11. June 2014
It’s hard to figure what the Infiniti Q60 Coupe competes with. It doesn’t seem like the sort of car that can be purchased from a European premium builder, not an Audi A5 nor a Mercedes CL. There’s really nothing like it from Acura or Lexus. And it isn’t like a Corvette, and certainly not a loaded Camaro, Mustang (not even the ’15) or Challenger. Cadillac CTS Coupe, perhaps. Yes, in some indescribable way (that’s a hell of a thing to say when writing about something, isn’t it?), it seems to be more akin to something from a domestic. That is, it has that sort of refined oomph that even many Challenger, Mustang and Camaro drivers have become accustomed to, and it has the upscale amenities that one would find in a Cadillac.
Still, I wondered, who is this car for. . . ?
It’s mainly guys who buy the Q60 Coupe. The number is 64%
More than half of those guys have wives, 54%, but it turns out that in the segment (which includes the BMW 3 Series, the aforementioned A’s as well as the TT, the Lexus IS, and yes, the CTS—at least these are the cars most commonly cross-shopped), that 54% is 10% less than the segment average. Meaning fewer of the people who are behind the wheel are hitched.
What’s more, they’re younger, 49, which is five years less than average.
Finally, 79% of them have college degrees, which is on average with the group. Which makes sense when you simply see that the base MSRP of the Q60 Coupe Journey* is $40,400, so chances are good that you need to have a job that pays you a sufficient amount to keep the car payments current. And while you might not think that $40K is a big deal price wise, throw in a few packages (Technology: $1,250; Premium: $3,250; Sport: $1,950; Navigation: $1,850; Interior Accents: $600) and $905 for destination, and suddenly you are talking about a $50,000 car and there is nothing in any of those packages that would seem unreasonable (that is, to take one item from each of the packages (although all include more, with the exception of Interior Accents, which is simply “High gloss maple interior accents,” which are attractive for those who like to balance the creamy leather seats with wood rather than, say metallics or plastics): Technology has adaptive cruise control; Premium has a moonroof; Sport has 19-in. alloy wheels and summer performance tires; Navigation has, well, navigation. (The last one is probably the most dubious. There is a 7-in. color display in the center stack. So what the $1,850 really buys you is a mystery, given that I searched “Navigation” on the Google Play site and found that on the first page of results, most of the apps were free, with the most expensive being PAPAGO! GPS for $29.99; it is specifically for navigating one’s way through Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore; due north of Malaysia across the South China Sea, is Hong Kong, where Infiniti is headquartered, incidentally.)
As this is a performance car (even though it is not in the IPL raiment), what’s under the hood is most certainly important. The car has a 3.7-liter, 330-hp, V6 with a Variable Valve Event and Lift and a Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System that puts the redline up at 7,500 rpm. The transmission is a seven-speed automatic that provides manual mode (selections can be made through actual, available magnesium paddle shifters, which are, incidentally, included in the Sport Package). All of which is to say that the car is more than reasonably responsive without being something that would almost compel you to rack up moving violations.
*Journey is the entry model Q60. There are the Q60 Coupe AWD and the Q60S Coupe 6MT direct above it, then there are the “Infiniti Performance Line” (IPL) models above those, with the Q60 IPL Coupe and Q60 IPL Coupe 6MT above all those. Meaning that the highest MSRP is $53,650, for the IPL Coupe.
Engine: 3.7-liter DOHC V6
Horsepower: 330 @ 7,000 rpm
Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm
Materials: Aluminum block and heads
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
Steering: Rack and pinion, speed-sensitive
Wheelbase: 112.2 in.
Length: 183.1 in.
Width: 71.8 in.
Height (w/19-in. tires): 54.9 in.
Coefficient of drag: 0.31
Interior passenger volume (w/moonroof): 90.1-cu. ft.
Trunk volume: 7.4-cu. ft.
Curb weight: 3,633 lb.
EPA: mpg city/highway/combined: 19/27/22 mpg