2015 Infiniti Q60: Stunning Performance from a Familiar Model
Those who either attended or read coverage of the Detroit Auto Show might be confused by what the Q60 is. Infiniti revealed a concept that has not yet been approved for production and since Infiniti went to new vehicle names the Q60 may be confusing, but it’s really the G37 just with a new name. This car still comes in a coupe and convertible to be a great luxury car for you to buy and shows up with a great engine and a six-speed manual transmission for the control freaks to enjoy.
Purchasing your new Q60 will bring a price that starts out at nearly $42,000 for the Journey coupe model. For those of you who want the Limited, the price is still reasonable in the luxury class at $50,500 and is equipped with an automatic transmission. The convertible model brings a starting price of $49,500 for those of you who want to enjoy the wind blowing in your hair, and the top of the line IPL convertible shows up with a price of $63,000 for the ones who feel they want, deserve and certainly need the best this car has to offer.
The Infiniti Q60 competes in a class with the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and performs exceptionally well against these two except when put up against them for fuel economy. For 2015 you can purchase the Q60 in a new color which is called Hagane Blue and the Majestic White color is also available this year where it was only offered on the convertible last year. The IPL coupe has been dropped from the lineup but the rest of the lineup stays the course for the Q60 that used to be the G37.
For those of us usually relegated to shop the standard/base models, the Q60 shows up with some great standard features. These standard features include xenon high and low beam headlights, keyless entry, push button starting, heated front seats, dual zone climate control, an eight way power driver’s seat, leather upholstery, a backup camera, a six-speaker audio system with USB inputs, six airbags, active head restraints and the slide-away brake pedal assembly. With these features aboard no one is going to feel as if they were gypped out of any features or benefits on this car that come better equipped than either of the competitors mentioned.
For the rest, who are looking to shop on in the area of better features and optional equipment, the Q60 has four option packages to choose from: Premium, Sport, Navigation and Technology. The Premium package adds an upgraded audio system and backup sensors while the Sport package features a more aggressive suspension and features that improve the performance of the Q60. The Navigation package puts a navigation system in the car (duh) and the Technology package adds in the intelligent cruise control, braking assistance and advanced climate control. For those looking to the Limited model all the packages are bundled into the vehicle to allow you to enjoy ever feature available on your Q60 Coupe.
When we look inside the engine compartment of the Q60 we find there is only one engine offered, but it can be set up two different ways for the different models. This engine is a 3.7-liter V6 engine that is the latest version of Nissan’s V135-series all-aluminum DOHC engine line. This engine in the Coupe models will bring in 330 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. With this setup the engine is mated to either a seven-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. These powertrains offer fuel numbers that show up at 19 city/27 hwy mpg for the automatic, 18 city/25 hwy mpg for the all-wheel drive and 17 city/25 hwy mpg in the manual models.
The convertible models of the Q60 will give you a bit of a difference in power and fuel economy. The power for the convertible shows up at 325 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque while the fuel numbers are 18 city/26 hwy mpg for the automatic and 16 city/24 hwy mpg for the manual.
The IPL Convertible has a bit of bump in power as a result of using the returned engine-management software and a free flowing exhaust. This power shows up at 343 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. The IPL Convertible only comes with the automatic transmission and has a fuel mileage of 18 city/26 hwy mpg for those of you who are power junkies and must have the IPL. All models of the Q60 operate on only premium gasoline, which is another consideration to think about when buying the Q60.
Now that we have discussed the power and performance of the Q60, the driving of this excellent luxury car from Infiniti offers you a great driving experience. You will be able to cruise along the various roads that reach a great deal of scenic areas around the country in style comfort and with a very smooth ride. For more aggressive drivers, the Q60 will be able to take your punishment and allow you to still feel in full control as it has one of the most well-tuned suspensions and steering systems in order to keep you where you need to be, on the road.
Your Q60 will certainly impress family and friends as well. This car has an attractive profile and once inside you will be able to show off all the great equipment and gadgetry. The Q60 is sleek and smooth in appearance and is even sharper looking when the top is down on the convertibles. All materials found on the interior are high-quality and leave no doubt to whomever you are showing the car off to that this is a true luxury car full of great features. Even though this is a luxury car, Infiniti did not overdo it, they added a few chrome touches to the outside and a great set of 19-inch wheels, but overall this is a very attractive but not over the top car for you to fully appreciate on a daily basis.