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2019 Infiniti Q60 Performance Review

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Performance: 8.1

While it has a strong twin-turbo V6 engine, the Infiniti Q60 is not as sporty as its exterior styling suggests. Its ride is a bit firm but remains comfortable over most road surfaces. Fuel economy is subpar for the class.

  • "The top Red Sport trim adds a heaping dose of performance due to an upgraded engine, an adaptive suspension and more powerful brakes. But regardless of trim, drivers will enjoy smooth on-road manners." -- Edmunds
  • "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

This coupe has a twin-turbo V6 engine that puts out 300 horsepower in all trims but the Red Sport 400, where it makes – you guessed it – 400 horsepower. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard. While not heart-racing, the base engine is perfectly fine for city and highway driving. The more powerful version in the Red Sport model delivers a little extra punch.

The base Infiniti Q60 gets fuel estimates of 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Those figures are below average for the class.

  • "Although we like the standard turbo V6, the Red Sport's engine is outstanding and has plenty of power for all occasions." -- Edmunds
  • "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

The Q60’s ride is firm but still comfortable, and the coupe’s strong brakes and great road grip help it remain composed when the path gets twisty. You’re better off avoiding the optional adaptive steering, which feels numb and unnatural compared to the base Q60's steering. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • "We're less fond of the optional Direct Adaptive Steering system, which feels overly disconnected and artificial. Without it, the Q60's handling is secure." -- Edmunds
  • "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)

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