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2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe: Detroit Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe is a sporty new 2-door coupe replacing the outgoing Q60 (formerly the G37 Coupe). The long-awaited model offers new styling, new engines and new features, bringing Infiniti back into contention with serious rivals from BMW, Lexus and others.

On the outside, the latest Q60 Coupe keeps its general profile compared to last year’s model, which means there’s still a long hood, a steeply raked rear end and an aggressive front bumper, but the Q60 offers totally revised styling with obvious changes to virtually every surface to give the coupe a modernized look. Inside, the Q60 Coupe is also freshened with a revised interior that uses a new, sportier design and improved materials.

Bigger news than the styling, however, is what’s under the hood. With the Q60, Infiniti is abandoning its popular 3.7-liter V6 in favor of two turbocharged engine options, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo with 208 horsepower or a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that comes in 300- or 400-hp variants. A 7-speed automatic transmission is standard, while drivers can choose between rear- or all-wheel drive. Infiniti has not yet announced whether the Q60 Convertible will be reappearing, though we wouldn’t be surprised to see it return to the lineup in a year or two.

How Much?

Although Infiniti has not yet announced pricing, we suspect it will stay relatively close to the current Q60’s starting price of around $41,900 with shipping.

When Can You Get It?

Summer 2016

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

We liked the Infiniti G35 when it first came out for the 2003 model year, and we liked the redesigned model in 2008. In recent years, we’ve been disappointed to see the G37 Coupe (later the Q60) grow older with no apparent redesign. Now, the update we’ve been waiting for is finally here. The 2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe sees new styling, new engines and new life breathed back into this once-popular car. Given how successful previous models have been, this one definitely deserves a spot on your shopping list.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 BMW 4 Series — The 4 Series will likely be more expensive than the Q60 Coupe, and if history holds true, the Q60 will probably offer similar performance and more equipment with its lower price tag.

2016 Lexus RC — The recently released Lexus RC offers bold styling, rear- or all-wheel drive and muscular powertrains. It’s a close competitor to the Q60, though we suspect the Lexus will end up being more expensive.

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class — Although Mercedes-Benz has not yet debuted a redesign version of its C-Class Coupe, we have no doubt it’s on the way. Considering how much we like the C-Class sedan, we suspect it will offer an enticing challenge to the Q60.

Used BMW M3 — If you want power and performance above all else, you may want to consider a sporty model, like the BMW M3. Prices for a new M3 are high though, so we suggest considering a used one instead.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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