Infiniti has turned the underpinnings of the Q50 saloon into the head-turning Q60 coupe. Pictures: Infiniti

Infiniti has turned the underpinnings of the Q50 saloon into the head-turning Q60 coupe. Pictures: Infiniti

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The Q60 coupe is a completely new model from Infiniti but can it help push the brand in the right direction? Andrew Evans finds out.

Infiniti has turned the underpinnings of the Q50 saloon into the head-turning Q60 coupe. Pictures: InfinitiInfiniti has turned the underpinnings of the Q50 saloon into the head-turning Q60 coupe. Pictures: Infiniti

What’s new?

The Q60 is an all-new model, taking the Q50 saloon as a base and turning it into a rather pleasant coupe. It’s not Infiniti’s first attempt at a car of this type – the G37 was part of its UK launch line-up but chances are you’ll almost never have seen one. Infiniti hopes the Q60 will be more visible.

Looks and image

Infiniti has turned the underpinnings of the Q50 saloon into the head-turning Q60 coupe. Pictures: InfinitiInfiniti has turned the underpinnings of the Q50 saloon into the head-turning Q60 coupe. Pictures: Infiniti

The car is a pretty handsome affair, by and large sticking to the concept car forms Infiniti has been bringing to motor shows for the past few years.

However, the brand sells in such small volumes that there’s little brand awareness (despite sponsoring the Red Bull F1 team in recent years), and those who are familiar with it know it as a premium arm of the Nissan brand. It’s not the first name on the lips of BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz buyers that Infiniti would class as rivals.

Space and practicality

Infiniti has turned the underpinnings of the Q50 saloon into the head-turning Q60 coupe. Pictures: InfinitiInfiniti has turned the underpinnings of the Q50 saloon into the head-turning Q60 coupe. Pictures: Infiniti

This two-door coupe may be based on a reasonably large vehicle but, when the rear doors go and roofline plunges, you lose a lot of space in the back. The rear seats are a token affair suitable for young children but the huge doors and folding seat backs mean accessing them is a challenge.

You might be happy if you do get your kids in the back though, as when it comes to safety, Infiniti has got it sorted. Technology such as forward emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure and a speed limiter are standard across the range, while there’s a tech pack that adds adaptive cruise, adaptive lights, rear collision prevention and so on.

What’s under the bonnet?

The 208bhp 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo petrol engine drives the rear wheels. This is good for 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds, 146mph, 41.5mpg combined and 156g/km CO2.

The car was designed, though, around the new 3.0-litre, V6 twin turbo petrol with 399bhp and all-wheel drive. The 0-60mph dash takes 4.8 seconds with a stop speed of 155mph, 31mpg combined – but nearer to 23mpg on the test – and 208g/km CO2.

Both engines are mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Behind the wheel

The Q60 uses a drive-by-wire system which takes the inputs from the steering wheel and sends them electronically to the steering rack. It means the steering can be set up as light or as heavy as you want it to be, has no central dead zone and doesn’t feed back awful road surfaces, making for a relaxed long-distance drive, sporty and direct at the touch of a button.

But there’s also not a lot of steering feedback but, despite this, the Q60 is a pretty sharp handler with plenty of grip.

Value for money

Considering the equipment on offer, the Q60 is keenly priced. For most buyers, what it has as standard on the £33,990 entry-level Q60 2.0t Premium is exactly what you’d want – leather seats, heated in front with electric adjustment, electric, heated wing mirrors, satellite navigation, DAB radio, cruise control, reverse parking camera and LED daytime lights, tail lights and fog lights.

Projections also put the three-year retained value above the BMW and Audi options at 47%.

TECH AND SPEC

Price: Infiniti Q60 Sport 3.0 V6 £42,990 (2.0t range from £33,990)
Engine: 3.0-litre, 399bhp, V6 twin-turbo petrol

Transmission: Seven-speed automatic

Performance: 0-60mph 4.8 seconds; top speed 155mph

MPG: 31 combined

CO2 emissions: 208g/km

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