This week we take a look at the 2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400, the top-of-the-line coupe from the luxury division of Nissan.
As the name suggests, the Red Sport 400 has 400-horses packed into a 3-liter V6 with twin turbochargers. It is mated with a 7-speed automatic transmission that you can shift from paddles on the steering wheel.
The Q60 is long and wide and sits low to the ground like most luxury sport coupes. It has distinctive lines, front and rear spoilers, 19” wheels, and LED headlights and daytime running lights. I find the Q60 to be a very attractive car.
As you would expect, the interior of this car is very luxurious with a nice blend of leather and carbon fiber. There is stitching throughout the dash and door panels, and the steering wheel. The front seats are comfortable and have bolsters to keep you in your seat when you go into a hard cornering maneuver.
The large tachometer and speedometer are easy to read and colorful, and there is a programmable driver info screen between them. The center console is nice-sized and carbon fiber surrounds the gearshift and flows into the center stack, and it looks terrific.
Infiniti uses a dual screen setup. The upper screen operates the nav system and 360-degree camera and operates from a round knob just below the gearshift. Also there is the drive mode selector that allows you to choose from Personal, Sport Plus, Sport, Standard, Eco, and snow.
The lower screen is touchscreen and operates the Bose stereo, Bluetooth, the cars settings, and a host of apps with real-time traffic info.
Below the bottom screen, you’ll only find one knob for the stereo volume, and to the sides of the screens are your climate controls. Everything is simple to operate and understand, and I like being able to display the navigation map and traffic without having to delete it to change radio stations.
As with most coupes, the back seat room is tight unless the front seats are pretty far forward. The backseat is easy to get to however, due to a button that electrically slides the front seats toward the front of the car. Back seat headroom is limited due to the swooping roofline of the Q60. The back seat is built for only two people. Trunk space is good and the rear seats do fold down.
One option that costs $1000 is the Direct Adaptive Steering, which is a drive by wire system. In other words, the steering wheel is not connected to the car like usual. This system cuts weight and makes the steering responsive, but it is frankly, a little weird to drive. You don’t feel anything like you usually do when you turn the wheel and you get very little feedback. This is probably $1000 I would save and go with the regular steering system.
Make no mistake, this is a true sports car with superb handling and amazing acceleration. It will take you from 0-to-60 in just 4.5 seconds and this is a true driver’s car. If it is missing anything, I wish it had a better sounding exhaust system.
Fuel economy is good for a 400-horse car, coming in at 20 in town and 27 on highway. If you opt for all-wheel drive instead of just rear-wheel drive, the mileage drops slightly.
MSRP is $59,550 and that is in line with other luxury coupes out there, and better than some. Overall, this is a very enjoyable car that I recommend. By the way, you can get the same car in a sedan called the Q50.