Boldly-designed Infiniti Q60 aimed at dominating sports coupe segment

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 14, 2016

Infiniti was just one of those names that have dropped bombshells in terms of new offerings during the 2016 North American International Auto Show, but it sure did not disappoint with the release of the new Infiniti Q60.

Powered by a high-performance 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine, the new Infiniti Q60 features a much higher output than any vehicles released so far by the company.

The new engine produces excellent torque and horsepower, but also excels in fuel efficiency. With a team experienced in designing six-cylinder powerhouses, buyers can take their pick between a 300-horsepower V6 or a 400-horsepower V6.

For the additional pricing, the 400 HP V6 strikes up an excellent balance of horsepower and fuel efficiency that far exceeds other engines in the premium sports coupe class.

A four-cylinder 2.0-liter gasoline engine, turbocharged to produce 208 horsepower, is also available in the Q60. For those who are not looking for that level of power, an optional four-cylinder 2.0-liter gasoline engine is available.

This engine produces 208 horsepower, but is also frugal when it comes to fuel consumption. Power and looks come together in this new premium sports coupe.

An elegant design language has been employed in the Q60’s exterior, employing muscularity and proportions to a level that can only be described as “bold.” The bar in aerodynamic design has also been raised in the Q60. Working together with features like adaptive steering and digital suspension systems, only two words can be used to describe the Q60: functionality and performance.

The Q60 employs an intuitive rear-wheel drive, but buyers can also opt to install a rear-biased Intelligent All-Wheel Drive technology. With the AWD in place, the Q60 can be even more stable and produce more traction even in low-grip conditions. Working with the rear-wheel drive and/or the optional AWD is the Infiniti Dynamic Digital Suspension.

This combination results to several exciting capabilities for the Q60, namely, unparalleled handling response, excellent driving comfort and never-before-seen agility. These features are rounded out by the second-generation Direct Adaptive Steering found in the Q60.

The Direct Adaptive Steering provides three modes of handling, all of which can be accessed through the Drive Mode Selector. Of course, these steering and handling technologies will be for naught if not for the enhanced capabilities of the new range of engines for the Q60. As mentioned earlier, there are three options for powertrains that can be attached to the Q60. All of these engines promise excellent power and propulsion, as well as terrific responsiveness and fuel efficiencies. First in line is the all-new 3.0-liter V6 twin turbo engine.

Infiniti Q60 will be instrumental to maintaining the excellent and rapid growth for the car maker, which saw monumental increases in sales of new vehicles in 2015. Specifically, Infiniti has intended the Q60 to be the company’s key to making a comeback in the premium sports coupe segment.

Q60 is poised to be the rocket that will propel the company’s global launch forward. The sports coupe is a market that Infiniti has gained significant ground in, first with the G35 in 2002. The G35’s first generation model has performed positively in the market thanks to the designers’ efforts at blending class-leading performance and head-turning aesthetics.

The G35 was then followed by the G37, which was also designed with the same goals in mind. Hence, it won’t be a surprise that the Q60, basically the company’s third generation sports coupe, will follow in the same footsteps and achieve the same success.

In fact, response to the unveiling has already been positive as the world press and NAIAS attendees have seen the elegance, dynamics and performance promised by the premiums sports coupe.

Of course, Infiniti has not sacrificed the interiors just to ensure performance. A standard aluminum trim is available for the base model. However, one can choose to have the base Q60’s interiors carry a black wood trim. Carbon fiber highlights are available only for the Sport and Premium models. If you opt for the Q60 that feature red or white leather seats, silver glass fiber accents come as a standard.

Exterior Design

Distinctive exterior features of the Q60 include a double-arch grille paired with crescent-shaped C-pillars that exude an appearance that the coupe is always moving, or is itching to move from a standstill.

Innovative design language allows the Light Guide Technology to give the headlights a human eyelid shape, making the Q60’s front portion appear similar to a human face on the road. Infiniti has also taken steps to give the Q60 bigger dimensions than its predecessors in a bid to make it appear powerful even before its engine has displayed that power.

The Q60 also has a lower center of gravity, ensuring powerful driving dynamics, emphasized visually by an aggressive stance that makes the car look and feel more stable. The Q60 also holds a distinction as the first Infiniti sports coupe to feature 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels as a standard option.

Even these aluminum-alloy wheels have been redesigned specifically for the Infiniti Q60. These 19-inch wheels can be replaced by 20-inch wheels at the request of buyers, although this is not available in all markets.

Wider rear wheels and tires are also available but only for select Sport variants of the Q60; this design makes it possible for the Q60 to take on a more aggressive stance, and continue to handle optimally in higher lateral-G situations. The new design also resulted to a drag coefficient of 0.28, a testimony to the design and engineering teams’ efforts to achieve optimal aerodynamic efficiency.

This coefficient allows the vehicle to maintain stability in high speed and crosswind environments. Air exhaust engineering in the front fender vents and hood design also contribute to this improved stability as well. An Active Grille Shutter acts to keep the powerful V6 engines cool while maintaining stability, performance and aerodynamics.

The shutter open up when the V6 engines are called on for a more powerful performance than as required by normal driving conditions, letting air into the engines to keep it from overheating under the increased demand. Finally, aerodynamics and visibility are also ensured by a combination of door mounted side mirrors, a low riding stance and a smooth and sleek design.


There are two versions of this 3.0-liter V6 “VR” engine: the first one is a 300-horsepower engine with 295 lb-ft or 400 Nm of torque, delivered at 1,600-5,200 rpm. This version consumes only 23 gallons (US) for every mile travelled, and emits only 154 grams of carbon dioxide for every kilometer traveled.

The second one is the 400-horsepower version, with an impressive torque of 350 lb-ft or 475 Nm delivered at 1,600-5,200 rpm. Fuel efficiency and emissions are at 22 mpg (US) and 206 g/km. These ratings represent the best ratio between engine power and fuel efficiency in the premium sports coupe class.

Infiniti’s engineers have relied on new powertrain technologies to deliver those efficiency ratios for the two V6 engines. For instance, a new twin-turbo system has been designed specifically for the engines, delivering responsive acceleration and smooth driving while maintaining fuel efficiency.

In addition, a “toned down” 2.0-liter gasoline engine can also be attached to the Q60 in place of the two high-performance engines.

Power and efficiency ratings for this four-cylinder, turbo-charged engine are at 208 horsepower, delivered at 5,500 rpm; and maximum torque of 258 lb-ft or 350 Nm produced at 1,500 rpm; a fuel efficiency of 24 mpg (US), thanks to a high pressure direct injection system; and an estimated 154 g/km CO2 emissions.

Press Release

All-new 2017 Infiniti Q60 sports coupe: Designed and engineered to perform

Making its world premiere at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, the new Infiniti Q60 is a premium sports coupe that combines expressive design with exhilarating performance and dynamics.

The Q60's bold exterior – lower and wider than predecessors – expresses a powerful elegance through its daring proportions and taut, muscular lines. Dynamic enhancements, including an all-new lightweight and sophisticated 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine, together with new adaptive steering and digital suspension systems, result in a premium sports coupe designed and engineered to perform.

The high performance 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine from the new and exclusive "VR" powertrain family is born out of the brand's extensive in-house experience of six-cylinder powertrain development. The new engine has been engineered to empower the driver and offer increased power and torque with high levels of efficiency. This new "VR30" engine comes in two power ratings: 300 horsepower or 400 horsepower, with the latter offering one of the best power-to-efficiency ratios in the premium sports coupe class.

A four-cylinder 2.0-liter gasoline engine, turbocharged to produce 208 horsepower, is also available in the Q60.

Power is channeled through the Q60's rear wheels for optimal dynamic response and to benefit steering feel. The available rear-biased Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system provides enhanced stability and road holding in low-grip conditions.

The Q60 has been engineered to deliver a truly engaging sports coupe experience, with a unique balance of ride comfort and agile handling. Complementing this position is Infiniti's new Dynamic Digital Suspension, which has been designed to offer best-in-class handling responses and agility, and enhanced ride comfort – thanks, in part, to a dedicated new set of dampers.

In addition, Infiniti's second-generation Direct Adaptive Steering offers high levels of steering feel and feedback, and the Drive Mode Selector gives drivers the option to personalize and tailor the steering's precise levels of response and feel to suit their own preferences.

"The Infiniti Q60 conveys a powerful elegance through its daring design, and has the performance credentials to match – thanks to next-generation ride and handling technologies and up to 400 horsepower. The Q60 will affirm Infiniti's leadership in the premium sports coupe class."
Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti

Infiniti Q60: a leader in the sports coupe segment
The world premiere of the new Q60 premium sports coupe comes at a time of rapid growth for Infiniti, released in the midst of an intense global launch period. Infiniti sold a record 215,250 new vehicles in 2015, a 16 percent increase over the previous year.

On sale late summer 2016, the Q60 will play an important role in the brand's global growth and re-ignite its presence in the premium sports coupe segment.

Infiniti has been at the forefront of the sports coupe class, thanks to the G35 and G37, launched in 2002 and 2008, respectively. The first-generation G35 presented a blend of class-leading dynamics and eye-catching looks – and Infiniti development teams have designed and engineered the third-generation Q60 sports coupe according to the same principles.

As such, Infiniti expects the Q60 to establish the brand as a leader in the global premium sports coupe segment.

"The new Q60, our third-generation sports coupe, will ensure Infiniti's position as a leader in the segment. Premium customers around the globe love a sports coupe that offers power, performance and prestige – and the Q60 delivers on all three fronts."
Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President Product Strategy

Powerful, elegant and daring new design
The Q60 employs signature Infiniti design cues to communicate dynamism through powerful elegance, representing a daring visual expression of the car's performance potential.

"The design carries an elegance that contrasts and gives tonality to its powerful character, expressed through flexed muscles and tension suggested in the sculpture. The Q60 surfaces exude a sense of fluid movement."
Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director

The production version of the Q60 has remained faithful to the concept design thanks to a unique deep-body stamping process that enables Infiniti to maintain the bold lines and sharp angles of the original creative vision.

Signature design cues ensure Q60 remains instantly recognizable as an Infiniti model, such as the double-arch grille and the crescent-shaped C-pillars that arc forward and emphasize the car's "in-motion" appearance. LED headlights, employing Light Guide Technology to spread light evenly on the road ahead, are designed to emulate the shape of the human eyelid, providing an alluring "face" to the car. The deep grille is inset from the body, communicating a strong connection to the twin-turbo V6 engine.

Increased exterior dimensions, versus the previous generation, and a striking silhouette emphasize the Q60's position as a powerful sports coupe. The Q60's aggressive stance gives a greater impression of stability and in-control driving potential, while its lower center of gravity has a positive overall effect on driving dynamics.

The Q60 features newly designed 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels as standard, and, for the first time on an Infiniti sports coupe, optional 20-inch wheels are also available in some markets, further referencing the Q60's performance promise. Select Sport models have wider wheels and tires at the rear, contributing to a more aggressive stance while also improving handling with a higher capacity for lateral G-forces. The wheel gaps – the spaces between tires and wheel arches – are tighter than ever, further lowering the visual volume of the car and giving it a low, powerful stance.

Aerodynamic efficiency was a major consideration for Infiniti's design and engineering teams. The Q60's drag coefficient of 0.28 was made possible, in part, by the car's new design, intended to keep the vehicle stable at high speeds and in crosswind conditions. Vents in the front fenders direct air out of the engine bay while the Q60's hood is also shaped to reduce drag.

Q60 models with the new V6 engine feature an Active Grille Shutter to balance the engine's cooling requirements with the desire to enhance aerodynamics. Under normal use, the shutter remains closed, opening when greater performance is required. Relatively narrow door-mounted side mirrors accentuate the Q60's low stance and sleek coupe looks, and are designed to improve the flow of air down the flanks of the vehicle, while maintaining a wide angle of rear visibility for the driver.

A tailored approach for a driver-centric interior
"Interior artistry for Infiniti is about a fitted, personal approach. We modeled the Q60's interior around the concept of a ‘driver's glove' – the driver is always comfortable and the cabin is tailored for them."
Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director

The driver-centric approach continues inside the Q60, with all-new interior trims featuring high-end accents and bold, modern-looking materials. The base model gets aluminum trim, while a black wood option is also available. Sport and Premium models are available with carbon-fiber highlights, while versions with white or red leather seating receive a silver glass fiber accent.

High-contrast stitching throughout the cabin increases the premium ambience and feeling of quality in the Q60's interior.

New V6 powertrain technology delivers exhilarating performance
The new range of engines available in the Q60 complements the direct and agile ride and handling characteristics of the premium sports coupe for an exhilarating drive. Three power units are available – and all offer instant power delivery, smooth responses to driver inputs, high performance output, and mechanical efficiency.

The all-new 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine, from the new "VR" powertrain family, has been developed to deliver optimal power and torque for an engine of its size, alongside greater fuel efficiency. The high-output version of the V6 delivers 400 horsepower (298 kW, 405 ps) at 6,400 rpm and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) maximum torque at 1,600-5,200 rpm; while the 300 horsepower (224 kW, 304 ps) version (at 6,400 rpm) produces 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) torque at 1,600-5,200rpm.

These outputs have been achieved while delivering efficiency: 23 mpg (U.S.) and 154 g/km CO2 (estimated) for the 300 horsepower version, and 22 mpg (U.S.) and 206 g/km CO2 (estimated) for the 400 horsepower model – with the latter offering one of the best power-to-efficiency ratios in the premium sports coupe class.

This power-to-efficiency performance was made possible thanks to a set of newly developed powertrain features, including an advanced new twin-turbo system which enables smooth and immediate responses under acceleration, while aiding efficiency.

A four-cylinder turbo-charged 2.0-liter gasoline engine is also available in the Q60, with direct injection for efficiency in all conditions. This engine delivers 208 horsepower (155 kW, 211 ps) at 5,500 rpm and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) maximum torque at 1,500 rpm. A high-pressure direct injection with piezoelectric injectors delivers fuel to the engine in precise amounts for greater fuel efficiency – 24 mpg (U.S.) and 154 g/km (estimated) CO2.

Empowering performance from innovative technology
The Q60 sports coupe has been engineered to deliver a truly engaging sports coupe experience as standard, offering a unique balance of ride comfort and agile handling that has become synonymous with the Infiniti brand. Enhancing this position, the Q60 has been fitted with a range of new and innovative driving technologies to deliver empowering performance and a personalized experience behind the wheel.

Chief among these is Infiniti's second-generation Direct Adaptive Steering. Available on models equipped with the 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine, the system has undergone significant re-tuning to enhance steering feel and feedback, while making it possible for the driver to further customize the steering performance according to personal preferences.

Direct Adaptive Steering transmits the driver's input to the wheels faster than a mechanical system while requiring fewer steering corrections. The new system quickly and intelligently communicates feedback about road surface and chassis behavior, while also reducing unwanted steering feel typically generated by a conventional steering system. This instills secure and confident steering feel for the Q60 driver, while also reducing fatigue.

The wide range of steering customization within Direct Adaptive Steering is accessed through the Drive Mode Selector. Through menus displayed in the upper screen of the Q60's Infiniti InTuition system, Drive Mode Selector allows the steering response to be selected from six available options: "Customize," "Standard," "Snow," "Eco," "Sport," and – new for certain models – "Sport+."

The Standard mode has been tuned to represent the core performance of the Q60 – offering drivers Infiniti's unique blend of enhanced ride comfort and agile handling as a default setting. Appropriate for the needs of premium coupe drivers, the Customize steering mode also allows for a high degree of fine tuning. Drivers first select one of three core "Modes" (Standard, Sport and Sport+) and then specify their preferred level of "Response" (Default, Dynamic and Dynamic+). For the highest level of assistance and ultimate sports coupe driving experience, the Q60 driver would choose Sport+ mode with Dynamic+ response – making best use of the Direct Adaptive Steering technology.

The Sport mode enhances the response of Direct Adaptive Steering, elevating the steering effort required while reducing the required steering movement from lock to lock. In the new Sport+ mode, steering effort remains the same as Sport mode, but the response of the steering is further increased, with an even quicker steering ratio for precise performance.

Infiniti Q60 models equipped with the new 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine feature standard Rack Electronic Power Steering. This all-new system provides a linear and in-control driving experience that can be tuned through the Drive Mode Selector.

When making a steering input or returning the steering wheel following an input, traditional assisted steering systems can create an unnatural feeling through imprecise control of the power assistance, reducing the feeling of linearity. To counter this, Infiniti's Rack Electronic Power Steering precisely increases the steering effort required as the vehicle's yaw rate changes, before adjusting to provide more assistance when the wheel returns towards on-center.

The four-cylinder turbo-charged Q60 models are equipped with a speed-sensitive hydraulic electronic rack-and-pinion power steering system as standard. This increases assistance at low speeds and reduces assistance for enhanced feel and response at higher speeds.

A choice of two suspension systems allow the driver to tailor a dynamic response from the Q60 that best suits a personal driving style. The standard suspension ensures a low level of road noise and minimal intrusion of unwanted vibrations, while allowing for more direct and linear handling response. Suspension link layouts and bushings have been modified specifically for their application in the Q60, while shock absorbers are relocated for optimized sports coupe ride and handling.

An all-new electronic suspension system, Dynamic Digital Suspension, comes standard on the Q60 Sport grades and has been designed to offer best-in-class handling responses and agility, and enhanced ride comfort – thanks to software and hardware upgrades, including a dedicated new set of dampers. Drivers can change the focus of the suspension from a comfort-biased ride to one which offers more dynamic responses, by placing the electronically adjustable shock absorbers in either Sport or Sport+ modes (adjusted via the Drive Mode Selector), providing firmer damping control for more agile handling. While in these modes, the suspension is constantly adjusting to provide ideal performance and a level ride.

The Q60's seven-speed automatic transmission has been engineered with gear ratios spaced to allow for responsive, direct acceleration. Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) uses a lateral acceleration sensor to detect topographical changes in the road, such as hills or corners, and enhances gear selection patterns according to the changing conditions. ASC also allows the transmission to observe driving behaviors and adapt shifts to driver feedback.

In Sport mode, drivers can select a more aggressive shift pattern, holding on to gears longer to tap into the engine's maximum performance reserves at higher revolutions. In all instances, the automatic transmission shifts smoothly, with less performance-focused modes giving the car a more relaxed gait for everyday conditions.

The Q60's available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system provides enhanced stability for greater road holding in low-grip conditions, distributing torque 50:50 between front and rear wheels in its default setting. If the car detects that the extra traction isn't immediately required, the system will revert to 100 percent rear-wheel drive, redistributing power to each of the four wheels as conditions change or if it detects a momentary loss of traction.

High-tech features offer maximum comfort, convenience and safety
Technological innovation means maximum comfort and convenience levels in the cabin of the Q60 premium sports coupe, providing a refined and contemporary space for driver and passengers alike.

Infiniti engineers have ensured Q60's noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels are among the best in the segment. In particular, NVH has been improved with the adoption of greater suspension insulation and stiffer cross-members, as well as wheel spokes designed to dampen vibrations. Active Noise Cancellation is fitted to all Q60 models, effectively preventing negative engine noise frequencies from intruding on the calm of the cabin.

Making its world debut in a production vehicle, the Q60 will be fitted with an all-new 13-speaker, Bose® Performance Series sound system, a class-leading audio set-up which has been tailored to the acoustics of the Q60's cabin. Matched with Q60's noise cancelling technology, the fully-immersive Bose® audio system transforms the cabin into the driver's very own audio haven.

High-back, highly-bolstered seats accentuate the Q60's in-control driving experience. The highly ergonomic seats are designed to offer greater thigh, lumbar and lateral support, keeping occupants in place during more enthusiastic driving. Infiniti's hallmark "spinal support" seats have been carefully engineered to match the curvature of the spine, providing a consistent level of support and minimizing pressure on lower and upper back muscles. The supportive seats reduce the spinal curvature that many traditional seats force occupants to adopt, with a more even alignment between chest and pelvis, while extensive upper body support spreads the occupants' weight more evenly all the way up the seat.

The Q60 comes standard with Infiniti's InTuition central control system, the latest generation of the company's advanced infotainment set-up. Upgraded with a faster processor than earlier editions of the technology, InTuition allows occupants to personalize the interior environment of the Q60 according to their preferences, with fully adjustable temperature, seating positions, audio-visual settings, navigation and more.

Infiniti's comprehensive approach to safety is evident throughout the Q60 premium sports coupe, instilling confidence in the driver and their passengers. The active and passive safety technologies include Around View® Monitor, Intelligent Cruise Control with Distance Control Assist, Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Lane Departure Prevention, Blind Spot Intervention and Backup Collision Intervention.

The new Infiniti Q60 sports coupe goes on sale in selected markets later in 2016.

Please note: All product information contained in this press kit relates to global Q60 information, including technical specifications, powertrains and standard/optional equipment and features. Please contact your country's Infiniti PR office for product details relevant to your market.

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