2020 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 review: When beauty isn’t enough

What’s cookin’, very good lookin’?

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Looks can only get you so much. The 2020 Infiniti Q60 Red Activity 400 is the motor vehicle version of that adage: Its stunningly attractive exterior is writing checks its general performance and technologies just can not money.

Table of Contents


  • Standout styling that turns heads
  • Tons of power from the three.-liter twin-turbo V6 engine
  • Nicely appointed cabin

You should not Like

  • 1 of the worst computerized transmissions we’ve at any time tested
  • Outdated infotainment technologies
  • Not a good deal of headroom
  • Tremendous-smaller trunk

The Infiniti Q60 is a 4-seat activity coupe obtainable with either rear- or all-wheel generate. All trims (Pure, Luxe and Red Activity 400) get a three.-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, but the decrease trims thrust out just three hundred horsepower and 295 pound-toes of torque. They are respectable figures for guaranteed, but my Red Activity 400 tester packs all-wheel generate and — you guessed it — 400 hp, plus 350 lb-ft.

It can be a several years aged now, but the Q60 is continue to a looker. Curvy and sculptural, it turns heads anywhere it goes. LED headlights give the Q60 a distinctive light-weight signature and I really like the special kink in the C-pillar. My Red Activity 400 gets twenty-inch aluminum-alloy wheels that are tucked up future to the fenders, producing for a tight silhouette. I feel it truly is a single of the most effective-on the lookout cars and trucks on the street now.

My initially trace that the Q60 may not be far more than a rather encounter will come through my commute home from downtown San Francisco. I am just toddling alongside in the Conventional generate method at a middling tempo of 25 to 45 mph. For whatever purpose, this seven-pace computerized transmission just can not handle it, continually upshifting and downshifting like an undecided baby confronted with 31 distinct ice product flavors.

Items get superior on again roads, but only marginally so. Right here, I swap involving the Activity and Activity Furthermore modes for superior managing and a far more intense shift sample. The managing section is great, but it truly is completely overshadowed by unpredictable transmission mapping. In some cases the Q60 downshifts on braking, but other times it waits until finally my ideal foot asks for the power. The transmission often upshifts at the mistaken second, specifically when I am just biding my time to get all-around a flip — I can not be on the gasoline all the time, Infiniti. In some cases I need to have a very little patience by way of a flip, but all this upshifting is just striving my patience.

The inside is mostly great, but the infotainment tech is awful.

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Thankfully, the Red Activity 400 has paddle shifters so you can move by way of the gears on your possess conditions. Although the transmission continue to would not shift as speedily as I would like when using the paddles, this is much far more engaging. There is plenty of sturdy engine noise coming into the cabin, as well — plenty of that I flip down the radio and just revel in the racket.

The steer-by-wire Immediate Adaptive Steering method is absent from my tester, for which I am grateful. I’ve expert DAS on other designs and it leaves me feeling disconnected from the two the motor vehicle and the street. The typical electric powered power steering setup is absolutely nothing to produce home about, either, but you can find a great heft to it, and it presents a little bit far more comments than the extravagant-pants things.

Conventional driver-assistance attributes on the Red Activity 400 are a little bit light-weight, consisting of forward collision warning, crisis braking with pedestrian detection, blind-location checking and backup-collision intervention. Extra highly developed attributes, like total-pace adaptive cruise handle, blind-location intervention and lane-preserving guide, are section of the $2,850 ProAssist Package, which sadly features the aforementioned steer-by-wire “improve.”

On the tech side, the very good news is that Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile are now normal, as is a Wi-Fi hotspot — at least on this Red Activity 400 trim. The Infiniti InTouch infotainment method utilizes two screens: An eight-inch upper screen displays only your smartphone interface or, if not related, the navigation map. The decrease screen is an inch lesser and requires treatment of other functions. I like the two-screen setup listed here, as it truly is great not getting to toggle again and forth involving Apple CarPlay and the indigenous method, but Infiniti’s embedded tech is clunky and undoubtedly displaying its age. An improve is needed tout suite.

In-motor vehicle charging duties are given to a single USB Variety-A and a single Variety-C in the heart console, although 12-volt shops are living in the dash and the heart console. Wi-fi charging is not obtainable and again seat travellers are still left wanting for juice — not that any individual will want to journey again there. Inspite of there getting two cup holders for rear seat travellers, seating is rather cramped thanks to a sloping roof line. Heck, my hair brushes the roof in the front, much too.

Cargo area is in the same way sparse. The trunk has a little 9 cubic toes — far more than a Miata, guaranteed, but much fewer than the fifteen.seven cubes in the BMW four Sequence. Heck, even the Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe and Lexus RC have far more. Interior storage is just as stingy, with only a smaller cubby in the heart stack huge plenty of for your keys that is right behind the gearshift and not very available. There is a little little bit of storage in the doorway pockets, much too, but just about each and every pocket in this motor vehicle is on the smaller side. The inside elements and suit and finish are all great. Nonetheless, the over-all inside structure is rather dated, even with the addition of carbon fiber trim and contrasting stitching all through.

Sadly, this motor vehicle is just not much far more than a rather encounter.

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Nevertheless, the Infiniti Q60 is a handsome motor vehicle and a single that strikes a major pose out on the street. My funds would be on the center Luxe trim, as it starts almost $12,000 decrease than the Red Activity 400, and I can not justify having to pay almost $one hundred twenty for each additional horsepower. I am also sticking with rear-wheel generate considering that I are living in California and never have to offer with snowy temperature. I would incorporate the Version 30 package, commemorating 30 years of Infiniti revenue in the US, to get a several overall look upgrades as well as total-pace adaptive cruise handle, blind-location checking, heated seats and steering wheel, parking sensors and a Wi-Fi hotspot. That provides my full rate up to $50,725 like spot, much under the $65,950 rate of my Red Activity 400 AWD tester.

If you get genuinely nitpicky about the opposition, there are not that many luxury two-doorway activity coupes all-around these times. The BMW four Sequence and Audi S5 the two have far more technologies, superior cabins and offer you outstanding driving dynamics. As a bonus, the two are obtainable as convertibles. Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz C-Course can be AMG-ified with up to 503 horsepower, though it gets mighty pricey up there. If you might be prepared to incorporate two far more doorways the selections open up in a huge way, with the Audi S5 Sportback getting an fantastic illustration.

It can be a disgrace the 2020 Infiniti Q60 Red Activity 400 would not execute at the same level as its appears to be like. But at least it’s going to continue to flip heads.