2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport first drive review: truth in truth


The 2017 Infiniti Q60 tells no lies.

In top trim, Q60 Red Sport 400, the Q60 delivers on every one of its promises: It’s one better than the Q50 (from which its related); there is in fact, a red S (which is also part of Infiniti’s even more confusing nomenclature now); and every bit of its claimed 400 horsepower is believable.

Its exterior pulls no punches either.

Just below the enlarged grille, the lines from its lower front fascia ascend through the Infiniti badge and converge at a pinched point of sheet metal just above the arrow. Bookended by angry squinting eyes that double as LED running lamps, the Q60 looks more serious about its intentions on the road. Its fog lamps, which are accented by chrome hockey stick-shaped surrounds, double-time as square jowls on its newly minted mission.

Look sharp.

Run fast.

In that order.

The coupe smooths over the edges in profile view. The same dynamic proportions are there; its nose still inserts itself first into the conversation, but its followed closely by a steeply raked windshield and a cockpit perched closer to the front axle than some of its contemporaries. The Q60’s newest trick, a kinked C-pillar that double backs on itself is the most dramatic departure from the last generation, and in case you missed it, Infiniti chromed it.

2017 Infiniti Q60

2017 Infiniti Q60

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2017 Infiniti Q60 First Drive

2017 Infiniti Q60 First Drive

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2017 Infiniti Q60 First Drive

2017 Infiniti Q60 First Drive

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There are touches of chrome on the door handles and faux front brake ducts that Infiniti toned down from its concept Q60. Both elements take away from the gracious curved lines Infiniti has draped over the rear and front wheels, but they aren’t liars: we know the Q60 doesn’t cool its anchors and the bright handles punctuate a daring character line that starts at the nose and dies at its rear haunches.

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The rear of the Red Sport ends with drilled dual exhausts, a decklid spoiler that doesn’t make downforce as much as it casts a small shadow over the Infiniti badge, and a pair of right-angled edges on the bottom rear bumper draw the wide 295 mm rubber toward the exhaust oulets. For a sports coupe that manages to look organic—downright naked next to a BMW M4—those twin fins are the only overworked part of the car. Who brought the protractor to work that day?

(OK, so the Q60’s drilled exhaust tips fib a little: they don’t make a perceptible impact on its V-6 growl, in any way whatsoever.)


 
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