At the heart of every sports coupe is its engine. INFINITI offers the Q60 with a trio of different turbocharged engine choices. 2.0t models feature a 208 horsepower 2.0L inline 4-cylinder engine. 3.0t models predictably utilize a 3.0L engine, this time with 6-cylinders and a turbocharger, making 300 horsepower. Top of the line Red Sport 400 models also use a 3.0L turbocharged 6-cylinder engine, however power has been upped to an even 400, providing extremely strong acceleration at any speed. No matter the engine choice, buyers will get a 7-speed automatic transmission sending power to either the rear wheels or to all-four wheels, as each trim level also has an all-wheel drive version.
The INFINITI Q60 comes in four basic trims, 2.0t, 2.0t Premium, 3.0t Premium and Red Sport 400. Being a luxury coupe, even the base 2.0t comes generously equipped. Standard equipment on the base model include LED fog lights, headlights and brake lights, remote keyless entry, push button start, dual zone automatic climate control, a sequential welcome lighting system, leatherette seating surfaces, 8-way power adjustable front seats, a leather wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio and not one, but two LCD touch screens, the upper one being 8-inches and the bottom one being nearly as large at 7-inches. Voice recognition, a rearview monitoring system and an alarm are also included.
The 2.0T Premium adds a power sliding tinted glass moonroof, a Bose 13-speaker sound system, featuring multiple subwoofers, multimedia playback on the LCD touch screen and an auto-dimming mirror with a built in garage door opener. 3.0T Premium models are equipped similarly but feature the bigger, V6 engine.
The INFINITI Q60 Red Sport 400 takes things to the next level. With 400 horsepower, the 400 Red Sport is a truly fast car and plenty of exterior styling enhancements show off to the world just how serious the Red Sport is. It gets unique 19-inch wheels, upsized, red painted brake calipers, red "S" badges and bigger exhaust tips. Inside, the Red Sport gets steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, leather seats, carbon fiber trim, aluminum accents and a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel. The Red Sport also comes with computer controlled dynamic digital suspension, which should make the car handle on rails.
Safety features on the Q60 include a bevy of airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control and a brake assist system. Optional safety features include a backup collision intervention system, a blind spot warning system, predictive forward collision warning and a lane departure warning system.
One bad apple doesn't always ruin the whole bunch, and the 2019 Infiniti Q60 proves that, especially in its powerful Red Sport 400 spec. There's a whole lot to like about this sleek little coupe, but while parts of it will have you signing up for social media just to shout its value into the ether, other parts will leave you wondering where your money went.
The Infiniti Q60's body doesn't look like it debuted two years ago. In fact, I think it's my favorite Infiniti design of the last decade, replacing the lumpy awkwardness of the previous-generation G37 Coupe with something svelte and special. The front end keeps it tight, with a right-sized grille and thin lights that lead into curves, curves and more curves. The rear end terminates with a slope that's evocative of the O.G. Infiniti G35 Coupe. The Q60 looks expensive, like a luxury car should.
There are some touches that help the RS400 stand apart from the regular Q60, but they're subtle, allowing me to fly under the radar most of the time. Special badges adorn the fenders, red brake calipers make their presence known behind 20-inch alloy wheels and the exhaust tips are larger than usual, but that's it. The gaudiest part of my loaner is the $2,280 carbon fiber package, which adds the lightweight woven material to the trunk, mirror covers, fog lamps and fender vents. But even then, it's pretty low-key, leading me to wonder if the visual flash is worth the scratch (probably not).
The Good The 2019 Infiniti Q60 has a good shape, and the Red Sport model’s 400-horsepower V6 is the real deal.
The Bad The infotainment tech conspires to make the car feel out of date, and the steering is meh.
The Bottom Line With some slight adjustments, the Q60 could be a contender, especially in Red Sport 400 guise.
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