Infiniti Q60 Concept previews new high-performance coupe (+VIDEO)
Making a bold but sophisticated statement that points to the next generation Q60 Coupe that's due later this year, the Infiniti Q60 Concept made its global debut in Detroit. Aimed squarely at the likes of the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series, Cadillac ATS, Lexus RC and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, this compact 2+2 fastback matches its dramatic appearance with a potent 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President, Product Strategy, calls it the automaker's most emotional and accessible concept so far and notes that it represents a proof point in Infiniti's "concept-to-production" approach.
Rendered in a mix of aluminum and carbon fiber set off with a calculated measure of chrome accent trim, the Q60 Concept reflects what Infiniti's Executive Design Director, Alfonso Albasia deems "a progressive evolution" of visual themes seen in two earlier show cars, embracing the expressive presence of the Q80 Inspiration as well as pure performance elements from of the Q50 Eau Rouge. Infiniti intends to leverage that formidable 1-2 punch to raise its profile and standing in the prestige market with the Q60 as well as other upcoming models in the lineup.
Longer, lower, wider
Finished in unique Arctic Aluminum metallic, the Concept Coupe is slightly longer, lower and wider than the existing Q60, but rides on the same 112.2-inch wheelbase. Up front, its sleek but evocatively edgy body contours are set off by a large grille flanked by intelligent LED headlamps with fiber-optic accents that automatically adapt to steering, speed and elevation changes. Muscular fender arches - the better to house its 21-inch wheel/tire package - team with a flowing roofline that resolves into a restyled C-pillar to add interest to the profile while the tail of the Q60 Concept sports an integrated decklid spoiler, 3D-look LED/fiber optic lamps and a functional lower diffuser with dual-paired chrome exhaust outlets.
Inside, the Q60 Concept integrates sportiness and luxury, highlighted by four well-bolstered individual bucket seats wrapped in a selection of rich hand-stitched leathers in a two-tone black/white motif that also appears on the dash and steering wheel. While carbon fiber accents reinforce the performance theme, the Q60 Concept also features the fully digital Infiniti InTuition system found in the Q50 Sedan which permits individual settings of various vehicle functions for up to four drivers using the automaker's Intelligent Keys.
A clean, mean 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6
While providing limited technical detail about the powertrain in the Q60 Concept, Infiniti did say its new 3.0-liter twin-turbo direct-injected V6 is the same one fitted in the Q80 Inspiration. Part of a new family of smaller, lighter, cleaner and more fuel-efficient engines Infiniti plans to introduce throughout its entire lineup during the next two years, it offers enhanced power and torque compared to the current 3.5-liter VQ V6 and is backed by a 7-speed automatic transmission. No mention of hard output stats, but it did make 450 horsepower in the Q80 Inspiration and was paired with an electric motor that upped total pony count to 550, both good signs for what may lie ahead in the volume-build 2016 Infiniti Q60.
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