Infiniti has a habit of keeping the faith with its concept cars when the time comes to put them into production, and its new performance coupe launched today the Detroit Motor Show – and on sale in the UK later this year – stays true to that.
Which is good news if you saw the concept at its only UK outing, the Festival of Speed last year, like the distinctive look and hanker after a 400bhp coupe alternative to cars like the Audi A5.
The Infiniti Q60 is a bold looking newcomer, with its muscular profile and unusual C-pillar shape that is rapidly becoming an Infiniti trademark. But then here’s a car that needs to stand out because in re-establishing Infiniti’s sporting coupe credentials it has a big job to do.
The 2+2 rear-drive coupe is a third-gen follow-up to the G-series coupes much loved in the US and which arrived in the UK in 2008 when Infinitis first went on sale in Europe. The new car is lower and wider than the G37.
As GRR has already revealed, the Q60 is powered by a new family of twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 engines with up to 400bhp. There should also be a 300bhp version. A 208bhp four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine will also go into the car in some markets, as will an optional all-wheel drive system.
One surprise revealed at Detroit is that the car will come with Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering, a steer-by-wire system that has come in for criticism in the past. The Q60 will get a second-generation system with more feel and feedback, says the firm. The Q60 also gets (as an option) what Infiniti is calling Dynamic Digital Suspension, a form of adaptive dampers, for what Infiniti says is the best balance between ride comfort and handling.
‘Premium customers around the globe love a sports coupe that offers power, performance and prestige – and the Q60 delivers on all three fronts,’ said Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President Product Strategy.
In Detroit the car was unveiled by no less a person than Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Corporation and the Renault-Nissan Alliance. He told the assembled throng: ‘The Q60 reinforces Infiniti’s reputation for performance, elegance, and driver-focused design.’
Images courtesy of Infiniti