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Infiniti's new Q60 reboots the coupe

When the G37 stepped aside for the Q60 coupe, it wasn't much more than swapping out one set of digits for another, a reboot of the most minimal sort. Now it's time for a proper refresh. Infiniti gave us a tease at last year's Detroit Auto Show, and this year it's giving us the real thing. It's the new Infiniti Q60 Coupe, the one that will be hitting dealerships this year, and it looks fantastic.

But the bigger story is under the hood. The new Q60 finally does away with the venerable VQ motors and gets Infiniti's new VR30 series. There will be a pair of twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 models on offer, one offering 300 horsepower and another dialed up to a very healthy 400. Purely talking hardware, however, the two engines are identical. It's simply different software supplying the extra increment on the latter. If I were a betting man, I'd guess that aftermarket tuners will find that key in a matter of weeks.

There's also a 208-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder on offer, but no hybrid as of yet. Any engine choice can be paired with either rear- or all-wheel-drive. None will offer a manual transmission, however: a seven-speed auto will rule the range. With any luck, it'll shift a little more quickly than the outgoing model.

The car features a new pedestrian-detection system, which will automatically brake, and will include all the same blindspot and lane departure warnings as before, now augmented with haptic feedback through the wheel rather than annoying beeps. The Q60 borrows the adaptive steering system from the Q50, supposedly with improved tuning, and Electronic Response Suspension is said to boost handling.

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And then, yes, there's the new look. It's undoubtedly related to the new Q50, but cleaner and tighter overall, the notch in the rear glass a throwback to the departed G37 coupe. No pricing is available yet, but expect more detail soon ahead of the car's release later this year.

 

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