Infiniti Q60: beauty meets brains

Infiniti Q60: beauty meets brains

BEAUTY and brains seldom go together, they say, but it’s definitely the case as far as the Infiniti Q60 is concerned.

The sporty upmarket coupe makes a great initial impression with its swoopy styling and closer inspection reveals it also has some excellent DNA, much of it from Mercedes-Benz.

Clearly aimed at individuals who want prestige motoring without having what everyone else is driving, the Q60 surprises with a price tag somewhat less than one would think.

The 2.0litre turbo-petrol GT is $62,900 – drive-away for about $70,000 – and there are also models with an ‘enhancement pack’ for $3000 more or you can get the Premium model for about $8000 on top of the well-specced standard model.

Despite being a coupe, it does have reasonable rear-seat accommodation for a pair of adults and the cabin itself is a very pleasant place to be, with its double-stitched leather and aluminium trim.

Infiniti describes the cabin architecture as ‘driver-centric, passenger-minded’ to give each occupant their own defined space.

The boot’s quite big too, at 342litres.

The centre console houses twin touchscreens as part of the brand’s easy to follow InTouch central control system, minimising the number of buttons in the cabin, for a neater look.

A drive mode selector lets the driver choose from standard, snow, sport and personal, with standard tuned to represent a blend of enhanced ride comfort and agile handling.

Sport and the other modes change the steering ratio, and engine and transmission mapping.

The car has a 155kW/350Nm four-pot turbo that drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic, both from Mercedes, and is capable of zipping to 100km/h in 7.0seconds.

It runs on 19-inch alloys with tubby (255mm) run-flat lo-pro tyres and the suspension is by coils and double wishbones in front and a multi-link set-up at the rear.

So the car runs well, has great grip and stability and is more of a fast tourer than a sports car. Top speed, if you’re driving it in Europe, is 235km/h.

Comforts include multi-adjustabe steering, a six-speaker DAB audio (13 speakers in the ‘enhancement’ model), Bluetooth, reversing camera, dual-zone climate control, auto-on wipers and lights, daytime LED running lights, eight-way powered front seats and a load of other niceties.

Sole question mark is the provision of a US-style foot-operated ‘parking brake’, which some people like and others detest.

The car is strongly made, with a mass of nearly 1700kg, and has the usual plethora of safety gear including predictive forward-collision warning, autonomous braking with pedestrian detection and the rest.

It’s pretty economical too, with an official average of 7.7litres/100km, though our test returned a still acceptable 10.2.

Verdict: A very classy alternative to the now common elite of the motoring world.