The coupe is a curious thing. Sure, there’s the high-end sports cars like the Porsche 911, Lamborghini Huracán, and Audi R8. But just below these and above the likes of the Mazda MX-5 Miata are a grupetto of well-priced luxury coupes including the Audi TT, Porsche 718 Cayman, and Infiniti Q60.
For this review, Infiniti had the 2018 Q60 400 Red Sport with all-wheel drive delivered to my home. Onto the base price of $52,000, Infinti had the Sensory Package ($2,250), which added a number of comfort and convenience appointments. The ProAssist Package ($2,250) and ProActive Package ($2,850) add a number of safety and security features. The Silver Optic Fiber trim ($800), illuminated kick plates ($400), and a Carbon Fiber Package ($2,250) gave the car more sassiness. A $905 destination charge applies. All told, the total cost of the tester was $63,705.
2018 Infiniti Q60 exterior
The face of Infiniti sedans seems to fit best on the Q60 where it flows sleekly in to the curvaceous body of the coupe. The car doesn’t look overtly fast from the side but from a quarter-view, you see a slip of sex that makes desirable. In Dynamic Sunstone Red, it looks even better.
2018 Infiniti Q60 performance
Equipped with a twin-turbocharged 300-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine under the hood, the 2018 Q60 Red Sport 400 has just the right amount of pickup to be fun, but not make you feel like the car would be good for a ride around a track. Its 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque get you off the line with more than enough quickness than you would need in everyday driving situations.
It hugs the road tightly but not as aggressively as the Lexus LC but not as loosely as the Buick Cascada. The Q60’s suspension isn’t as sporty as its higher priced competitors, which means that you won’t feel as many of the road’s imperfections as you move over them, which is a nice change from the usual coupe ride experience.
You can select your drive experience from one of six different modes: Customize, Standard, Snow, Eco, Sport, and for certain models Sport+.
2018 Infiniti Q60 interior
The interior of the car follows Infiniti’s typical fit, finish, and design package. There’s just enough leather to remind you that you’ve safety crossed over into the luxury category, but a mix of piano black surfaces and some hard elements are reminders that you’re not paying $100,000 for the Q60. Still, the cabin is stylish and elegant.
Adults easily fit up front but you’re better off saving the back seats for children. Up front, you’ll find sporty seats that are more focused on comfort than traditional sport seats. The bolstering is supportive yet unobtrusive and your posterior will be comfortable even after a long day in the seat.
The dual-pane infotainment system is a tale of two user stories. The top screen constantly shows the navigation system, which is outdated in its appearance and relatively useless. The font is too small to comfortably read from the driver’s side of the car on the fly and the graphics are unattractive.
The lower screen is situated quite a bit south of the upper and blow any sightline that would reasonably keep your eyes on the road. Still, it’s well-designed, attractive, and has a black background with thin lines making it easy to read in the day or night, without being blinding during nighttime driving.
2018 Infiniti Q60 cargo
Coupes aren’t meant to be big haulers but the Infiniti Q60 does win big over some rivals, including the Mercedes-Benz SLC, Mazda MX-5 Miata, and Audi TT because it has more cargo space, inside and out. Its rear seats fold down allowing for numerous cargo hold configurations.
2018 Infiniti Q60 safety
There are two safety technology packages available for the 2018 S60. The ProAssist Package includes forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, and Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection.
The ProActive Package features adaptive front headlights, high beam assist, advanced cruise control, Eco pedal, Advanced Climate Control System with Plasmacluster and Grape Polyphenol filter, pre-crash tightening seat belts, blind spot monitoring with assist, lane departure warning and prevention, and Direct Adaptive Steering.
2018 Infiniti Q60 final thoughts
The Infiniti Q60 has a number of competitors, each with their own flavor combination of posture on the road and power. You might find yourself staring at the 2018 Infiniti Q60 for a long second and when you do, you should know that it’s just as good to drive as it looks.