2018 Infiniti Q60 Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.1

Though the 2018 Infiniti Q60 may look sporty, its performance doesn't quite live up to its appearance. The base engine is not particularly powerful, and it's very thirsty. The available twin-turbo V6 engines deliver much quicker acceleration. The Q60 has decent cornering capabilities, but its numb steering keeps it from being truly athletic.

  • "'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 (2017)
  • 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 (2017)
  • "We have driven plenty of cars over the years that are exciting enough to make us wax poetic. This is not one of them." -- Car and Driver (2017)

Acceleration and Power

A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 208 horsepower comes standard in 2.0t trims, while 3.0t models have a 300-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. The Red Sport 400 has a tuned version of the V6 that makes 400 horsepower. All engines are paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel-drive Q60 2.0t models get low fuel economy estimates compared to rivals, at 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive drops gas mileage to 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

The four-cylinder engine makes less horsepower than the four-cylinders in many rivals, despite being less fuel-efficient. The 3.0t V6 provides quick acceleration without a lot of noise, though there is some noticeable turbo lag when you hit the accelerator at high speeds. Acceleration at lower speeds is more immediate. The Red Sport 400 is very quick and has none of the turbo lag you get with the less powerful V6. You can manually shift the transmission with the available paddle shifters, but it doesn't shift very quickly this way. You'll be better off letting the transmission work on its own.

  • The twin-turbo V6 in the 3.0t is … very quiet when cruising and not much noisier under acceleration. Asking for a burst of power while at highway speeds demonstrates an obvious lag before the turbos fully grasp the situation and do their stuff-and they do it fairly well. At lower speeds the engine seems to react quicker to the throttle." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • 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 (2017)

Handling and Braking

There's good news and bad news when it comes to the Q60's ride and handling. On the plus side, the ride is fairly comfortable over bumpy roads, and this coupe stays level and composed when cornering. The optional adaptive steering feels very numb and isolates the driver too much from what is going on at the front wheels. The Q60's brakes are strong. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, while all-wheel drive, adaptive steering, and an adaptive suspension are available.

  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

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