2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe 2.0T

The resurrection of the G35!

"Romantic metaphors are properly fitting for such a stylish coupe," said Issam.

Cinematic seduction - gallant, exceptional and outstanding from every angle."

"Alluringly draws the attention of other cars passing by, no matter where you go."

Almost a year and a half ago at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, I had the opportunity to meet up with Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti's executive design director, to speak about this new elegant coupe. At that time he confirmed to me that he wanted to apply the design cues of the Q50 Eau Rouge on the Q60 Coupe. What really caught my attention is when Alfonso Albaisa said: "The final design of the Q60 Coupe came from the design studio in Japan. The designer is Japanese and is young-mind-oriented. He used to be a nightclub owner."

Today I'm behind the wheel of the Infiniti Q60 Coupe 2.0T! I picked up my test car from RYMCO, official distributor of Infiniti in Lebanon. The base car gets a 208 horsepower, 350 Nm, turbocharged 2.0-liter four (sourced from Mercedes-Benz).

What is the Q60 Coupe?
It's been two years since the Infiniti Q50 sedan arrived on the scene, and now the four-door has got a two-door sibling. The 2017 Infiniti Q60 is the replacement for the G37 Coupe and originally the G35 that we all loved!

Driving impressions
So far the exterior is appealing. When I jumped into the cabin I was immediately welcomed by the magnificent and comfortable sport seats. As I looked around I saw dual screens and a well-crafted interior. (That's something Infiniti was putting its efforts into.)

When it comes to the driving experience, I wasn't really amazed by the acceleration of the 2.0T engine, which is also available on the Q30S and other Mercedes variants such as the A-Class, GLA, CLA, GLC Coupe. But if you look at the numbers, the Q60 2.0T accelerates from zero-to-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds. If you pay close attention to the German rivals offering the same engine variant, they top out at 100 km/h in 6 seconds! Basically the 2.0T is an engine where you can roam around the city and mountains at ease; but don't expect that you will be going sideways nor will you be unable to control the car. Other engine variants are also offered such as the 300 horsepower and 400 horsepower V6. The 300 horsepower is strictly for North American markets. But the 3.0 turbocharged V6, 400 horsepower is coming to our market. Other than that, the Q60 Coupe 2.0T is pretty smooth to drive on our bumpy Lebanese roads.

I personally didn't like the notion of dual-screen, as it is confusing somehow. When you own it, you might need a couple of weeks to familiarize yourself with it.

Verdict
To all previous G-model owners, here is the time for a change. The 2017 Infiniti Q60 gives luxury coupe customers a new model to consider. Infiniti has been known recently for crafting brilliant vehicles that are eye-catching and perform well on the roads. For extra bucks you can always upgrade to the V6 that delivers 400 horsepower!

Rivals: BMW 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, Audi A5, Cadillac ATS Coupe, Lexus RC, Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang
Pros: Price tag versus its look, comfortable sporty front seats, lots of standard features for the money, smooth driving
Cons: Rear headroom, rear legroom, dual-screen tech interface is distracting to use
one word: quirky
4 stars

Specs
2.0L turbocharged, 208 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 350 Nm @ 1,200-4,000 rpm
7-speed auto with manual shifting mode, RWD
0-100 km/h: 7.3 sec, top speed: 235 km/h, fuel consumption: 9.3 L/100 km
Weight: 1,683 kg

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