Nissan's premium brand Infiniti has takes the wraps off the next generation of the premium Q60 sports coupe in an attempt to continue its fight against the German executives. The Q60 will be available with two engines and three different power outputs.
The new Q60 drops the 3,7-litre V6 found in the previous model and replaces it with the VR 3,0-litre to be found in the updated Q50 with the same power outputs of either 224 kW and 400 N.m or 298 kW and 475 N.m of torque. A smaller 2,0-litre turbocharged petrol engine delivering 155 kW and 350 N.m for those who want the image without the speed.
All models will be rear-wheel drive but a rear biased all-wheel drivetrain is available as an option. A seven-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift control which makes use of lateral acceleration readings will be standard equipment. The Q60's layout will feature Infiniti's new dynamic digital suspension which features active dampers to enhance agility and comfort and a direct adaptive steering which drivers can personalise to suit their preferences.
The Q60 will come standard with 19-inch wheels but 20-inch alloys are available as an option for certain markets. A few aerodynamic additions such as air directing vents and active grille shutters have also been used to achieve a drag coefficient of 0.28.
Interior of the Q60 contains the usual bucket seats with lumbar support and dual touch-screen infotainment system. Black wood trimming is available as an optional extra.
With the 298 kW model being 19 kW shy of an M4 and most likely heavier as well, it is difficult to see how this model will compete in its segment, however if Infiniti were to push forward with the GT-R powered Eau Rouge, it may make for an interesting development.
The Q60 will reach international markets by the second quarter of next year. Local availability has not yet been confirmed.