Infiniti Q60 Performance
Though they say its dated powertrain could be less noisy under hard acceleration, and its ride can be harsh with the available sport suspension, reviewers are still impressed with the 2015 Infiniti Q60's strong acceleration and athletic handling.
- "In cruising mode, the 2015 Q60 is quiet and comfortable, pampering its occupants with refinement and high-tech goodies. But as soon as you drive enthusiastically, it's easy to believe how this car and the Nissan 370Z are related under the skin." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "As far as performance goes, the Q60 coupe still meets our expectations of a luxury sport coupe." -- Edmunds
- "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
Acceleration and Power
The 2015 Infiniti Q60 comes with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 330 horsepower in the coupe and 325 horsepower in the convertible. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard, and a six-speed manual is available. According to the EPA, the 2015 Infiniti Q60 coupe gets up to 19/27 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for a six-cylinder luxury coupe. The performance-oriented Q60 IPL convertible has a more powerful 3.7-liter V6 that produces 343 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.
Auto writers agree that the standard 3.7-liter V6 offers strong acceleration and excellent highway passing power, though some say it produces too much vibration and noise at higher RPMs. A few critics note that the automatic transmission shifts slowly during hard acceleration.
- "When you give the 330-hp V6 engine the crop, 60 mph arrives in well under 6 seconds. Passing power is prodigious at all speeds. … The only real drawback is the engine's strained sound and feel as redline approaches." -- Edmunds
- "The responsive 3.7-liter V6 pulls strongly, whether mated to the 7-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission, the latter of which is fast becoming a rarity in modern cars." -- 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 (2014)
Handling and Braking
The 2015 Infiniti Q60 coupe and convertible come standard with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional in the Q60 coupe. A sport-tuned suspension is optional in the base model and standard in Q60S and Q60 IPL models. Reviewers write that the Q60 coupe and convertible have sharp handling, ample cornering grip and strong brakes. According to auto writers, the Q60's steering is accurate, though some think it is too heavy. Some test drivers report that models with the available sport suspension have a stiff ride, so they think most buyers will prefer those with the standard suspension.
- "In the handling department, the Q60 coupe feels well-balanced and responsive. The steering is precise, but requires a bit more effort than we'd like, especially with the sport-tuned setup on the Q60S 6MT and Q60 Limited trims. The standard suspension provides plenty of athleticism without the harshness of the available sport-tuned suspension, making it a better choice for the majority of buyers." -- Edmunds
- "The Q60 offers accurate steering, crisp brakes, and a planted suspension you'd expect from a luxury sports coupe." -- 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 (2014)
- "The Q60 lives for the curve, exhibiting excellent stability and tenacious grip." -- AutoTrader (2014)