The new Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 harks back to an era when personal luxury coupes were elegantly beautiful and more than adequately powered, this particular model tastefully understated yet motivated…

2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Road Test

The original G35 Coupe goes down as one of my all-time favourite two-door hardtops, not only because it was and still is a particularly beautiful car, especially from its rear three-quarter angle, but it was wonderfully quick and fabulous fun through the corners too. This said, next to the entirely new Q60 Red Sport 400 the now classic G35 looks respectfully sedate, and its performance, while always a thoroughly engaging handler, is some 120 horsepower shy.

I know it's unfair to put a 14-year old classic up against a completely new car, but there's a reason I choose to. The light and lively nature of the original was somewhat dampened by the considerably more potent and dynamically superior second-generation G37 Coupe, which morphed into the Q60 as part of Infiniti's brand-wide renaming scheme in the summer of 2013. Yet despite its performance gains and much-improved interior design, fit, finish, materials quality and features set, it never captured my heart as persuasively as Read Full Story
We drove the 2017 Infiniti Q60 3.0t AWD Coupe last fall, and while a wonderfully quick, impressively refined and beautifully sculpted two-door hardtop it was nowhere near the car this Q60 Red Sport 400…

2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400
The gorgeous 2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 turns heads wherever it goes. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
We drove the 2017 Infiniti Q60 3.0t AWD Coupe last fall, and while a wonderfully quick, impressively refined and beautifully sculpted two-door hardtop it was nowhere near the car this Q60 Red Sport 400 is. The Red Sport 400 is a BMW M4 for those who prefer subtler styling and less aggressive dynamics. It’s plenty quick with 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque driving both axles, and its seven-speed automatic rows through the gears fast enough for all but adrenaline addicted track stars, and while it’ll carve up a canyon as well as most super coupes it does so without punishing occupants from a harsh ride.
2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400
Aggressive yes, but totally classy too. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
The $60,990 model is one of three Q60 Coupe trims, the base car sporting a Mercedes-sourced 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and the 3.0t we tested previously equipped with Infiniti’s new 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 capable of 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. No matter the powertrain every new Q60 drives all four wheels through a quick-shifting seven-speed automatic with rev-matched downshifts, the Red Sport 400 also receiving paddle shifters for greater control during performance driving. The AWD system defaults to rear-drive when no wheel slippage occurs, or can send up to 50 percent of its torque frontward when required.
2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400
Infiniti’s stylish Q60 cabin gets upgraded with carbon trim. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
If you’ve driven a Q50 Red Sport 400 (the four-door model that we reviewed last year) you’ll be familiar with this two-door version thanks to beautiful blue-hued glossy carbon inlays throughout, and plenty of high grade contrast-stitched leather on the instrument panel, lower console, door skins, and of course the seat upholstery, the latter of which are fabulously contoured sport seats with plenty of adjustment, while the foot pedals are appropriately formed of metal.
2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400
These sport seats are wonderfully comfortable and adequately supportive. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
The brand’s dual-display infotainment system resides on the centre stack too, the top monitor controlled by a knurled metal rotating knob on the lower console and the bottom display a touchscreen. The electroluminescent primary gauges feature a colour multi-information display at centre too. We’ll go into detail about Infiniti’s digital displays as well as the Q60 Red Sport 400’s other features as part of a full road test review coming up soon, while also delving into its assortment of active safety gear that includes dynamic cruise control, lane keeping assist, and more, but most importantly we’ll give you a play-by-play account of this car’s extreme performance. Check these pages soon for an upcoming review…
Infiniti’s QX60 has long been one of our most recommended 7-occupant family haulers, and now that it gets a power upgrade and yet more features to complement last year’s styling and handling improvements…

2017 Infiniti QX60 AWD Technology Road Test

Infiniti gave its most popular QX60 a comprehensive refresh last year, so it's only reasonable to think this 2017 model would carry over completely unchanged. Not so fast. Rather than sit back and relax, Nissan's luxury brand has updated this seven-passenger mid-size luxury SUV's powertrain while also adding new features inside and out.

The large three-row crossover utility has boasted a 3.5-litre V6 engine since it debuted as the JX35 back in 2012, and very few customers or critics have complained about its strong performance, reasonable fuel economy, and silky smooth operation. In fact, Infiniti's VQ series engine (also used in Nissan products) is one of the most celebrated of its type, having made the Wards 10 Best Engines list eight years in a row; an award it garnered once again last year, with highlights being performance, refinement, quietness, and fuel-efficiency thanks to features like continuously variable valve timing and microfinished camshafts, and this even before Read Full Story
The saying “an oldie but a goodie” suits Infiniti’s QX70, as few SUVs have aged as well from a styling and driving perspective. Its new mesh grille insert helps, as does 2017s new Limited trim that…

2017 Infiniti QX70 Limited Road Test

Have you ever wondered why something can be the best thing since sliced bread one day and all of a sudden yesterday's has-been? The car industry is sometimes hard on modern-day classics, or rather new vehicles that haven't been updated in a while. Infiniti's QX70 falls into this category, but really it deserves much more attention than it gets.

When its predecessor and this second-generation model were created in 2002 and 2009 respectively, Infiniti followed all premium "rules" to a tee and then some, while most competitors took the cheaper, easier route of basing their luxury branded SUVs on mainstream mid-size family sedans. The original QX70 was formed on the back of the Q60 sports coupe's predecessor, which continues to share underpinnings with Nissan's 370Z sports car, and in essence became the industry's first sport utility coupe, much to BMW's disagreement.

On that note I'm a fan of this unusual class of SUV, and still lamenting the loss of Acura's quirky ZDX while Read Full Story
The prestigious iF Design Award has been given to Infiniti for the second consecutive year, 2016’s Q80 Inspiration Concept now joined by the production 2017 Q60 sports coupe. The annual iF Design Awards…

Infiniti Q60 sports coupe honoured with prestigious iF Design Award

The prestigious iF Design Award has been given to Infiniti for the second consecutive year, 2016's Q80 Inspiration Concept now joined by the production 2017 Q60 sports coupe.

The annual iF Design Awards program is hosted by one of Germany's oldest and most respected design organizations, iF International Forum Design GmbH in Hanover. Winning is especially rewarding because the jurors aren't solely from the automotive sector, instead representing a cross-industry product design viewpoint; the jury consisting of 58 independent design experts from around the world.

After more than 5,500 entries from 59 countries, 2017 iF Design Awards submissions were judged on "innovation, functionality and ergonomics, aesthetics and the sustainability of its production process and product attributes," stated an Infiniti press release.

The new Q60 received its award within iF Design's "Automobile" category, whereas last year's Q80 Inspiration Concept was recognized within the program's Read Full Story