2018 Infinity Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD

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Most car makers save special features for sports coupes because those cars project the company image. Infiniti’s high-performance coupe is called the Q60 Red Sport 400. 

It certainly looks the part of a flashy sports coupe. From all angles, Q60 Red Sport 400 is a handsome machine. Our review car has the $2,200 carbon fiber package to add more of a performance look.

The interior is more luxury than performance, but quality materials are found throughout. Iinfiniti calls the optional trim Silver Optic Fiber. A basic suite of elecronic driving aids is available with the $2,200 ProASSIST package, but you have to spring another $2,800 to get active lane assist. Twin screens for navigation and other functions is old tech but it works well enough. Standard Bose audio with 13-speakers is great.

One thing that mars an otherwise comfortable interior are the seatbelt holders. They come in unusually high, and the seatbelt has a tendency to rub on your neck. The back seat is accessable enough, but leg room is almost nonexistant.

The trunk fairs much better with a decent amount of room for a sports coupe. Fold the one-piece seat back to extend the cargo hold.

The real jewel of the Q60 Red Sport is the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 400 horsepower. Throttle response is immediate and smooth.

It’s too bad the optional drive-by-wire steering is so lifeless. It likes straight line touring better than curves.

So for the 2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 all-wheel drive, I say thumbs up to a great engine, distinctive styling, and good fit and finish; thumbs down to drive-by-wire steering and uncomfortable front seat belts.

I averaged about 22 miles per gallon. The as-reviewed sticker is $65,795.

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