The Infiniti Q60 is pretty much a coupe version of an old G35. That’s not a bad thing, but it’s due for an update and we think the replacement will be very sexy. What do you need to know before you buy a Q60? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you everything right here in our Buyer’s Guide.
The current Infiniti Q60 is a lot like the 2008 G37 Coupe, which is a lot like the 2003 G35 Coupe. So you could say the Q60 is getting a bit on the older side. The good thing is that there’s a new one coming and boy does the concept look sexy. Word on the street is that it will get a 400 horsepower twin-turbo V6. We took a close look at the concept car and it seems to promise a little less of a “douchey” vibe than the current Q60.
Yes, that old G35 and its successors always struck us as a bit of a douchemobile. Patrick George said it best in his Q60 Concept article:
A lot of people loved the Infiniti G35/G37/Q60 coupe, but it always struck me as kind of a poser car for $30,000 millionaires whose idea of fun was slamming back Jägerbombs and grinding on women they referred to as “slampieces” in some horrid West Sixth Street bar. (Google it.) But the concept that likely previews the next one is a win in my book.
But despite its questionable persona, the G35 always offered a competent chassis, enough power to put a grin on your face and tons of value. Those good traits remain in tact in the Q60, and hopefully they’ll continue to remain in tact when the successor comes around the corner.
Remember that Infiniti G35 that your college roommate used to do donuts with in the school parking lot? In 2009, that car lost its 3.5-cylinder V6 and gained a 330 horsepower 3.7-liter, so naturally it got a new name: G37. The G37 kept the 6-speed manual from its predecessor, but it received a new 7-speed automatic instead of the dated 5-cog.
Over the years, the G37 got revised styling, available all-wheel drive, a convertible version and lots of shuffling of standard options. But in 2014, it got a new name: Q50 for the sedan and Q60 for the coupe. In addition to the new name, the new Q50 sedan got new styling, hybrid trims and tons of new safety tech, but the Q60 has remained unchanged from its G37 Coupe predecessor. It could use a refresh, and there’s one slated for 2017. We don’t have much detail on that one yet, but Infiniti did show a gorgeous Q60 concept car earlier this year.
The Q60 comes in five trims: Coupe Journey, Coupe AWD, S Coupe 6MT, S Limited and S Limited 6MT. The Q60 can also be had as a standard convertible or an Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) specially-tuned, more powerful convertible.
But if it were us, we’d try to nab a good deal on the $46,050 S Coupe 6MT. That coin gets us a sport-tuned suspension and steering, bigger brakes, a limited slip differential, moonroof, 9-inch display with navigation, dual-zone climate control 19-inch alloy wheels, leather seats and of course, a manual transmission. It’s actually a really good value.
The other option would be to wait for the successor to come along any time now. If it looks anything like the concept car, we’ll regret having not waited.
Important Facts At A Glance:
MSRP: $40,950 - $62,100 Top Speed: 150 MPH (estimated)
Acceleration: ~5.8s to 60 (estimated)
MPG: 19 city/ 27 hwy / 22 combined [Coupe, auto, 2wd]
Engines: 3.7-liter V6
Max Horsepower/Torque: 343 hp/273 lb-ft (IPL Convertible)
Curb Weight: 3,633-4,189 pounds IIHS Rating: NA
Transmissions: 7-speed automatic, 6-speed manual
Drivetrain Layout: Front-mid engine, RWD/AWD
Photo credit: Infiniti