Infiniti Q60S Red Sport —The head turning supercoupe

By Jim Prueter

(October 31, 2016) With just five percent of the automotive market share, two-door coupe models are considered objects of desire rather than a vehicle that fills a mainstream transportation need. People buy them because they want one not because they are necessarily a practical choice. And visually, the new Infiniti Q60 is not only an object of desire it’s also absolutely gorgeous inside and out.

What was once called the G35 and later the G37 Infiniti coupe is now known as the 2017 Infiniti Q60. The Q60 is offered in eight different trim and grade levels including a choice of three turbocharged engines beginning with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that produces 208 horsepower. The next engine is a 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 engine with 300 horsepower.

The Red Sport trim level tested here is powered by a 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 engine that delivers 400 horsepower and 7-speed automatic transmission that’s standard on all trim levels. All-wheel drive is optional

The “Red Sport” is a new performance level for Infiniti. Think of it as you would the “M” line of performance vehicles from BMW or the “AMG” designated vehicles from Mercedes-Benz. Like these performance vehicles the Red Sport gets you more horsepower, larger brakes with red painted calipers, sport-tuned Digital Dynamic Suspension, 19-inch sport wheels, and aluminum accented pedals and paddle shifters.

What you don’t get are exterior body changes like flared wheel wells and carbon fiber applications like the M and AMG models from Germany.

Meanwhile, the Red Sport looks terrific in a curvaceous body with an expression of visual velocity, low, wide and rakish.  With its sheet metal appearing stretched and taunt, this his is one of the most gorgeous production vehicles in the world. Gloriously artistic.

Inside, the Red Sport is adorned door-to-door and front to back with fine-grain leather. Depending on the model, the Q60 is available in white leather with a glass fiber accent. Darker interior colors are matched with black wood, aluminum or a violet carbon-fiber accent. Red Sport models are available in red leather with a glass fiber accent.

The Q60 is a four-seat car with two bucket seats in back. The rear legroom is better than expected, but the low roof compromises headroom for taller passengers. Rear seat space is for occasional use only.

On the road our Red Sport was good for a 0-60-mph dash of 4.5 seconds in our all-wheel drive test vehicle. Handling is excellent, sharp, and responsive with minimum body roll on cornering. The Red Sport does have a firmer ride than other trim offerings.

The new Q60 Red Sport is an unbeatable combination of two fewer doors, high performance, gorgeous, aggressive styling and a luxurious interior.

Vital Stats

Price: $38,950 - $53,300
Price as Tested: $54,205
Seating: 4
Engine: 3.0-liter Twin-Turbocharged V6
Horsepower: 400
Fuel Economy:  19-MPG City – 26-MPG Highway

Fab Features

A muscled up grand tourer
It’s fast
Eye candy

Competes With

Audi S5
BMW 440i
Lexus RC
Mercedes-Benz C Class