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2022 Infiniti Q60

The 2022 Infiniti Q60 is a sporty coupe with a luxurious cabin and a lusty V-6 engine underhood.

The Q60 adds wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility for 2022 but otherwise remains unchanged as the more style-oriented companion to the automaker’s Q50 sedan. It’s offered in Pure and Luxe trim levels powered by a 300-hp twin-turbo V-6, or as the Red Sport 400, which is boosted to 400 hp. On all, a 7-speed automatic transmission delivers power either rearward or to all four corners.

All that power takes its toll on fuel economy. The base rear-drive Q60 coupe rates 19 mpg city, 28 highway, 22 combined, according to the EPA, while the Red Sport with all-wheel drive comes in at just 19/26/21 mpg.

Every model comes with automatic emergency braking, while adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors come with Luxe and Red Sport 400 versions. The Q60 is a relatively low-volume model that has not been crash tested by either the IIHS or the NHTSA, however.

Model Lineup

The Q60 Pure starts at $42,775, which buys synthetic leather seats that are power-adjustable up front, LED headlights, and a twin-screen infotainment system that has wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto compatibility.

For about $51,000, the Q60 Luxe swaps in real leather upholstery, heated seats and steering wheel, Bose speakers, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and a few other items. An available option package adds navigation, a power-adjustable steering column, power-folding rearview mirrors, and a few other niceties.

The Q60 Red Sport 400 comes in just under $60,000 with its own additional styling touches inside and out. It also includes big 20-inch alloy wheels wearing summer tires and adaptive dampers. An option package for the Q60 Red Sport 400 includes drive-by-wire steering, adaptive headlights, and a few other features.

All-wheel drive costs $2,000 regardless of trim level, and Infiniti offers a host of extra-cost paint colors.

Exterior

The Q60 is a close relative to the Q50, with similar curves, lines, and trim, but its profile is decidedly sleekier.

Its long front hood gives way to a short roofline that dives back toward the rear bumper for an almost hatchback-like side profile. At around 184 inches long, the Q60 is a relatively big coupe, but careful use of bulges and creases prevents it from looking as large as it is.

Red Sport 400 versions have a few special touches outside including darker trim, special wheels, and brakes with red calipers.

Interior

Inside, the Q60 is a dead ringer for the Q50 – at least up front. Its dash features a twin-screen setup with a handful of conventional buttons and knobs. Trim and colors depend on the model, but this lineup can be either simple in light tan or flashy with quilted trim and red accents.

The front seats are comfortable enough, though many shoppers will want to pay up for the leather and heated seats included on the Luxe and Red Sport 400. Rear-seat passengers will find decent space once they climb back there – but you’re probably not shopping for a coupe for its second row, are you?

With just 8.7 cubic feet of cargo space, the trunk is definitely on the small side, however.

Driving Impressions

All that power results in thrilling acceleration. The 300-hp version of this 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 delivers good grunt, while the extra 100 hp afforded by the properly-named Red Sport 400 turns these into downright fast coupes.

The 7-speed automatic transmission features paddle shifters for more engagement. It’s a quick-shifting transmission even when left to do things on its own, however.

Ride quality is comfortable thanks to the long wheelbase and adaptive dampers that soften impacts from big 20-inch alloy wheels fitted to the Red Sport 400. That model can be ordered with a drive-by-wire steering system that can deliver an unnatural feel, however, so try before you buy.

On all models, braking power is good, though pedal feel can be soft and somewhat inconsistent.

Final Word

The 2022 Infiniti Q60 is a right-priced coupe that puts style and acceleration on equal pedestals. It’s a great choice for drivers who don’t need a back seat or a big trunk.

 

—by Andrew Ganz, with driving impressions from The Car Connection

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