Published on January 12th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair0
Infiniti Debuts Q60 Sports Coupe
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 3.0liter 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 Q60 employs signature Infiniti design cues to communicate dynamism through powerful elegance, representing a daring visual expression of the car’s performance potential.
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.
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.
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.
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.