⦁ ‘Daring proportions powerful elegance, unmistakeably Infiniti’
⦁ All-new ‘VR30’ three-litre V6 twin-turbo engine
⦁ Innovative driving technology, ‘rewarding drive’
ROLLE, Switzerland – Here comes the latest sports machine from Infiniti, the performance arm of Nissan: the Q60 coupe will be on the Infiniti stand at the 2016 Detroit auto show.
The Japanese automaker describes the car as “a premium sports coupe that combines expressive design with exhilarating performance and dynamics”. Given Infiniti’s products since its resurgence a couple of years ago, who’s going to argue?
It’s described as lower and wider than is predecessors with dynamic enhancements “that include an all-new, light and sophisticated three-litre V6 turbo engine capable of 280kW at 6400rpm and 400Nm from 1600-15200rpm.
Infiniti describes the V6, however, as having a new adaptive steering arrangement and digitally controlled suspension “for a premium sports coupe designed and engineered to perform”. It’s all-wheel drive will come in handy, too….
There’s also a turbocharged, two-litre, four-cylinder, 155kW/350Nm unit with just rear-wheel drive.
Roland Krueger, president of Infiniti, told The Corner in a media release: “The Infiniti Q60 conveys a powerful elegance through its daring design and has the performance credentials to match. It will affirm Infiniti’s leadership in the premium sports coupe class.”
Francois Bancon, Infiniti’s VP for product strategy added: “The new Q60 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 – the Q60 delivers all three.”
“Signature design cues,” the automaker pointed out, “ensure the Q60 remains instantly recognisable as an Infiniti model – the double-arch grille, the crescent C pillars which arc forward, the diode headlights that emulate human eyes.”
The Q60 will have a fresh design of 19″ aluminium-alloy wheel rims – 20″ an option in some markets – and a drag coefficient of only 0.28 while the V6 will add grille shutters for extra (or less!) cooling.
As all its predecessors, the new car will pamper the driver and passengers – continuing the tradition of high-end accents and modern materials with high-contrast stitching.
The wide range of steering customisation, selectable electronically by the driver through a series of menus on the centre console, is part of the package: ‘Customize’, ‘Standard’, ‘Snow’, ‘Eco’, ‘Sport’, and – new for certain models – ‘Sport+’.
The four-cylinder model has speed-sensitive hydraulic-electronic rack-and-pinion, power-assisted steering which increases assistance at low speed but reduces that assistance as speed increases.
The Q60’s seven-speed auto transmission has been engineered to use a lateral acceleration sensor to detect hills and corners and select ratios according changing conditions. It will also adapt to the driver’s foibles; sport mode, of course, will hold gear selections to higher engine revolutions.
The V6’s all-wheel drive can distribute torque equally to each pair of wheels or send it as required for the best grip to either.
COCOONED – TOP-CLASS PASSENGER PROTECTION
Making its world debut in a production vehicle is a new 13-speaker Bose Performance Series sound system tailored, Infiniti says, “to a class-leading audio set-up” that works in partnership with the car’s noise-cancelling technology which in turn works with the cars’ InTuition memory that holds – among other settings – personal choices for cabin temperature, seat adjustment, audio-visual selection and satnav preferences.
On-the-road passenger protection tech includes all-round cameras, distance-adjusting cruise control, emergency self-braking, lane-keeping, blind-spot alerts, and reversing radar.
* Specifications may vary from country to country.