Picture Time: 2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis

At the 2018 Infiniti Q50 First Drive event in Nashville (expect a full review Friday), I was able to spend a few moments with the top-of-the-line Q60 for 2018 — the Red Sport 400. While I didn’t get enough time behind the wheel to provide you with the sort of detailed and meaningful review you’d like to see, the pictures turned out alright. It’s nice to see a luxury coupe with a (mostly) white interior.

Holy Eldorado!

The optional light up badge comes in the format of the shield you see here.

Paintwork was generally pretty good, though along the rear flanks I noticed some orange peel.

From almost any angle, the aggression is there.

How can you not like this silhouette?

Rear proportions are tight, and panel gaps were good. The (shallow) trunk has a nice, solid sound to the lid closure.

There was already dirt on the door’s gleaming grab handle, courtesy of some grimy journalist.

The interior layout is exactly the same as the Q50.

As a six-footer, I certainly could not sit behind myself.

Sparkly aluminum carbon fiber-look trim is available on the Red Sport.

Passenger accommodation up front is reasonable, with good leroom.

The trunk is more shallow than you’d think, and the aperture is high and rather narrow.

Some fast facts for you:

  • 400 horsepower, 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6
  • Rear-wheel drive (on this one); AWD is $2,000 extra
  • Lighted front badge
  • Frameless windows cause wind noise, even when it’s not an old Subaru
  • With options and rear-drive, about $60,000

I’ll hang around in the comments if you have any specific questions.

[Images © Corey Lewis]

Corey Lewis
Corey Lewis

Interested in lots of cars and their various historical contexts. Started writing articles for TTAC in late 2016, when my first posts were QOTDs. From there I started a few new series like Rare Rides, Buy/Drive/Burn, Abandoned History, and most recently Rare Rides Icons. Operating from a home base in Cincinnati, Ohio, a relative auto journalist dead zone. Many of my articles are prompted by something I'll see on social media that sparks my interest and causes me to research. Finding articles and information from the early days of the internet and beyond that covers the little details lost to time: trim packages, color and wheel choices, interior fabrics. Beyond those, I'm fascinated by automotive industry experiments, both failures and successes. Lately I've taken an interest in AI, and generating "what if" type images for car models long dead. Reincarnating a modern Toyota Paseo, Lincoln Mark IX, or Isuzu Trooper through a text prompt is fun. Fun to post them on Twitter too, and watch people overreact. To that end, the social media I use most is Twitter, @CoreyLewis86. I also contribute pieces for Forbes Wheels and Forbes Home.

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  • Nrd515 Nrd515 on Jul 23, 2017

    Not bad, but I wish the trunk opening was shaped differently so it would be more useful. And at least you can get the interior in black. White, or brown is a total deal killer for me.

  • Jkk6 Jkk6 on Aug 18, 2017

    Corey, Do you recall where the rpm line is at 80mph cruising speeds? I ask because my 06 fx and m with their 5sp transmissions were at a fatuiging 3k rpm.

    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Aug 21, 2017

      I didn't look - but I have that 5-speed growling just like you. Engine RPM noise was not an issue at that speed with the 7AT.

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