Engines and gearbox
At launch the Q60 comes with a turbocharged 1991cc four-cylinder petrol engine that puts out 205bhp at 5500rpm and 258lb ft at 1500rpm. This engine returns a claimed 24mpg (US highway) and emits 154g/km of CO2.
Later on, the Q60 will gain a twin-turbocharged 2997cc petrol V6, codenamed VR30, from Infiniti’s VR new-generation powertrain family, available in two states of tune.
The lower-powered unit produces 296bhp at 6400rpm and 295lb ft from 1600-5200rpm. The more powerful derivative serves up 396bhp at 6400rpm and 350lb ft from 1600-5200rpm.
The 296bhp engine returns a claimed 23mpg (US highway) and emits 154g/km of CO2, while the 396bhp variant is capable of 22mpg (US highway) and emits 206g/km of CO2, according to the manufacturer’s calculations.
All engine variants are mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The transmission has adaptive shift control, a system that uses a lateral acceleration sensor to detect changes in the road topography and enhances gear selection patterns according to the conditions.
The Q60 is rear-wheel drive as standard, although a rear-biased all-wheel drive system is also available.
The model also gets the second generation of Infiniti’s controversial Direct Adaptive Steering. The car maker says its electric steer-by-wire system has undergone significant retuning to enhance feel and feedback.
A Drive Mode Selector gives the driver the option to tailor the precise levels of steering response and feel to their personal preference. There are six choices of steering response: Standard, Snow, Eco, Customise, Sport and Sport+, with the latter only available on certain variants.
The Customise steering mode offers drivers a choice of three core modes - Standard, Sport and Sport+ - and then a preferred level of response: Default, Dynamic or Dynamic+.
For the highest level of steering assistance, the driver would choose Sport+ mode with Dynamic+ response.
Sport mode enhances the response of Direct Adaptive Steering, increasing the steering effort required while reducing the required steering movement from lock to lock.
In Sport+, steering effort remains the same as Sport mode but the response of the steering is further increased with an even quicker steering ratio for precise performance.