New Car Review
2014 Infiniti Q60: New Car Review
The 2014 Infiniti Q60 (formerly known as the G37) coupe and convertible nameplates are new to the Infiniti lineup, but the cars to which they are attached are very familiar. Unlike the so-called 4-door coupes being rolled out by such automakers as Mercedes-Benz, VW, Audi and BMW, Infiniti remains true to the formula that makes personal transportation, well, personal.
Traditionally, a coupe has always had two doors and, to the truly faithful, only two seats. But the 2014 Infiniti Q60 coupe makes sense to us because its small back seat isn't really a setting for two adults. It's a nice just-in-case emergency spot you won't find on a Porsche Boxster or BMW Z4. In fairness, the Q60 coupe and convertible do have drawbacks. The demure trunk isn't going to swallow much more than a few pieces of luggage and, in convertible form, is practically nonexistent with the retractable hardtop folded down. The Q60 also sits low, making it difficult to climb into and out of, and it carries a pretty high price for offering so little convenience.
But those looking at a coupe usually aren't looking for convenience. They're looking for excitement, passion and something that turns everyone's head in their direction. Those are skills that the 2014 Infiniti Q60 coupe and convertible have perfected.
What's New for 2014?
Infiniti's G37 coupe and convertible get a new name, Q60, but little else changes from last year's model.
What We Like
Brilliant handling; smooth, powerful V6; great balance of performance and luxury
What We Don't
Tiny rear seat; somewhat firm ride; needs more horsepower on the IPL version if it's to compete with BMW M cars
The Q60 uses a potent yet efficient 3.7-liter V6 engine. In Journey, S, 6MT and AWD models, this engine makes 330 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The same engine in the Q60 IPL is tuned to produce 348 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy with the standard 3.7-liter is 19 miles per gallon city/27 mpg hwy with the automatic, 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy with AWD and 17 mpg city/25 mpg hwy with the manual transmission. Fuel economy for the Convertible is rated at 17 mpg city/25 mpg hwy (16 mpg city/24 mpg hwy for the AWD), while the IPL is rated at 19 mpg city/27 mpg hwy with manual transmission and 17 mpg city/25 mpg hwy with the automatic.
Journey and AWD models all have a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode and Downshift Rev Matching. The Sport trim has a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission. The IPL can be equipped with either transmission.
The AWD models use Infiniti's Intelligent AWD system. It has a rear bias until the system senses the rear wheels slip, and then power is routed to the front and rear equally until traction is regained.
Standard Features & Options
The 2014 Infiniti Q60 is offered in coupe and convertible form and in four possible trims: Journey, S, AWD (coupe only) and IPL.
The Q60 Journey ($41,305) includes Infiniti's Intelligent Key keyless entry and start system, leather seating, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, 7-inch color LCD monitor and 6-speaker stereo, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, USB/iPod port, dual-zone automatic temperature control, tilt/telescopic steering column, 8-way power driver's and passenger seat with manual lumbar, cruise control, 18-in alloy wheels and a rearview monitor.
The Q60 Convertible ($48,805) includes the same equipment plus a power retractable hardtop.
The Q60 S ($46,405, coupe; $53,655, convertible) adds a 6-speed manual transmission, 19-in wheels with performance tires, sport suspension, brakes and steering, a power glass moonroof, voice-activated navigation, an 11-speaker Bose Studio on Wheels sound system and a rear sonar backup warning system.
The Q60 AWD ($42,955) has all the features found on the Journey trim plus AWD and a snow mode.
The Q60 IPL ($52,105, coupe; $62,355, convertible) brings a more powerful V6 engine, 6-speed manual transmission (coupe only), 19-in lightweight alloy wheels, IPL sport suspension, red-stitched leather interior, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, Bose audio and voice-activated navigation.
The 2014 Infiniti Q60 can be equipped with a variety of options, but most are bundled into packages. The Premium Package brings a power glass moonroof (coupe), 11-speaker Infiniti Studio on Wheels by Bose audio system, memory for the driver's seat, steering wheel and mirrors, driver's seat power lumbar support and a rear sonar system.
The Navigation Package adds voice-activated navigation with NavTraffic and NavWeather (requires SiriusXM subscription).
The Sport Package adds 19-in wheels, a limited-slip rear differential, sport suspension, sport brakes, sport seats, aluminum pedals and, on automatic equipped models, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The Technology Package adds Intelligent Cruise Control, which helps maintain a safe distance between you and the traffic ahead, Brake Assist with preview braking, rain-sensing wipers and an Advanced Climate Control system that purifies air entering the cabin.
The 2013 Infiniti Q60 coupe features front, front side-impact and side-curtain airbags, as well as electronic traction and stability control, 4-wheel ABS and a tire-pressure monitoring system. The convertible has the same features except that its side-curtain airbags are mounted in the doors, and it includes a set of pop-up rollover bars behind the rear seats that activate in the event of a rollover situation.
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash-tested the Q60.
Behind the Wheel
You won't have to twist any of our test drivers' arms to get them to admit the Q60 coupe is one of our favorite performance cars. Even in luxury Journey trim, the Q60 is a marvelous machine. The suspension is firmer than in the Q50 sedan, but as long as the road stays smooth, the ride does, too.
Move up to the Q60S and you'll get exhilarating acceleration with razor-sharp handling. The Q60 lives for the curve, exhibiting excellent stability and tenacious grip. AWD makes a great car greater, but the 6-speed manual transmission and sport suspension on the Sport model win us over every time.
Those seeking Infiniti's version of the ultimate driving machine owe themselves a test drive in the Q60 IPL. Although it's not significantly more powerful than the Sport, its suspension, brakes, steering and throttle response have been tweaked to peak performance.
Other Cars to Consider
BMW 4 Series Coupe and Convertible -- The new 4 Series is larger and wider than the old 3 Series coupe and convertible, and can become quite pricey when options are heaped on.
Cadillac CTS Coupe -- The CTS delivers excellent performance but with a smoother ride, a much bigger back seat and trunk, and a look that is proudly American.
Lexus IS Convertible -- The IS 350C offers a bit more legroom up front than the Q60, but its engine is not as powerful and its handling is not as sharp.
Our convertible choice is the Q60 base with Premium and Navigation Packages. For the coupe, we'd go with the Q60 AWD. It delivers great year-round performance, which is especially important to those who live in snowy climes. While we love the performance provided by the S trim and available Sport Package, the ride may prove too harsh for most luxury buyers.