Making its world debut in Detroit, the 2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe embodies all of the dynamic character seen in its Q60 Concept unveiled here last year. A bolder and more focused exercise than the car it replaces, the recast Q60 complements its edgier style and stronger performance with enhanced comfort/convenience touches and a full range of active/passive driver assists. It’s a formula Infinti President Roland Krueger believes will affirm the division’s leadership in the premium sport coupe class.

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Born as the Infiniti G35 in 2002, this third-generation coupe is both lower and wider than the outgoing model but rides on the same 112.2-inch wheelbase. Despite its decidedly more aggressive exterior treatment highlighted by a signature double-arch grille, LED lighting and standard 19-inch/optional 20-inch alloy wheels, the new Q60 boasts an impressive 0.28 coefficient of drag. In addition to active grille shutters on V6-powered models, the hood on all Q60s has been specifically contoured to minimize wind resistance and vents on the front fenders optimizes airflow exiting the engine bay.

Exhilaration on demand

Not surprisingly, the new 2017 Q60 Coupe shares a good deal of its revamped mechanicals with the Q50 Sedan that was upgraded for 2016. It starts with powertrain choices that now include Infiniti’s all-new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of peak torque. A high-output Sport-spec version of this new VR-series six in the Q60 S ups those stats to 400/350. Like the Q50, the entry-level Q60 will come with the automaker’s 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of peak twist. All Q60 variants will be fitted with a 7-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode and steering-wheel-mounted paddles as well as Adaptive Shift Control that optimizes gear choices in response to changing driving conditions. Infiniti says the Q60’s engines will offer some of the best power-to-efficiency ratios in the premium sports coupe segment.

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Revised underpinnings across the line impart a higher level of agility to the 2016 Q60 lineup whether rear-drive or fitted with the available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system. The base suspension has been re-tuned and the shock absorbers repositioned to improve NVH and overall ride compliance while sharpening response. A new Dynamic Digital Suspension that’s standard on Q60 Sport models offfers a new level of performance on both the comfort and sport ends of the spectrum. Where 4-cylinder Q60s rely on speed-sensitive electro-hydraulic power steering all V6 models feature Rack Electronic Power Steering that automatically varies effort levels to compensate for changes in yaw angles when cornering. Beyond that, V6 variants offer new Gen II Direct Adaptive Steering. Also revised to allow even broader levels of personalization, DAS improves feedback to the driver while helping reduce fatigue levels on longer trips.

Quieter, safer and more comfortable

Inside, the 2017 Q60 Coupe has a more sophisticated character that melds basic design cues found in the Q50 Sedan with unique trim and equipment touches. All versions feature Infiniti’s cosseting “spinal support” seats, Active Noise Cancellation and a new 13-speaker Bose Performance Series sound system with custom-tailored acoustics. The standard equipment roster includes the latest generation of the automaker’s InTuition infotainment system. On the safety front, the Q60 will offer an Around View Monitor, Intelligent Cruise Control with Distance Control Assist, Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Lane Departure Prevention, Blind Spot Intervention and Backup Collision Intervention. The 2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe is slated to arrive in showrooms here later this year. More specific details on U.S. pricing, packaging and EPA numbers will be released closer to the actual on-sale date.


 

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