The new premium sports coupe from Infiniti, the Q60, is making its world premiere at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, and promises the combination of expressive design and exhilarating performance and dynamics.
Lower and wider than all the cars before it, the Q60 has a powerful elegance about its daring proportions and taut, muscular lines. Dynamic enhancements, including an all-new lightweight and very clever 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine, together with new adaptive steering and electronic suspension systems, result in a car 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 VR30engine comes in two power ratings: 224 kW and 400 Nm or 298 kWand 475 Nm, with the latter offering one of the best power-to-efficiency ratios in the premium sports coupe class.Both versions produce max torque from just 1600 rpm. A 155 kW, 350 Nm four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline engine, is also available.
Power is channelled through the Q60’s rear wheels for optimal dynamic response and to benefit steering feel. The available rear-biased Intelligent AWD system provides enhanced stability and road holding in low-grip conditions.
The Q60 also sports Infiniti’s second-generation Direct Adaptive Steering offers high levels of steering feel and feedback. The Drive Mode Selector gives customers the option to personalize and tailor the steering’s precise levels of response and feel to suit their preferences.
The world premiere of the new Q60 premium sports coupe comes at a time of rapid growth for Infiniti, it will be released in the midst of an intense global launch period. Infiniti sold a record 215,250 new vehicles in 2015, a 16 % increase over the previous year.
Given their success with previous models, Infiniti expects the Q60 to establish the brand as a leader in the global premium sports coupe segment.
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.
A newly designed 19”aluminum-alloy wheels as standard, and, for the first time on an Infiniti sports coupe, optional 20” wheels are also available in selected markets, further referencing the Q60’s performance promise.
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.
The driver-centric approach, as seen on the Q30, continues inside the Q60, with all-new interior trims featuring high-end accents and bold, modern-looking materials. High-contrast stitching throughout the cabin increases the premium ambience and feeling of quality in the Q60’s interior.
The new 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 gives the Q60’s steering a very confident feel.
The Drive Mode Selector enables the driver to choose fromsix available options: “Customize,” “Standard,” “Snow,” “Eco,” “Sport,” and – new for certain models – “Sport+.”
The Q60’s 7-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. ASCadapt shifts according to driver bfehavior.
The Q60’s available Intelligent AWD system provides enhanced stability and traction 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% rear-wheel drive, redistributing power to each of the four wheels as conditions change or if it detects a momentary loss of traction.
The Q60 also comes with Active Noise Cancellation, which effectivelyprevents 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.
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.
“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 298 kW. The Q60 will affirm Infiniti’s leadership in the premium sports coupe class.” Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti
The new Infiniti Q60 sports coupe goes on sale in selected markets later in 2016.