The Infiniti Q60 actually began its life as the G37 . But the company decided to adopt a new naming strategy in 2012, dropping its old nomenclature in favor of a new ’Q ’ prefix for its coupes, sedans, and convertibles. That’s how the Q60 came to have its new name. The model is actually offered in both coupe and convertible configurations, offering customers a choice of enjoying the model with the top closed or tucked comfortably near the trunk.
Naturally, new strategies also comes with new expectations. That’s what Infiniti had to overcome with the launch of the 2014 Q60 Convertible. For the most part, Infiniti has a model that can really make a name for itself in an extremely competitive market segment.
The Q60 Convertible still has some work to do if it wants to catch some mainstream love, but the good news is that Infiniti gave it a nice head start.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Infiniti Q60 Convertible.
...certain parts of the car still evoke images of the “old” G37.
There aren’t a lot of styling differences between the coupe and convertible versions of the Q60. The similarities are actually even more striking when the convertible’s special three-piece "clamshell" retractable hardtop is closed. But for what its worth, Infiniti could have done the Q60 a serious favor with a fresh exterior upgrade. We actually expected the company to do exactly that with the name change, but certain parts of the car still evoke images of the “old” G37. Not that it’s an issue or anything, but a name change could’ve been more effective with styling changes to complement it.
In any case, the model is still well-proportioned, which is a good thing for a convertible and its traditionally complicated aesthetics. The flowing front fenders and the wave-like hood are signature Infiniti designs, as is the brand’s signature, 4-bar, double-arch grille design. Subtle chrome accents were also added into the mix, giving the model a more upscale look.
Unfortunately, those L-shaped HID bi-functional xenon headlamps are a little dissappointing. Functionally, they’re incredible. But Infiniti could’ve done the Q60 Convertible a favor by transferring a little more of the Q70 into it. The former is, after all, the middle ground model that’s seen as the best combination of luxury styling and aggressive performance.
The rear section looks a lot better, partly because of the LED taillights that Infiniti describes as incorporating a ‘circle of light’ design, a unique design characteristic for the Q60 line. The chrome rear trunk finisher is another design highlight, integrating a high-mount stoplight and a small camera for rear view monitoring for good measure.
2014 Infiniti Q60 Convertible: Exterior Dimension
|Overall length||183.3 Inches|
|Overall width||72.9 Inches|
|Overall height||55.1 Inches|
|Front track width||60.8 Inches|
|Rear track width||62.8 Inches|
Gallery Infiniti Q60 Convertible
We now move to arguably the most important part of the interior: the double hand-stitched leather-covered steering wheel that comes with standard wheel-mounted audio, cruise controls, and solid magnesium paddle shifters.
Infiniti gets a lot of high marks from us for the quality of the Q60 Convertible’s interior. Simply put, it succeeds in establishing a dual personality that speaks to the sophisticated clientele the company wants to impress.
The configuration is laid out nicely with plenty of space for both the driver and the front passenger. The special sport-styled front seats look like they’re comfortable to sit on, plus they’re available in three colors: Graphite, Wheat or Stone.
Oh, and let’s not forget about the Silk-Obi aluminum interior trim, which the company says was inspired by fine Japanese silk. It’s spread across the instrument panel, on the center console and on the door panels, creating an visually stimulating appearance of class and luxury.
Notice also how the instrument panel is typical Infiniti, complete with the electroluminescent instrumentation and the white illumination color scheme, integrated multi-function information drive computer display, and signature analog clock. Guess old habits die hard when it comes to the instrumentation panel, huh?
We now move to arguably the most important part of the interior: the double hand-stitched leather-covered steering wheel that comes with standard wheel-mounted audio, cruise controls, and solid magnesium paddle shifters. This highly functional steering wheel puts all of the important controls right at the tip of your fingers.
2014 Infiniti Q60 Convertible: Interior Dimension
|Head room (top up)||39.4||34.5|
Infiniti dropped a 3.7-liter V-6 into the car’s engine bay, giving the Q60 Convertible 325 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 267 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm to play with.
The Infiniti Q60 Convertible benefits from a bigger engine than its German rivals, specifically the BMW 4 Series Convertible and the Audi A5 Convertible . This is an important advantage for the Q60 because it can’t win a battle of perception against its German rivals.
To combat its lack of brand cache, Infiniti dropped a 3.7-liter V-6 into the car’s engine bay, giving the Q60 Convertible 325 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 267 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm to play with. These numbers allow the Q60 Convertible to spring from 0 to 60 mph in about 5.7 seconds to go with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
2014 Infiniti Q60 Convertible: Drivetrain Specification
|Type||VQ37VHR DOHC 24-valve|
|Cylinders / configuration||V6|
|Block / head composition||Aluminum / aluminum|
|Displacement (liters / cc)||3.7 liters / 3696cc|
|Horsepower||325 HP @ 7,000 RPM|
|Torque||267 LB-FT @5,200 RPM|
|Bore x stroke (mm)||95.5 x 86.0|
|Compression ratio (:1)||11.0|
|Maximum engine speed||7,500 rpm|
|Induction system||Sequential multi-point fuel injection|
|Valvetrain||4 valves per cylinder|
|Mounts (sides/rear)||2 liquid-filled / 1 liquid-filled|
|Required fuel||Premium unleaded|
|Emissions system||Closed loop feedback system with 3-way catalysts|
|Emission certification level||50 State, LEV2|
|Exhaust||Dual tail tubes with dual chrome finishers|
Having this entire package on the Q60 Convertible will understandably hike the car’s price tag. So it comes as no surprise that the base Q60 has a price of $48,550 while the Q60S Convertible 6MT retails for $53,400.
Those numbers don’t include the added options listed below so if you’re looking to give your Q60 Convertible more shine, expect to add another $3,000 to $5,000 on that price list. That’s taking into account the options you might get for your new convertible sedan.
|Q60S Convertible 6MT||$53,400|
|Interior Accents Package||$600|
|Performance Tire & Wheel Package||$650|
|Rear Wind Deflector||$545|
|Midnight Black Grille||$370|
|Illuminated Kick Plates||$370|
|First Aid Kit||$35|
|Bright Finish Accessory Wheel||$1,900|
The BMW 4 Series is a tricky competitor for the Infiniti Q60 Convertible. We already touched on the model being sprinkled with BMW’s aura but another important fact to remember about the 4 Series Convertible is that it’s a new model.
It was only launched last November so it’s really an ’all-new’ model more than anything else. That’s what the Q60 Convertible has to deal with; the combination of BMW ’s incredible brand prestige and the fact that it’s offering a car that still smells like fresh daisies compared to the Q60 Convertible.
It also has the advantage of having engine variety, something the Q60 Convertible doesn’t have. First, there’s the 2.0-liter cylinder version for the 428i that produces 240 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque, good to hit 60 mph in 6.2 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. Then there’s the 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder for the 435i that develops 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. That added power allows the model to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, two-tenths of a second faster than the Q60 Convertible’s time, with the top speed remaining at 155 mph.
The BMW 428i Convertible comes with a price of $49,675 while the 435i Convertible sells for $55,825.
The Audi A5 Cabriolet is a less heralded model than the 4 Series Convertible, which should play into the hands of the Q60 Convertible. Then again, it’s still an Audi, and like Bimmer, people think more highly of Audis than they do Infinitis.
The 2014 Audi A5 Cabriolet is basically unchanged, but American customers can still choose among the usual Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels. In terms of trim variety, the A5 Cabriolet has the cards against the Q60 Convertible.
Unfortunately, the A5 suffers because it only has one engine available in the U.S.: a middling-by-comparison 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It’s 0-to-60-mph-time of 6.2 seconds remains competitive, but the 130-mph top speed falls short of what the Q60 Convertible is capable of.
The Audi A5 Cabriolet does come with a cheaper base price of $44,500 for the Premium trim of the A5 Cabriolet 2.0T FWD Multitronic version. Those numbers quickly escalate, though, settling in at $55,800 for the Prestige trim of the A5 Cabriolet 2.0T Tiptronic model.
Gallery Audi A5 Cabriolet
You have to give Infiniti credit for doing its homework and preparing the Q60 Convertible to ably take on some of Europe’s finest. The model itself isn’t a masterpiece, but it does employ plenty of unique attributes that should give brands like BMW and Audi something to think about.
Consider the 2014 Q60 Convertible as a renewed opening salvo from Infiniti. Now that it has set the bar on what it can do, we can all expect future models to be even better than this one. That’s the real purpose of the Q60 Convertible in our minds. It gave the company a chance to show what it can do with a convertible and more importantly, standards to maintain moving forward.
- Fancy interior gives it a sophisticated touch
- Powerful engine
- It’s a step in the right "performance" direction for Infiniti
- Exterior could have received more Q70-like upgrades
- Not really a lot of options
- Has to deal with a lot of heavyweight competition
Gallery Infiniti Q60 Convertible
The Infiniti Q60 Convertible, formerly known s the G37 convertible, is one of the most seductive vehicles in its class. Created around the central idea that a luxury performance convertible should look equally inviting with its top up or down – and be equally enjoyable to drive sans roof or not – the Q60 Convertible combines grace and performance with signature Infiniti attention to detail. It is available in three models, Q60 Convertible, Q60S Convertible 6MT and Q60 IPL Convertible, the second model in the Infiniti Performance Line™ (for full details on the Q60 IPL Convertible, please go to infinitinews.com).
Highly Seductive Styling Inside and Out
Based on the popular Infiniti Q60 Coupe, the Q60 Convertible offers a model-exclusive design from the A-pillars back, including a unique body structure and a wider rear track. Its athletic, well-proportioned coupe-like styling, flowing front fenders, wave-like hood, and signature Infiniti double-arch grille offer an uncommon presence that is enhanced when the exclusive three-piece power hardtop retracts with one-button operation securely into the trunk.
With the top up, the Q60 Convertible maintains its Infiniti Q60 Coupe-like silhouette through use of a special three-piece "clamshell" retractable hardtop, which allows for both a stylish shorter rear overhang and a low trunk lid. Signature Infiniti styling cues include L-shaped High-Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights with fog lamps. In the rear, the taillights are unique to the Q60 Convertible, incorporating an inner "circle of light" for added style. The chrome rear trunk finisher incorporates both an integrated high-mount stoplight and the small camera for the standard RearView Monitor system. The Q60S Convertible 6MT includes a unique front fascia/bumper design (also included with the Q60 Convertible with Sport Package). The automatic top opening/closing sequence takes approximately 30 seconds from start to finish. The open/close switch is located on the center console, just behind the transmission shifter lever.
For 2014, the Q60 Convertible is offered in six exterior colors: Malbec Black, Liquid Platinum, Graphite Shadow, Black Obsidian, Moonlight White and new Venetian Ruby.
The Q60 Convertible’s inviting interior design combines sophistication, craftsmanship and thoughtfulness with unique, available systems.
Every element is created to enhance the open-air driving experience, taking into consideration the typical challenges to fully enjoying open-air driving, such as added interior noise and turbulence, added heating and cooling system demand and even the fact that the seating surfaces can get hot in the sun or cool at night.
The driver-oriented cockpit features an Infiniti signature instrument panel design with Infiniti electroluminescent instrumentation with a white illumination color scheme, integrated multi-function information drive computer display and signature analog clock. The double hand-stitched leather-covered steering wheel is designed for maximum comfort and usability, with standard wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. The Q60 Convertible with Sport Package also has solid magnesium paddle shifters for its 7-speed automatic transmission.
Special Silk-Obi aluminum interior trim, inspired by fine Japanese silk, is located across the instrument panel, on the center console and on the door panels. Also available are interior High Gloss Maple Accents. Leather-appointed seating is standard and is offered in three colors – Graphite (black), Wheat and Stone. Heated 8-way power driver/8-way front passenger seats are standard, with Climate-Controlled Seats available as part of the Premium Package models with the automatic transmission.
The Q60S Convertible 6MT includes special sport-styled front seats with manual thigh extension and driver’s power thigh and torso support – along with sport stitching for the front seats and steering wheel, high-grip aluminum pedals and foot rest.A power walk-in device with position memory provides easy access to the 2nd row seats (the front seats move forward automatically at the touch of a button to allow passengers into the rear seats).
The Q60 Convertible’s long list of comfort and convenience features includes standard Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition and an Adaptive Dual Zone Climate Control System air conditioning system that adjusts to provide optimal comfort with the top up or down. Two audio systems are available, starting with a standard 6-speaker AM/FM/CD system with MP3 playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS) and center console-mounted auxiliary input, 7-inch color display and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately).
A second audio system is also offered – a 13-speaker Infiniti Bose® Open Air Sound system with AudioPilot® 2.0 technology that that dynamically changes equalization based on outside noise, vehicle speed, and top position. The system’s special Bose® Front seat Personal Speakers, mounted in the front seat head restraints, enable superior front audio quality regardless of the top position.
Other available Q60 Convertible features include standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and the available Infiniti Navigation System with available NavTraffic and NavWeather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® and Zagat Survey® Restaurant Guide and touch screen.
Enticing Dynamic Performance
Like the Q60 Coupe, the Q60 Convertible’s outstanding dynamic performance credentials start with a combination of its advanced FM platform and award-winning V6 engine. Every 2014 Q60 Convertible comes equipped with a standard 3.7-liter V6 engine with VVEL (for Variable Valve Event and Lift), rated at 325 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. The VVEL system combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake side, helping to improve not only performance and response but also emissions and fuel efficiency (over a non-VVEL system).
The engine is mated to a choice of an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, downshift rev matching, Drive Sport (DS) mode, Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and available solid magnesium paddle shifters; or a responsive, lightweight close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission on the Q60S Convertible 6MT.
The Q60 Convertible’s responsive handling and ride performance is provided by its advanced FM (Front Mid-ship) platform design, which optimizes front/rear weight balance and creates a stable foundation for the 4-wheel independent suspension. The front suspension is an independent double-wishbone design, with a single pivot lower wishbone and a long upper link. The multi-link rear suspension separates the Dual Flow Path® shock absorbers and springs, locating the shock absorber inline with the wheel center. These designs help minimize alignment changes and reduce suspension friction for nimble handling and smooth riding characteristics.
Responsive steering is provided by a vehicle-speed-sensing system, with sport-tuned steering offered with the Q60S Convertible 6MT and Q60 Convertible with Sport Package. Standard on all Q60 Convertibles is Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS). Braking performance is provided by standard 4-wheel vented discs with 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. The Q60 Convertible with Sport Package and Q60S Convertible 6MT are further enhanced with larger ventilated rotors (14.0-inch front/13.8-inch rear) and aluminum four-piston calipers front/two-piston calipers rear, embossed with Infiniti lettering.
Also available is Infiniti’s Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), which assists in maintaining a consistent following distance from the vehicle ahead. Preview Braking identifies sudden braking situations with laser sensors to determine distance and relative speed of the vehicle ahead in the same lane and "pre-pressurizes" the brake system before the driver steps on the brake pedal.
Standard on the Q60 Convertible are 10-spoke 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with Dunlop SP Sport MAXX A1-A 225/50R18 front and 245/45R18 rear all-season tires, while the Q60S Convertible 6MT utilizes special 19-inch cast aluminum-alloy wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE050A high performance tires (225/45R19 front and 245/40R19 rear). The 19-inch wheels and tires are also available on the Q60 Convertible as part of the Sport or Performance Tire & Wheel Packages.
An Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor is standard, along with door-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags, front-seat mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and front seat Active Head Restraints. The rear seat includes fixed head restraints with rear Pop-up Roll Bars. The Q60 Convertible also features reinforced front side members, front pillars and body sills.
Three Well-Equipped Models
The 2014 Infiniti Q60 Convertible is available in three models: Q60 Convertible, Q60S Convertible 6MT and Q60 IPL Convertible. A number of options and packages are also available, including a Premium Package that features the Bose® Open Air Audio Sound System with 13 speakers and AudioPilot® 2.0 technology, and Bose® front seat Personal Speakers, Climate-Controlled seats with heating and cooling functions (non-Sport models), power tilt and telescoping steering wheel and steering column, driver’s seat power lumbar support and Rear Sonar System.
The Sport Package includes split V-spoke 19x8.5-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/45R19 summer performance tires (front), 19x9.0-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 245/40R19 summer performance tires (rear), Sport Brakes with aluminum 4-piston opposed front calipers with 14.0x1.3-inch ventilated discs and 2-piston opposed rear calipers with 13.8x0.8-inch ventilated discs, 14.7:1 sport-tuned steering gear, unique sport front fascia, aluminum pedals and foot rest and solid magnesium paddle shifters.
The Technology Package adds Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Pre-Crash Seat Belts, rain-sensing flat-blade front wipers, and an Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster air purifier. Also available are a Performance Tire & Wheel Package, Navigation Package, and Interior Accent Package with High Gloss Maple accents on the center console, instrument panel and doors.