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2017 Infiniti Q60 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Infiniti Q60 was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 7.9

The 2017 Infiniti Q60's athletic appearance oversells its performance abilities. It has ample power from its optional 400-horsepower V6, and the automatic transmission makes quick shifts. It handles corners well, too, but its numb steering doesn’t let drivers connect with the road the way they'll want to in a sporty coupe.

  • "We have driven plenty of cars over the years that are exciting enough to make us wax poetic. This is not one of them. It's drugs – not Infinitis – that make you start spouting Blake." -- Car and Driver
  • "Is the Q60 Red Sport 400 an exhilarating driving experience? Not exactly, but it sure is quick off the line. For a holistically sporty experience, look to the aforementioned Audi, BMW, Cadillac and Mercedes models." -- New York Daily News
  • "'OK, this should be fun.' Hands are rubbed together excitedly. It's a rear-wheel-drive sport coupe painted candy apple red. It's sleek, slinky, and uniquely styled. It's from the same folks who, in the 2000s, finally showed that BMW could be matched in the whole sport sedan/coupe game. Oh, and it has 400 horsepower. Four-hundred! With a four. And yet the 2017 Infiniti Q60 underwhelms." -- Autoblog

Acceleration and Power

The base 2017 Q60 2.0t comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 208 horsepower. Stepping up to a 3.0t model gets you a 300-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. The Red Sport 400 has the same V6 tuned to make 400 horsepower. All models come with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The rear-wheel-drive Q60 2.0t gets up to 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. That's subpar for the class, trailing nearly every rival. The Mercedes-Benz CLA and Volvo S60 both get up to 36 mpg on the highway, and they're more fuel-efficient in city driving, too. With all-wheel drive, fuel efficiency drops to 21 mpg around town and 28 mpg in freeway driving. For those of you who need V6 power, the 3.0t only gets 19/28 mpg city/highway and the Red Sport 400 gets 20/27 mpg city/highway.

The Q60’s base engine makes less horsepower than the four-cylinders of similarly priced rivals like the Lexus RC 200t and the Cadillac ATS. The Red Sport 400's V6 doesn't match the performance-oriented Lexus RC F's 467-horsepower V8. Still, you'll have no trouble getting up to speed with the Red Sport's potent V6, which delivers its muscle instantaneously, with no turbo lag. Whether you're pulling away from a stop or trying to pass another car on the highway, press the accelerator and you'll speed up in no time. The seven-speed automatic transmission can be shifted manually using paddle shifters, though it doesn't respond as quickly as you may like. In Sport+ mode, it makes brisk automatic shifts.

  • "The first real stab of the throttle made it obvious the Q60 is happy to play, with the twin-turbo showing no sign of lag and the drivetrain delivering power immediately." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "During our test drive, only the 400-hp version was available. Applying that power to the road is fast and fun, with acceleration on tap at any sane speed. Prodding the throttle at 50 miles per hour makes particularly quick work of overtaking. Infiniti should be proud of this new engine." -- Autotrader
  • "The gearbox features a welcome manual shift mode, though there's a slight lag in responding to commands. For the majority of my drive, I leave the transmission in full auto with the Q60's drive mode selector into Sport+ for quick upshifts and well-timed downshifts." -- CNET

Handling and Braking

The Q60 comes standard with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive and adaptive suspension are optional. The electric power steering gives you no real feedback from the road, so you won't feel the connection between the car and the road that you might expect in a sporty car. The optional adaptive suspension helps improve the Q60's handling. In Standard mode, the ride is mostly comfortable for daily driving, though it's not quite as cushioned as the ride in some competitors. Switch it to Sport or Sport+, and the suspension tightens, keeping the car flat around corners with plenty of traction. The brakes are strong, giving you the confidence to stay on the accelerator just a bit longer as you enter turns.

  • "The engineers love this steer-by-wire system for what it can do – it allows them to tune greater variety into the steering feel to please a wider array of customers – but we find that it still can't mimic a really good hydraulically or electrically assisted steering system when it comes to feedback. After we briefly drove a car with the standard rack-mounted electrically assisted power steering (EPS), we certainly can't recommend DAS [Direct Adaptive Steering]." -- Car and Driver
  • "The ride quality in normal mode is compliant, if on the stiffer side. The system is excellent when switched to its most aggressive mode, limiting body lean and providing loads of grip." -- Left Lane News
  • "The brakes feel strong and confident, with an initial bite that might seem too much if you hit the pedal hard. But if you keep the inputs smooth, there's quite a bit of driving satisfaction to be had." -- Autotrader

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