The Infiniti Q60 Coupe is a great-looking sports coupe with a strong personality. This is a classy luxury car that makes a statement. It is equally at home blasting down a mountain road as it is waiting for you to finish dinner at the front of the valet area. The Q60 is the cornerstone of Infiniti’s line, and the Q60 coupe has the performance to match its looks.
Model: Q60 Coupe AWD
Model Year 2014
Engine: 3.7-Liter V6
330-horsepower/270 lb-ft of torque
7-Speed Automatic Transmission with Paddle Shifters
- Aggressive styling
- Throaty growl
- Dated Interior Styling
- Fuel Economy
The 2014 Infiniti Q60 Coupe AWD is a vehicle built for spirited driving in all weather conditions. The large, attractive gun-metal gray alloys wear aggressive 19 inch rubber that grabs the road by the throat. This is not a tossable sports car like the Scion FR-S, nor is it a muscle car like the Camaro SS. Rather, this is a gentleman’s road-machine that can be driven very hard and never lose grip. The ride is firm, so if you prefer a cushy cruiser, you may want to look at other options.
The Infiniti 3.7-Liter engine used to be part of this car’s name back when it was called the G37 (a name we came to know and love). The Q60 is built around the engine, the way cars used to be. It is the heart of this car. The noises the engine makes are wonderful. It starts with a near roar and settles to a throaty burble. It sounds tough. Under hard acceleration the noises get better, as does the car.
The drivetrain delivers good power, but not great fuel economy. In 250 miles of mixed driving, we recorded 22.1 MPG on premium fuel. Given a choice we would skip the AWD system to save fuel, cost and weight. Rear-wheel drive cars are becoming rare. This one does not need AWD.
The Q60 is one of those rare automobiles that looks great from every angle. The front has no carp-mouth, no smile, nor does it look like a robot face. The designers did not quit at the rear quarter panel and so the rear of the car is excellent. The b-pillar is located far behind the driver and gives that old-coupe appearance so many designers ruin with a pillar too far forward.
Front seats look inviting, but the seat-bottom bolsters are hard, and they push on your upper thighs. I once shopped for a G37 and bought a Lexus IS instead almost entirely because of this issue. If you test drive the car and it is not comfortable, be aware you do not get used to it. However, if you do fit, the seats hold you like a sports car should.
Rear seats are for your luggage, your weekend getaway date’s hand-bag, and for occasionally transporting children. Preferably other people’s children. Exactly the way a good coupe’s rear seats should be. Kudos to Infiniti for not wasting space on them.
If you have a fetish for wood that looks like it came from your grandmother’s dresser, look no further. We are not impressed with the glossy wood accents and analog clock in the Q60, or in any car for that matter. The infotainment system is good, but many other brands do better.
The Infiniti Q60’s entire instrument and steering wheel housing move when you adjust it. This has the benefit of allowing the driver to see the instruments better than if just the wheel moved. The paddle shifters are some of the largest in the industry, and they call up rev-matching downshifts, or fast upshifts from the 7-speed transmission when you decide to shift for yourself.
The Q60 AWD is just the right size. Larger drivers will not feel claustrophobic, yet the car does not waste space like so many GM, Dodge, and Ford coupes do. Inside it feels relatively large, yet outside it is not big just for the sake of it.
We enjoyed our time in the Infiniti Q60. The author owns a Lexus coupe and the differences in the looks, attitude and personalities of the brands are on display between these cars.
At $52,055 before dealer doc fees, the Infiniti Q60 is a car with a price problem. There exist a lot of excellent options in this price range, like the new Lexus RC 350 F-Sport, the Audi A5 and S5 coupes, and some Mercedes cars. Then there are those coupes that nip at the heels of these premium priced cars at a lower price point, like the bigger, faster Camaros, Mustangs, and Challengers. There are also a few lower-priced coupes like the Honda Accord V6 Coupe that have great looks and modern refinement while coming close to the real-world performance of the Q60. Our final word is that at this moment in time the Infiniti Q60 AWD has a lot to offer, but it needs a full refresh soon if it wants to stay relevant.