2014 Q60 New Car Test Drive
The 2014 Infiniti Q60 lineup comprises what were previously known as G37 coupes and G37 convertibles. These cars deliver an enjoyable, enthusiast-oriented driving experience thanks to their rear-wheel-drive layout and sport tuning.
Powered by Nissan's 3.7-liter V6, Infiniti Q60 coupes and convertibles are built on a sports car platform oriented around rear-wheel drive and equipped with suspensions tuned for handling. Their share some of their basic structure and engineering with the Nissan Z and share its sporty performance and handling characteristics, though they have longer wheelbases.
A special Infiniti Performance Line is available in the form of the Q60 IPL Coupe and Q60 IPL Convertible featuring modifications throughout the vehicle: engine tuning, suspension, wheels and tires, technology, exterior enhancements and special colors, interior features and trim.
For 2014, the Q60 Coupe is available in five models: Q60 Coupe Journey, Q60 Coupe AWD, Q60S Coupe 6MT, Q60 IPL Coupe, and Q60 IPL Coupe 6MT. The 2014 Q60 Convertible is available in three models, Q60 Convertible, Q60S Convertible 6MT, and Q60 IPL Convertible.
The 3.7-liter V6 engine is powerful and it's calibrated for the response and excitement enthusiast drivers prefer. Rear-wheel drive delivers handling characteristics front-wheel drive rarely matches. All-wheel drive is available for greatly improved traction in snow and rain, helping tame the power the Q60 coupe can otherwise deliver to the rear wheels.
The 7-speed automatic transmission the comes on most Q60 models is tuned for sporting response, with steering wheel paddles for manual shifting and downshift rev matching. The available 6-speed manual transmission is a rare feature in this class and suggests the sporting character of these cars.
Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 19/27 mpg City Highway, or 22 mpg Combined, for the Q60 Coupe Journey with 7-speed automatic. The 6-speed manual or all-wheel drive reduce those EPA ratings by one to two miles per gallon. All Q60 models call for Premium gasoline.
The Q60 Convertible's V6 produces 325 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 267 pound-feet of torque at 5200 rpm. The Q60 Coupe has slightly more power, rated at 330 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 270 pound-feet of torque at 5200 rpm. The Q60 IPL Convertible is rated at 343 hp at 7400 rpm, 273 pound-feet of torque at 5200 rpm. The Q60 IPL Coupe is rated at 348 hp at 7400 rpm, 276 pound-feet of torque at 5200 rpm.
Infiniti Q60 models have features expected in this category, including leather upholstery, superb audio, and HID headlamps. The Infiniti hard drive navigation system features enhanced graphics, touchscreen, Lane Guidance, 3D building graphics, Zagat Survey restaurant reviews, voice recognition and other features. Instrumentation is first rate, and climate, audio and navigation systems are easy to understand and control.
These are sporty cars intended for two people with room for four in a pinch. Rear-seat room is restricted and adults will not be happy in the back seats for more than a very short drive to the neighborhood restaurant.
The IPL Coupe's unique exterior includes a front and rear bumper/fascia design with integrated fog lights and black finishers, sculpted side sills, rear spoiler and chrome exhaust tips and exclusive 19-inch IPL split 7-spoke graphite-finish wheels and low-profile W-rated Bridgestone Potenza RE50A summer performance tires.
The Infiniti Q60 Convertible looks a lot like the coupe until a button on the console is pressed. Then it becomes a wide-open cabriolet in about 30 seconds, its three-piece hardtop folding into the rear. The convertible features a 13-speaker Bose Open Air sound system that automatically adjusts audio levels according to vehicle speed and ambient noise. Its climate control system adjusts fan speed based on vehicle speed when the top is open.
There are no significant changes for the 2014 model year. The current-generation coupe was last redesigned for 2008, the convertible for 2009. The interior was upgraded for 2010.
Infiniti Q60 models compete with the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, and Audi A4. The Infiniti models generally deliver more value than the German models.
The 2014 Infiniti Q60 is available as a two-door coupe or two-door convertible. All are powered by a 3.7-liter V6, with either a 7-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available for the Q60 coupe.
Infiniti Q60 models come standard with dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, power front seats, aluminum trim, climate control, power windows/locks/mirrors, intelligent key, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlamps, fog lamps and XM radio, rearview monitor, auto on/off headlamps, heated front seats and mirrors, eight-way power passenger seat, USB/iPod, HomeLink and Bluetooth.
Safety features on all models include two-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags for front passengers and front and rear side-curtain airbags on coupe, and door-mounted front-side curtain airbags on convertible. The electronic stability system is dubbed Vehicle Dynamic Control. The convertible has pop-up roll hoops behind the rear seat for rollover protection. All-wheel drive can enhance safety in adverse conditions with more stable handling. A rearview camera can help the driver spot a child or pedestrian behind the car when backing up.