Now, what was that stylish-looking coupé that just went past (fortunately at the speed limit – it looks as though it could have gone a lot faster)? A second glance reveals it to be the Infiniti Q60, one of the sizzling new models to hit Australia’s shores from Nissan’s luxury child marque, Infiniti.
The Infiniti Q60 certainly has good looks in spades: a sleek silhouette combined with a slightly aggressive front end, chrome on the front grille, dual chrome-tipped exhausts, body coloured everything (bumpers, door handles and mirrors), integrated fog lights, 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels… and that’s just the outside. The Infiniti Q60 has been made out of lightweight materials (for extra efficiency) and the wheels seem almost astonishingly big, although they’re not grossly out of proportion. The interior, however, is more capacious than the outside of the car would suggest, especially in the driver and front passenger seat. The average driver will fit very nicely in one of those bucket seats (especially given all the electric adjustments possible: 8-way for the passenger and 10-was for the driver) without feeling cramped.
Given the proportions of the front end compared to those big paws, you can hardly believe what’s under there: a 3.7-litre powerplant that’s got all the oomph that anybody could ever need. The power maxes out at 235 kW at the rather high level of 7000 rpm, while the torque hits the top of its curve at 360 Nm when the needle hits 5200 rpm. It’s easy to see when the revs get to the sweet spots, too, given the easy-read dash layout in the Infiniti Q60. The V6 engine runs on 95-octane petrol and uses Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL) technology for more efficient performance. When you have a car with a top speed of 250 km/h (which is probably limited) and which can do the 0–100 sprint in 5.9 seconds, the fuel economy figures of 10.5 L/100 combined aren’t too bad at all, especially as the Infiniti Q60 is an automatic rather than a manual (although the seven-speed transmission does have a manual mode that you can control via the magnesium-finished column mounted paddle shifters).
As expected, it’s the little details that make the Infiniti Q60 a real luxury vehicle rather than something that focuses on raw power and performance. And the Infiniti Q60 certainly has plenty of little details: keyless entry and engine starting, 10GB of music storage (plus the USB input jack that we’ve come to expect on all modern cars in the age of the iPod), steering wheel mounted audio and phone controls, Bluetooth handsfree phone system and audio streaming, a good navigation system and a very easy-read 7-inch touchscreen colour display panel. Specifically for the driver (and not for everyone in the car like the Bose sound system and the automatic dual-zone climate control), the Infiniti Q60 has some other treats in store in the form of driving aids such as the selectable Drive Sport Mode and the Downshift Rev Matching. Naturally, the Infiniti Q60 also has the driver aids and active safety features (the two categories tend to overlap) that you’d expect to see on a well-designed modern vehicle, such as traction control, a rear view camera, speed-sensitive steering, cruise control and brakes with the works (EBD, Brake Assist and ABS).
If you upgrade from the “normal” Infiniti Q60 to the Infiniti Q60 S Premium, you get a few extras added in that are enough to get a lot of people drooling: even better seats with thigh extensions, a 14-way adjustable power seat for the driver, sport tuned suspension (and the independent double wishbone suspension (front) and independent multilink system (rear) in the Infiniti Q60 already makes for a pretty great ride with lots of road feel), even bigger wheels (19-inchers), four-wheel active steering and a rear sports spoiler with an integrated LED brake indicator.
The best way to find out all of the little extras in the Infiniti Q60 would be to give it a test drive, as describing them all would take forever.
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For any more information on the Infiniti Q60, or for that matter any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181. If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quotes requests out to our national network of Infiniti dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours. Private Fleet – car buying made easy!