Countering the onslaught of two-door premium coupes such as BMW 4-Series and Audi A5, Infiniti unveils the new Q60 two-door coupe, a year after its concept was revealed.
Slated to replace the G37 coupe, the Q60 looks sharper and more muscular than its predecessor. The new Q60 is also larger than its predecessor, measuring at 4,683mm in length, 1,850mm wide, 1,385mm high with a 2,850mm wheelbase.
The rear-wheel driven Q60 will be powered by the company’s new 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine from Nissan’s VR family. Two states of tunes are available; the entry level model gets 296 hp and 400 Nm of torque while the top-of-the-range variant gets a heartier 398 hp and 475 Nm of torque. There’s an option for a smaller Mercedes-sourced 2.0-litre turbocharged unit that produces 205 hp with 350 Nm of torque. That said, the 3.7-litre from the preceding Q60 is nothing but history. All variants will be mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift control.
Infiniti has also made significant gains to improve its vehicle’s ride and handling. To begin, the Direct Adaptive Steering has been retuned to improve feedback. A Drive Mode Selector is also available, which alters engine and transmission behaviour through Standard, Snow, Eco, Customise, Sport, and Sport+. The V6 models on the other hand, benefits from the Rack Electronic Power Steering that provides linear assistance while the 2.0-litre model gets the speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion setup.
There are two suspension choices for the Q60 – the entry model gets a set of redesigned shock absorbers and modified shock tuning and bushings. The V6 models benefits from the Digital Dynamic Suspension that receives software and hardware upgrades, including a dedicated set of dampers. A set of 19-inch rims is standard, with 20-inch rims available as option.
The Q60 will be available in showrooms by Summer 2016. In Malaysia, the outgoing Infiniti Q60 is being sold at RM411,139.