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in Upscale Midsize Cars

MSRP: $40,950 - $62,100
Invoice: $38,084 - $57,753
MPG: 19 City / 27 Hwy
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Infiniti Q60 Performance

Automotive journalists say that a powerful V6 engine and athletic handling make the 2014 Infiniti Q60 a strong performer. However, some reviewers think that its engine and transmission could be more refined.

  • "Like the exterior, the Q60 Convertible's rear-wheel-drive platform isn't exactly new, but it's still highly effective at striking the balance between precise dynamics and refined ride quality that luxury coupe buyers prize." -- Left Lane News
  • "Fitted with such performance-focused hardware as an optional 6-speed manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive, and a 330-horsepower V6, the Infiniti Q60 has an edge over the more buttoned-down Audi A5 and Lexus IS coupe in terms of visceral driver involvement." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Braking from 60-0 mph takes 113 feet, not bad for a 4246-pound convertible. Despite that weight, the car -- which has a 52/48-percent front-to-rear weight distribution -- won't embarrass on a winding road." -- Motor Trend

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 Infiniti Q60 comes with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 330 and 325 horsepower in coupe and convertible models, respectively. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard, and a six-speed manual is available. The 2014 Infiniti Q60 coupe gets up to an EPA-estimated 19/27 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for a six-cylinder coupe in the class. Competitors like the BMW 435i and Mercedes-Benz C350 coupe use slightly less fuel. The Q60 IPL has a more powerful 3.7-liter V6, which produces 348 and 343 horsepower in coupe and convertible models, respectively.

Test drivers agree that the Q60’s V6 engine is powerful, though some say it produces too much noise and vibration at higher RPMs. Most reviewers think that both the six-speed manual and the seven-speed automatic transmissions perform well, but some write that the automatic transmission can be slow to shift under hard acceleration.

  • "The responsive 3.7-liter V6 pulls strongly, whether mated to the 7-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Performance isn't lacking, either, with the only engine choice being a strapping 3.7-liter that makes 330 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The mill does show its age in the somewhat uncouth noise and vibration it produces at higher revs." -- Left Lane News
  • "The seven-speed automatic behaves well around town, but can be slow to respond when you're really hustling." -- Motor Trend

Handling and Braking

The 2014 Infiniti Q60 coupe and convertible come standard with rear-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is optional on the Q60 coupe. Test drivers report that the Q60 offers fun driving dynamics and agile handling, which are bolstered by its strong brakes and precise steering.

  • "But drive enthusiastically and the sportiest Infiniti satisfies like few competitors can, with accurate steering, crisp brakes and a planted feel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "What hasn't changed since the G37 in that comparison morphed into the Q60 convertible is the finely tuned steering." -- Motor Trend
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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