Rare Rides: The Very Exclusive 2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD Neiman Marcus Limited Edition

rare rides the very exclusive 2018 infiniti q60 red sport 400 awd neiman marcus

Today’s excessively titled Rare Ride is one of a select few Infiniti Q60s blessed with a unique set of colors and options, and sold via luxury department store Neiman Marcus.

Hope you like Metallic Mustard.

Those of you who have good memories will know today’s car is not the first Neiman Marcus special edition presented in this series. No, our first was a Lincoln Blackwood edited by the department store and sold to customers for the 2001 holidays as a 2002 model. The store has a long history of special edition cars including a very expensive Cadillac ELR, a subject which I’ve yet to find for sale somewhere.

From what I can tell, TTAC never reported on today’s Rare Ride. Introduced in the fall of 2016, the Neiman Marcus Q60 was limited to just 50 examples and presented in that year’s holiday catalog. Continuing the company’s pricy and exclusive holiday offering tradition first established in 1939, the Q60’s main selling point was its color scheme.

Exclusive Solar Metallic paint was paired with a Gallery White leather interior, for a sort of Seventies New Yorker St. Regis vibe (minus the vinyl). Ideally, the interior matched with one’s velvet jacket and white pant ensemble. Other visuals included standard luggage: an Officine Autodromo (normally they make watches) weekend bag in white leather, and an indoor car cover made of satin and cashmere branded by Neiman Marcus. All the additions were backed by a letter of authenticity which was almost assuredly lost immediately.

All examples were transformations of the top trim Q60, the Red Sport 400 AWD. Powered by the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 shared with the Q50, Red Sport trims upped the power from the standard 300 horses to 400. I’ve driven a Q60 Red Sport (and the Q50 version was my first-ever review) and I can tell you they’re quite potent. Unfortunately, the electric drive-by-wire Direct Adaptive Steering was standard on that trim, and sort of ruined enthusiast driving.

The base price of a Red Sport 400 Q60 that year was $52,205, but customers paid $63,000 for the Neiman Marcus Limited Edition. While that sounds like a rip-off, the fully-optioned nature of the Neiman Marcus meant it was cheaper than if a customer had bought a fully-decked standard version from their local Infiniti dealer. As a feel-good bonus, Neiman Marcus donated $1,000 to their own Heart of Neiman Marcus arts foundation for every Q60 sold.

Today’s exclusive Q60 is for sale right now at Infiniti of Cincinnati. With 40,000 miles it’s priced at $39,900, and there’s no mention of its special edition nature in the listing. Its price does not seem inflated at all when compared to other same trim Q60s for sale.

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  • Tane94 are both eligible for federal tax credits? That's the big $7,500 question.
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  • SCE to AUX It's not really a total re-badge since some of the body parts are unique, and the interiors are quite different.As I mentioned the other day, the Tonale has a terrible name and a dim future.As for the Alfa team - guess what, this is how corporate ownership works. You are part of Stellantis partly because you're not viable as a standalone business, and then your overlords decide what's shared among the products.By the way: That Uconnect infotainment system found in Alfas was originally a Chrysler product... you're welcome.
  • Kurkosdr Someone should tell the Alfa Romeo people that they are a badge owned by a French company now.The main reason PSA bought FiatChrysler is that PSA has the technology to enter the luxury market but customers don't want a French luxury car for psychological/mindshare reasons. FiatChrysler has the opposite problem: they have lots of still-respected brands but not always the technology to make good cars. Not to say that if FCA has a good platform, it won't be used in a PSA car.In other words, if those Alfa Romeo buds think that they will remain a silo with their own bespoke platforms and exclusive sheet metal, they are in for a shock. This is just the start.