Infiniti Says No to Hardcore Q60, at Least for Now
400 horsepower is the best we’ll see from the Q60 for the foreseeable futureby Robert Moore, on
The Infiniti Q60 initially rolled onto the scene at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show as a concept that looked to be nearly production ready. And, sure enough, it didn’t take long for Infiniti to announce the car we had all been waiting for. Packing a 208-horsepower four-cylinder in entry-level form or as much as 400 horsepower with a 3.0-liter V-6, the Q60 is Infiniti’s halo car of sorts that competes with models like the Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 4-Series. With the range-topping Q60 Red Sport offering so much power, we’ve been hoping that Infiniti would take on the likes of the BMW M4 or Mercedes-AMG C63, but according to Car Advice plans for such a hardcore model don’t even exist at this point.
Car Advice caught up with Infiniti’s Senior Manager of Product Strategy, Gerardo Carmona, and asked him about a more extreme version of the Q60, but he did little more than let them down easy:
“That’s never going to be off the table, because Infiniti is all about performance, in a very sculpted and artisan way. But, unfortunately, it’s not going to come very soon. Everything is up for consideration, and we have a lot of options within the R&D group. Right now we’re focusing on the 400 horsepower and although we currently don’t have any ambition for this car to go and compete with the vehicles you’ve mentioned, as for doing something more, that is something we’re not yet able to disclose.”
With that said, there is at least a little bit of hope there since, you know, “that’s never going to be off the table.” But, it’s important to remember that Infiniti has always been a little more focused on luxury than performance anyway and it’s a small player in the grand scheme of things. The Q60 has the looks, and with the range-topping model pushing 400 ponies, it’s not exactly a slouch either, but how awesome would a 550 horsepower Q60 be?
Keep reading for the rest of the story.
Why it Matters
Infiniti has put in a lot of work to improve its lineup, and the Q60 is one of the best-looking vehicles the subsidiary of Nissan has ever built. It has spent a lot of money over the past few years to revamp its lineup and come up to speed with the likes of BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and even Lexus. At this point, it’s time to sit back and let nature take its course as the masses flock in to get a taste of new Infiniti. There’s no doubt in my mind that Infiniti will eventually step up to the plate and surprise us with a more-powerful model, but it will be a few years. Besides, it already competes pretty well as it sits in most regards.
|Q60 2.0t||Q60 3.0t||Q60 Red Sport||BMW 440i||Mercedes C450 AMG|
|Horsepower||208 HP||300 HP||400 HP||320 HP||362 HP|
|Torque||258 LB-FT||295 LB-FT||350 LB-FT||330 LB-FT||384 LB-FT|
As you can see from the chart above, even the 3.0t isn’t too far off from besting the M440i and the C450 AMG, but stepping up to the Red Sport trim, gives you more horsepower than either. The C450 AMG beats the Red Sport out in torque by 34 pound-feet, but that’s not too much. The killer here is that the Red Sport is $2,800 more that the 440i and $500 more than the C450.
Read our full review on the Infiniti Q60 here.
Source: Car Advice