New 2018 INFINITI Q60 Coupe New 2018
INFINITI Q60 Coupe

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KBB Editor's Overview

By KBB.com Editorial Staff

Infiniti’s only 2-door coupe, the luxurious 2018 Q60 is sleek, sexy and sophisticated with turbocharged engines, available all-wheel drive and as much as 400 horsepower. All-new just last year, it’s available in four trim levels, with prices starting just under $40,000. Three engines are offered. Pure and Luxe models get a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 208 horsepower, but Luxe models are also available with the 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 found in the Sport models. The Red Sport, which competes with the BMW M4 and Audi S5, gets a 400-horsepower version of the V6, and it’s a satisfying combination for enthusiasts with strong acceleration and handling. All-wheel drive is offered on all models for an additional $2,000. The 2018 Infiniti Q60 battles the popular BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 as well as the Lexus RC and Mercedes C-Class Coupe.

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You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for a luxurious performance coupe with head-turning design and available all-wheel drive, you’ll like the 2018 Infiniti Q60. The fact that its base price undercuts the MSRP of the BMW 430i Coupe, Audi A5 Coupe, Lexus RC Turbo and Mercedes C300 Coupe only makes it more attractive.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Unlike some of the Infiniti’s competition, the new Q60 is not available as a convertible. If you want to put the top down, look to the BMW 4 Series, the Audi A5 and the Mercedes C-Class. The Infiniti is also unavailable with a manual transmission, unlike the BMW, which still offers diehard enthusiasts three pedals.

What's New for 2018

All-new just last year, the 2018 Infiniti Q60 gets a small list of refinements. For 2018, the Q60 renames some trim levels; now there are four: Pure, Luxe, Sport and Red Sport 400. Also, the top Red Sport 400 gets a wheel-size upgrade from 19-inch rims to 20-inchers.

Driving It

Driving Impressions

Part luxury car, part sports car and part muscle car, the new 2018 Infiniti Q60 is a blast to drive, especially with the more powerful twin-turbo V6. The Red Sport 400 can punch to 60 mph in less than five seconds. Although the new Q60 is a bit larger and heavier than some of its competitors, it’s quick and athletic on the road. Acceleration is satisfying, even with the standard turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, and the 7-speed automatic transmission is well-geared and responsive and makes the most of its 208 horsepower. It’s fun to manually shift the transmission with the standard paddle shifters and there’s a Sport mode with downshift rev matching. The ride is comfortable, but not class-leading. The Audi and BMW ride better. But the Infiniti’s standard suspension and 2-mode adaptive system offer ample handling and enough compliance for soaking up light road imperfections. At higher speeds, the cabin is well-isolated from road and wind noise.

Favorite Features

AROUND VIEW MONITOR
Nissan’s Around View Monitor is like the ultimate rearview camera. It not only shows you what’s behind the low-slung coupe, but additional cameras on the side and front of the vehicle give you a bird’s-eye 360-degree view of the Q60 and its surroundings. It makes maneuvering in tight spaces and parking lots much easier.

FORWARD EMERGENCY BRAKING
Standard on the Luxe trim level and up, this important safety system scans the road ahead for obstacles, vehicles and even pedestrians in your path. If it senses a probable collision it will warn you, but if you do not take action to avoid the accident the system will apply the brakes for you.

Vehicle Details

Interior

Attractive, comfortable and finely crafted, the interior of the 2018 Infiniti Q60 is a pleasing mix of technology, design and strong ergonomics. Control placement is excellent, and the two touch screens that control the navigation and infotainment systems are well placed; unfortunately, they feel small compared to others in the class. Also, the mapping interface and graphics are a bit outdated. Seat comfort is among the best in the segment, however, and sightlines are surprisingly good for such an aggressively styled coupe. Though rear headroom is not suitable for adults, legroom out back is shockingly acceptable, and the trunk can swallow a pair of small carry-ons.

Exterior

On the road, the Q60 looks long, low and wide with a hunkered-down stance over its sizable wheels and tires. Only a handful of production models can wear a concept-car exterior and get away with it, and the 2018 Infiniti Q60 is one of them. Bucking the “good from afar, but far from good” designs of late, a closer look reveals intricate touches and careful attention to detail ranging from drilled exhaust tips, to a 3D grille badge, to a unique aero bulge that begins in the grille and extends to the hood. Overall, it’s more interesting than the Mercedes C-Class Coupe, more voluptuous than BMW 4 Series and Audi A4, and less cartoonish than the Lexus RC.

Notable Standard Equipment

Impressively well-equipped in base form, the 2018 Infiniti Q60 comes with key standards like 19-inch wheels, keyless access with push-button start, a dizzying array of drive settings, LED headlights and taillights, an 8-way-power driver’s seat with manual lumbar support, a rearview camera, Bluetooth and a 6-speaker sound system tied to a dual-screen infotainment center. Sadly, onboard Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available on any trim level. Also, standard is a folding rear seat to expand the coupe’s trunk space, dual-zone climate controls, brushed-aluminum interior trim and two USB ports. A tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel is also standard.

Notable Optional Equipment

With no physical connection between the wheel in your hand and the wheels on the road, arguably the biggest story here is the Q60’s optional steer-by-wire system. An engineering marvel it may be, but in a sports-car context, Adaptive Direct Steering, as it’s known, leaves a lot to be desired in terms of feedback and predictability. As a result, we recommend pocketing that extra $1,000 and sticking to the conventional steering unit. Options we do recommend include heated seats, a heated steering wheel, semi-aniline leather, navigation and a low-resolution 360-degree camera system. If active safety is on your mind, there are lane-keeping assist, blind-spot intervention, adaptive cruise control, and predictive forward collision.

Under the Hood

The 2018 Infiniti Q60 Pure and Luxe are powered by a, you guessed it, 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that produces 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It’s also rated 30 mpg on the highway. Like every Q60, a 7-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive (RWD) are standard, but all-wheel drive (AWD) is available as a $2,000 option. Luxe and Sport 3.0t models make use of a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that generates 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, while Red Sport 400s employ an up-tuned version that cranks out an additional 100 horsepower and 55 lb-ft of torque with virtually no drop in fuel economy.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
208 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 mpg (RWD), 21/28 mpg (AWD)

3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6
300 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 mpg (RWD), 19/27 mpg (AWD)

3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6
400 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
350 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 mpg (RWD), 19/26 mpg (AWD)

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Pricing Notes

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) begin just shy of $40,000 and top out right around $60,000 for a fully loaded Red Sport 400. In base form, the Q60 undercuts rivals like the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe by more than $2,000 and comes with a longer list of standard equipment to boot. It’s also less expensive than the Lexus RC and Audi A5. Although the entry-level model represents a high value, we recommend stepping up to the twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which makes 300 horsepower and nearly equals the 4-cylinder’s fuel economy. Prices for the V6 model start around $45,000. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the new Q60. Things get a bit dicey on the resale front, as the 2018 Infiniti Q60 is expected to retain some of the lowest 5-year residual values in the category.

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