By on July 20, 2017

2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

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!

Image: 2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400, image © Corey Lewis

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

2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

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

2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

From almost any angle, the aggression is there.

2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

How can you not like this silhouette?

2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

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

2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

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

2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

The interior layout is exactly the same as the Q50.

2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

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

2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

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

2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

Passenger accommodation up front is reasonable, with good leroom.

Image: 2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400, image © Corey Lewis

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]

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52 Comments on “Picture Time: 2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400...”


  • avatar
    Middle-Aged Miata Man

    Is that a drip rail on the C-pillar?!?!

    I know it’s a character line, but it’s not a real good look on what is otherwise a pretty sharp vehicle, inside and out.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Pics don’t do it justice. These things are stunning in person. Pretty enough to overlook flaws like the weaksauce tires, transmission and peg leg open diff.

  • avatar
    ajla

    How do the two turbo V6 options sound compared to your M35 and the Q70 loaner you had?

    Online sound clips make the new engine note seem very synthetic, but I haven’t experienced it in person.

    • 0 avatar
      Corey Lewis

      You’ve been paying attention! I will reply in a bit, meeting.

    • 0 avatar
      Corey Lewis

      Alright,

      The new VR turbo 3.0 engines are worlds better in NVH than the VQ 35 or 37 ever were. The engine is quiet until you push it, then it makes an OK sound. It’s nothing Italian sounding, but it growls decently. No turbo lag, or turbo noise. Power in the 400 is much more than adequate.

      There’s a performance exhaust option for 2018 if you want more noise. More on that Friday.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Make the V6 standard and drop the price 20K.

    60 grand, Jeebus. MY13 G37 coupe (last year using a non Johann’d name) was 40K for 2WD. We’re entering MY18, so five mys and a sh*ttier motor justify a 33% increase? But yes Mr. Yellen, there’s no inflation.

    http://www.autoblog.com/buy/2013-INFINITI-G37/specs/

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      Wait 2 years then grab one for 1/2 off.

      Keep in mind this car has +60 HP over the previous n/a V6 – so you are getting 400 hp vs 330. It also comes in a 2.0l turbo 4 starting at $38K.

      In general I agree, its over priced… which why we got a used one.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Well, this is the Red Sport model, so it’s the top of the line. The more basic 3.0 turbo V-6 should be plenty stout, and it’s reasonably priced – looks like a bit under $50,000 for the “sport” model with nav, leather and AWD.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        It’s kind of weird that basically no one has a published review of the mid-level 3.0t. everything is for the turbo-4 or the RS400.

        Infiniti does offer a “Signature Edition” on the Q50 that seems like a decent value. It’s about $39K for a RWD 3.0t with navigation, a folding rear seat, and polished 17-inch wheels.

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      28-Cars-Later you are better than this. BASE ’13 G37 coupe was $40,400. BASE Q60 3.0t is $44,300. After inflation that’s an increase of ~$2K- fair given the twin turbos and much needed infotainment upgrade. I would bet the Q60 3.0t is better equipped than the G37 Journey coupe as well.

  • avatar
    deanst

    Herb Tarlek would be impressed.

  • avatar
    TMA1

    That’s certainly some ambitious pricing, and explains why I haven’t seen one on the road yet, despite living in an area packed with cars entry level luxury cars. This thing’s nearly twice what I paid for my Mustang GT.

    That chrome vent behind the wheels, I’m guessing it’s not functional? If so, they need to drop it, because it looks like a “me-too” glued-on Pepboys product, trying to ape the 4-series.

  • avatar
    davefromcalgary

    Cynical rabble.

    Thats all I have. G and EX were awesome. Q and QX lost the plot.

  • avatar
    thx_zetec

    Hideous “gaping maw” grill, check.

    Expensive fragile painted valence panel at front, check.

    Poor visibility, check.

    Small trunklid, check.

    No wonder people are not buying sedans.

    • 0 avatar
      davefromcalgary

      Those are all very excellent points zetec.

      But they also carry over to most new vehicles sold today. CUVs have the same flaws just slightly less so.

      Poor visibility, almost no ground clearance (especially as some are AWD and sell on “utility”) small hatches for the vehicle size, all present and accounted for on most modern CUV I see.

    • 0 avatar
      TheDoctorIsOut

      I have the same concern plus that shallow trunk shape brings to mind a question I’ve not seen discussed, how much is the coupe and sedan based on the original G35 chassis? When I look at the proportions that look remarkably similar between old and new cars, and looking at the greenhouse of the sedan especially I could swear that backlight would fit my 2007 G35 perfectly.

  • avatar
    VW4motion

    Beautiful coupe. Probabaly the only Infiniti made to date that I’d considered purchasing.

  • avatar
    legacygt

    Over the past decade or so, Infiniti has drifted so far off my radar that I barely paid it any attention. It started with the uninspired JX (how they could put that in a showroom next to the FX is beyond me) and then the renaming scheme that still confuses me. Their lineup went from exciting to forgettable in such a short time. But now, whenever I see a Q60 coupe on the road I stare for a second and then think, “is Infiniti back?” I hope so.

  • avatar
    davefromcalgary

    “How can you not like this silhouette?”

    Easy Corey. Stupid rear quarter window shape, way too high beltline.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    Very nice. But I don’t drive cars with “steer by wire”.
    And where is the manual?

    • 0 avatar
      Corey Lewis

      No manual!
      And actually no steer by wire. It’s steer by sensor.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        Dude,
        it is steer by wire because looks like there is a wire that goes from the steering wheel to actuators. I definitely don’t want a car in which computer can steer it to whatever it steers it. CIA probably can turn it into drone in no time.

        I also have practical use of linked steering. In the winter I park in reverse and then I just push my car out of garage not to send emissions into living spaces.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Like this car…a lot.

    Corey, did you get a chance to sample the more basic versions, or was it just the Red Sport?

    • 0 avatar
      Corey Lewis

      Unfortunately, anything they’d let me drive was a Red Sport 400. I got to *look* at a 3.0t Sport Q50.

      • 0 avatar
        30-mile fetch

        Bummer. As the owner of the 3.7 VQ I’d like to hear your impressions of the 300hp version of the new turbo six, since that seems like the equivalent now. In a bazillion years when I can actually consider a new car again, I’ll be revisiting the lightly used entry-level lux sedan segment I considered before, and the 3.0t Q50 will be a prime suspect to investigate.

        Corey, do you know WTH is going on with the website and whether anyone is addressing it? I know staffing and leadership is an issue at the moment, but man…

        • 0 avatar
          Corey Lewis

          Since the 400HP version was much smoother, I’m sure the 300HP is as well – less harsh turbo tuning and all that.

          The VQ37 was only marginally better than the VQ35 I own, and I credit that to the increase in number of speeds in newer models.

          Interestingly, no update to the Q70’s engine offerings in 2018.

        • 0 avatar
          Corey Lewis

          To answer your question, IT is saying they’ll have the login issue fixed soon.

  • avatar
    Joshua Johnson

    Indeed, a strikingly beautiful coupe. I am torn between this and a Jaguar F-Type for my next vehicle. My head says Q60S Red Sport, my heart says F-Type R. Oh well, in the mean time I have my S-Type R to keep my heart happy, and a QX70S 5.0 to keep my head happy.

  • avatar
    Rick T.

    Looks a lot like my commute southwest of town. Those fences cost $1-$2 to spray paint every five years or so. Yikes!

  • avatar
    pb35

    It looks like a G35 coupe that’s been left in the sun too long.

  • avatar
    nrd515

    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.

  • avatar
    jkk6

    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.

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