Infiniti’s Q60S Is A Powerful, Classy Sportster


Base Price: $41,305
As Tested Price: $50,

It’s got a sweetly predatory body, particularly the squat front end with its vast metal slab of hood. It holds the highway at speed and beyond and its tight steering and tight, responsive brake system make it a pleasure to navigate over tight turns and twists. Just make sure you keep an eye on the speedometer as it’s easy to feel you’re going much more slowly than you are. 

The naturally aspirated 3.7 liter V6 engine making 330 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque has just the right amount of blast – neither too jumpy nor sluggish. You’ve got a sport mode mechanism that lends extra whomp, and if you find you’ve gotten ahead of yourself, say, doing 50 in a 35 MPH zone without realizing it, downshift via one of the steering wheel shift paddles and you’ll quickly get things calmed down before attracting the attention of the law. By contrast, when you need sheer velocity, the opposite paddle provides a mule-kick of power that’s a thrill each time.

You’re not going to pack the kiddies or much of anything else in the back seat due to the shrimpy dimensions, but that’s typical of sports cars. A bigger drawback is the tiny trunk space, although I did fit a guitar and groceries back there without smashing any wood or eggs. I’d also like to see doors unlock when you approach the vehicle while holding the key, as do other cars in this class.

Inside, you’re treated like royalty via wood grain, heated leather seats and a tight, efficiently laid out dash and cockpit. A 7-inch touchscreen display comes standard, controlling the radio, nav system and other necessary functions. You’ve also got Bluetooth link-up, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port for your iPod control and other goodies.

Options, if you go kitchen sink, will cost you in the neighborhood of $9,000. A premium package delivers a rear parking assist, a moonroof and more, and a tech package includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, pre-crash seatbelts and brake assist  (priming your brakes before hard stops) and radar cruise control. The Sport package adds a limited-slip differential, 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, sport seats, aluminum pedals and more.

The sports sedan market is fierce, with BMW, Audi, Benz and others vying for market share with their fastest, sportiest and swankiest. The Q60S more than holds its own up against those brands, though, and should be on any autobuyers’ short list of possibilities.

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josh max

Josh Max grew up on a rural Westchester road next to a garage, and designed his first car, the "Washington" - an answer to "Lincoln" - when he was four. He read and memorized the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Car Care And Repair at 16 and was soon gapping plugs, changing clutch cables, rotating tires and anything else that didn't require a lift. He has test-driven over 776 cars and trucks and published over 2,000 articles in major media.