At first blush, the racy INFINITI Q60 looks like it should be carving corners and eating apexes with the nonchalance of a professional athlete playing T-ball. However, the Q60's athleticism isn't quite that impressive; it's more of a powerful cruiser rather than any Corvette slayer.
This is especially true of the base models. The Pure and Luxe both get their motivation via a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that makes 208 hp and 358 pound-feet of torque, and is hooked up to a seven-speed automatic transmission. It's a combo tasked to move 3,700 pounds, so zero-to-60 times fall right around seven seconds – not exactly an automotive Flash. But despite not being the fastest coupe in town, this powertrain will more than suffice for those looking for style over performance.
For those who want a little more bite to go with the Q60's bark, there's the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that's optional in the Luxe and standard in the Sport and Red Sport. In Luxe and Sport, this six makes 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque; in Red Sport, horsepower hits the 400 mark while torque jumps to 350 lb-ft.
Needless to say, the V6 changes the character of the Q60, making it less a stylish conveyance and more of an actual performance coupe. The Red Sport does add adaptive suspension and a double-wishbone front suspension to its list of tricks, but it still falls well short of track rats like the BMW M3 or Cadillac ATS-V. Instead, consider the Red Sport something like Cadillac's V-Sport line or BMW's M-Sport; it's not quite a full-fledged brute but instead balances roadability with livability.
Our biggest gripe with the Q60 is the available drive-by-wire steering, or DAS in INFINITI-speak. Essentially, it's a system that bypasses a traditional mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the steering components. Instead, it uses electronics and sensors to translate a driver's steering input into turning motion. Though this setup has been around for a few years, it still feels half-baked, with the occasional quirky motion and a penchant for giving off unnaturally artificial feedback in any setting less aggressive than Sport+ mode. Unless you want the extra features included in the package that DAS is bundled with, we'd recommend sticking with the base steering system.