2019 Infiniti Q60 RED SPORT 400

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2019 MODEL
$55,000 - $57,000 See Inventory Prices

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Making a performance coupe with 400 horsepower and stylish looks might still be an easy task to pull off on paper but certainly not something everyone can get right. The 2019 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 is Infiniti's attempt to get into a segment that is dominated by established players and while the Q60 Red Sport is good on paper, real world performance is to be seen.

The 2019 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport is powered by a 3.0L, twin turbocharged, V6 engine which produces 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Priced at $54,900, it is quite premium and invites competition from rather premium competitors as well.

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Pros

Powerful turbocharged V6 engine

Very gorgeous looks

Good ride quality and body control

Cons

Steering lacks feel

Gearbox is slow to respond

Dual-screen infotainment system not convenient to use

What's New?

No major changes



Styles

 2019 Infiniti Q60 RED SPORT 400 in Black Obsidian color  2019 Infiniti Q60 RED SPORT 400 in Dynamic Sunstone Red color  2019 Infiniti Q60 RED SPORT 400 in Graphite Shadow color  2019 Infiniti Q60 RED SPORT 400 in Hagane Blue color  2019 Infiniti Q60 RED SPORT 400 in Iridium Blue color  2019 Infiniti Q60 RED SPORT 400 in Liquid Platinum color
Black Obsidian

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Infiniti Q60 RED SPORT 400 base

base

power
400 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
22 combined

$55,000 - $57,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7A) Starting at $55,000 MSRP (20 mpg/22/27 mpg) 400 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
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7-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4
2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7A) Starting at $57,000 MSRP (19 mpg/21/26 mpg) 400 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
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7-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 4

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2017 Infiniti Q50 RED SPORT 400 Sedan
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2018 Infiniti Q60
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2017 Infiniti Q60 RED SPORT 400 Coupe
8.2/10

Engine: 400 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3 L V6

MPG: 22 combined


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial March 13, 2019

Taking on the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport are the Porsche Cayman, the Dodge Challenger and the Chevrolet Corvette. All cars are priced around the same price margin but come with varying levels of performance. Let's see how the Q60 Red Sport fares against these sport coupes in its segments.

2019 Infiniti Q60 RED SPORT 400 Features

 

Trim

Red Sport 400

Red Sport 400 AWD

MSRP

$54,900

$56,900

Key Features

400-hp 3.0 liter V6 twin-turbo engine

Includes all Q60 RED SPORT 400 standard features plus:

 

7-speed automatic transmission

INFINITI Intelligent All-Wheel Drive

 

Unique dual exhaust tips with brushed satin finish

P255/35R20 all-season performance tires

 

Red painted sport brake calipers

 
 

Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control

 
 

LED headlights and taillights

 
 

Dual power outside mirrors

 
 

Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection

 
 

Predictive Forward Collision Warning

 
 

Power sliding moonroof

 
 

Bose with 13-Speaker Performance Series Audio

 
 

Semi-aniline leather-appointed seating

 

The Q60 Red Sport is the top trim in the Q60 range. The Q60 also has two lower trims which are powered by the same 3.0L, turbocharged, V6 engine but in a lower state of tune to produce 300 horsepower. The Red Sport trim gets 400 horsepower from the same engine, bigger brakes, adaptive suspension – all of which comes together to make the Q60 Red Sport a very different car. The Q60 Red Sport is available in two variants – rear wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

We’d Recommend

We’d recommend you the all-wheel drive version simply for the bucket loads of grip you find from the system. The all-wheel drive is rear biased for the enthusiast in you and its only $2000 more expensive than the rear wheel drive variant and is absolutely worth it.

2019 Infiniti Q60 RED SPORT 400 Engine

“Not helping its cause is the VR engine’s general lack of charisma, plus its gruffness at high revs. Toggling the driving-mode selector to Sport or Sport Plus adds some life to the powertrain and brings rev-matched downshifts during aggressive driving, but the athleticism displayed here can be likened more to a weightlifter than a ballroom dancer.” – Car and Driver

Models

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

Dodge Challenger R/T ScatPack coupe

Porsche 718 Cayman coupe

MSRP

$56,590

$54,900

$41,390

$56,900

Engine

6.2L, V8

3.0L, Twin Turbo, V6

6.4L V8

2.0L, Twin Turbo Inline-4

Transmission

7 Speed manual

7 Speed automatic

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

Horsepower

455 hp@ 6000rpm

400 hp@ 6400rpm

485 hp@ 6100rpm

300 hp@ 6500rpm

Torque

460 ft-lbs@ 4600rpm

350 ft-lbs@ 1600rpm

475 ft-lbs@ 4100rpm

280 ft-lbs

The 3.0L, twin turbocharged, v6 engine produces 400 hp @ 6,400 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque from just 1,600 rpm, 100 hp and 50 lb-ft more than the standard Q60. The engine has to be one of the highlights of the car. It’s a free revving, responsive motor that delivers power right at the tap on the throttle pedal. Push hard and you are greeted with a surge of power pushing you back on your seat like you wouldn’t believe from an Infiniti. The engine sounds pretty good too.

The engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission but the transmission is really not that great. When using the paddles to change gears, it is quite slow to react which is quite disappointing. Its best left in the auto mode where it does a pretty decent job. The transmission was already slow in the standard Q60 and has been carried unchanged from there. With the bump in performance, the short comings of the gearbox are all the more evident.

The Q60 Red Sport competes against quite some good machines. The Porsche 718 Cayman, the Chevrolet Corvettte Stingray and the Dodge Challenger ScatPack pit against Q60 Red Sport. Very different on paper each of these cars maybe but priced around the bracket and as sports coupes, it would be an interesting to pick one amongst these diverse cars.

Acceleration

Models

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

Dodge Challenger R/T ScatPack coupe

Porsche 718 Cayman coupe

0-60 MPH

3.7 sec

4.5 sec

3.8 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter mile

11.2

13.3 sec

11.7 sec

11.3 sec

Engine

6.2L V8

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo

6.4L V8

2.0L Twin Turbo I4

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.3

8.0

10.3

N/A

 

The Q50 is not the fastest coupe in the competition. It takes 4.5 seconds to sprint to 60 mph which is pretty respectable for the Q60 and in the segment. The Americans win the 60 mph sprint with sheer horsepower with the Chevy and the Dodge talking 3.7 seconds and 3.8 seconds respectively. The Porsche comes last at 4.9 seconds. Still, the Q60 is fast enough to shove you back on your seat as you pin the throttle and it sounds amazing while doing that.

Braking

Model

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

Dodge Challenger R/T ScatPack coupe

Porsche 718 Cayman coupe

Brake Front (in.)

13.3

14

14.2

11.8

Brake Rear (in.)

12.6

13.8

13.8

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3298

3882

4234

2944

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

163 (70-0)

108

146 (70-0)

 

There are bigger brakes in the Red Sport with 14/13.8 inches discs in the front and rear respectively. The brakes are pretty good and they provide good stopping power. The Q60 Red Sport takes 163 ft to come to a stop from 70 mph which though not the best, is again pretty respectable in the segment. The car remains stable and holds its composure under hard braking as well.

Ride and Handling

The Q60 red sport has a pretty good ride quality for what it is. In its comfort mode, the suspension is soft and supple and soaks up undulations really well. The cabin is quite and pleasant even when cruising at higher speeds. Road noise and wind noise also seem to be well insulated. Not quite perfect but still pretty good.

Dial up the notches to the Sports+ mode and the suspension gets firmer but not to the point that it gets harsh. It does not lean around in corners and maintains its balance quite well indeed. Shuffling between the drive modes brings about quite some change in the car’s character, most noticeable being the throttle response which goes from quite lazy in normal mode to aggressive and adequately responsive in the Sports+ mode.

However, what’s disappointing is the steering in the Q60 which lets the entire experience quite down indeed. The Q60 uses a drive by wire steering system and there is absolutely no connection with the wheels. The system feels very artificial and at no point do you know where your wheels are it allows no feedback at all. The car will still go where you point it to but it feels weird and would take some time getting used to.

2019 Infiniti Q60 RED SPORT 400 Fuel Economy

Model

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

Dodge Challenger R/T ScatPack coupe

Porsche 718 Cayman coupe

MPG (city)

16

20

14

21

MPG (highway)

25

27

23

28

MPG (combined)

19

22

17

24

Tank Capacity (gal)

18.5

20.0

18.5

14.2

The Q60 Red Sport is not particularly economical as it returns 22 miles to the gallon combined which is quite average in the segment. Being a sports car, one should not expect it to be economical either. The Porsche with its four cylinder engine has the best fuel economy of 24 miles to the gallon combined.

2019 Infiniti Q60 RED SPORT 400 Interior

“To Infiniti’s credit, the Red Sport’s stitched-leather seats are quite good, with body-friendly forms and soft, semi-aniline hides. Optional “Silver Optic” carbon-fiber interior trim is a bit sparkly-Barbie for me, but some of my passengers really liked it.” – The Drive

Design

While it looks gorgeous on the outside, the inside does not have the same story. While the design and layout of the interiors are quite pleasing, the dual screen setup is really not cool. Automobile manufacturers should understand that a screen for all operations in a vehicle is not convenient at all. Operating the screens requires you to take your eyes off the road while you are driving and the screen itself is not very responsive to touch. There is noticeable lag there.

The upper screen is the navigation and media screen while the lower one controls the climate controls and various other vehicle functions. The upper screen is flanked by the AC vents on both sides and the lower one has a stack of physical buttons on either side. The console then has a sweeping flow down the center to house the gear lever and the infotainment controls.

The rest of the cabin is quite pleasing though and has been put together quite aesthetically. Quality of materials are really nice and fit and finish is good too. There is a nice glossy carbon fiber like trim on the doors and dashboard which looks quite cool. The instrument cluster has two analog dials with a small screen in between them. The Q60 has screens at the wrong places it seems.

Seating and Comfort

Model

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

Dodge Challenger R/T ScatPack coupe

Porsche 718 Cayman coupe

Passenger capacity

2

4

5

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.9/55.2/43.0

37.4/54.6/43.1

39.3/58.5/42.0

N/A

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

34.5/52.0/32.4

37.1/53.9/33.1

-

 

The Q60 is quite comfortable on the inside. They seats are very well contoured, dressed in leather and they are very comfortable to sit on. The cabin is quite and refined and it’s a very nice place to spend long hours in. The rear seats, though not the most generous, can still take adults for shorter drives and they wouldn’t be complaining much.

Infotainment System

The Dual screen setup is the only sore thing about this car. The graphics on the upper media screen is not so great and the system is really slow to respond to touch inputs. It can also be controlled via a rotary dial on the center console and it’s better to use it that way. Overall, the system feels last generation.

The lower screen which looks after climate controls, and various other vehicle settings is very distracting to use while driving and this too, is quite slow to react to inputs. The graphics are somewhat better and they are a few shortcut buttons stacked on either side of the screen. We are not much fan of this system and we would have really liked some simpler physical buttons and dials.

Interior Features

  • 8-way Power Front Seats (slide, recline, lift, thigh support)
  • Semi-Aniline Leather-Appointed Seating Surfaces
  • Paddle shifter (Steering wheel mounted)
  • Aluminum-accented pedals and footrest
  • Leather Wrapped 3-Spoke Heated Steering Wheel
  • Power tilt and telescope steering wheel with memory
  • Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition
  • INFINITI InTouch dual display system, with upper 8" and lower 7" VGA LCD touch screens
  • Navigation with Lane Guidance and 3D building graphics
  • Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control System
  • Cruise Control with Steering Wheel Switches
  • Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD)
  • Voice recognition for audio, Bluetooth, and vehicle information, including music search by voice
  • BOSE Centerpoint simulated surround sound system

Cargo Capacity

Model

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

Dodge Challenger R/T ScatPack coupe

Porsche 718 Cayman coupe

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

15.0

8.7

16.2

15.0

 

The Infiniti Q60 has the smallest boot in the segment at just 8.7 cu.ft of space. The other coupes have almost double the cargo capacity of the Q60. Still, it will pack in a couple of medium sized bags and a little ore maybe. It will pack more than what it seems it can pack at least.

2019 Infiniti Q60 RED SPORT 400 Exterior

“Infiniti penned an elegant shape for its iconic coupe and it’s even more eye-catching in person. That could be the plentiful chrome (or perhaps the philtrum on its nose, but not in a good way) but either way, we say the 2019 Q60 looks better than good—it looks great.” – The Car Connection

Design

The Q60 Red Sport is a very good looking car indeed and it has very good proportions of a sports coupe. The front fascia is dominated by the large quadrangle Infiniti grille with kinks near the headlamps. The headlamps themselves are very stylish with very cool LED DRLs. The front bumper is quite aggressive with cuts and creases and also houses the fog lamps with a chrome garnish around them.

When looked at from the side, one can see the beautiful proportions of the car with a nice silhouette. The sides are primarily dominated by sweeping curves and creases to make for some muscular rear haunches. There’s an air scoop just behind the front wheels and the large 20 inch wheels looks stunning. However, the window line has a rather awkward kink in the rear quarter which for some is the only fly in the ointment.

The rear quarter is perhaps the most attractive angle of the car. The sloping roofline comes down to make a tiny boot spoiler and the LED tail lamps are very sleek and smart. It certainly looks like it belongs to a much premium car. A curvy posterior and a few more cuts in the bumper finished off with a mild diffuser and twin exhaust pipes complete the look for the Q60 Red Sport. The detailing on the exhaust pipes are also really impressive.

Exterior dimensions

Model

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

Dodge Challenger R/T ScatPack coupe

Porsche 718 Cayman coupe

Curb weight (lbs.)

3298

3882

4234

2944

Length(in)

176.9

184.4

197.9

172.4

Width(in)

73.9

72.8

75.7

78.5

Height(in)

48.8

54.5

57.5

51.0

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

4.9

5.2

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

106.7

112.2

116.2

97.4

Track width (in) F/R

63/61.7

61.2/61.8

63.4/63.8

59.6/60.3

 

The Q60 Red Sport follows the Dodge Challenger in every dimension. It is the heaviest after the Dodge, longest and tallest after the Dodge, and has maximum wheelbase after the Dodge too. It is however the narrowest car in the competition here. It is fairly large car as a sports coupe but it does that with great proportions and style.

Exterior Features

  • 20" 255/35R20 non-runflat all-season performance aluminum alloy sport wheels
  • Power sliding/tilting moonroof
  • Power Memory Heated Outside Mirrors with Integrated LED Turn Signal and Reverse Link
  • Automatic On/Off LED Headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED Fog Lights, Front Turn Signals & Rear Brake Lights
  • Welcome Lighting on Front Door Handles
  • Chrome INFINITI Double-Arch Signature Grille
  • Variable Intermittent, Speed Sensitive, Flat Blade Windshield Wipers with Mist-Function
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Welcome lights on FR exterior door handles
  • Stainless Steel Axle-Back Performance Exhaust
  • Red painted brake calipers (Front and Rear)

2019 Infiniti Q60 RED SPORT 400 Safety

Neither NHTSA nor IIHS has tested the 2019 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport and we cannot offer you their ratings yet. However, by the list of standard safety features in the Red Sport, we can tell you that it’s a pretty safe vehicle. Apart from standard airbags, the car comes with a lot of active safety features such as Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Departure Prevention with Active Lane Control. In fact, the list of safety features in the Red Sport make it one of the best in the segment terms of safety.

  • Front Seat-Mounted Side-Impact Supplemental Air Bags
  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control  with Traction Control System
  • Tire Specific Pressure Monitoring System
  • Vehicle Security System
  • INFINITI Vehicle Immobilizer System
  • Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Predictive Forward Collision Warning
  • Front & Rear Parking Sensors
  • Blind-Spot Warning
  • Blind-Spot Intervention
  • Back Collision Intervention with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Departure Prevention with Active Lane Control
  • Distance Control Assist

2019 Infiniti Q60 RED SPORT 400 Competition

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 vs Porsche 718 Cayman

The Porsche 718 Cayman is the benchmark in this sports coupe category and it really is a wonderful car. Yes it lacks a 100 horses and it’s also slower to 60 mph than the Red Sport. However lesser numbers are necessarily not a bad thing and it compensates that with superb handling. There is no beating a Porsche when it comes to dynamics. Also being a Porsche, the interiors and quality and looks of the car are absolutely unmatched by the Red Sport. It’s just a little more expensive than the Red Sport and it’s absolutely worth it. The 718 is undoubtedly the better car among the two.

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 vs Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

The Corvette is one of the classiest American muscle cars and it has got better with time. The V8 engine is amazing, it’s more powerful, it’s the quickest car here, it handles well and it rides fairly well enough for a sports car. The interiors are very driver centric and certainly much more usable than the Red Sport. While looks may be subjective and for some the Corvette maybe a good looking car, the Red Sport is without question the better looking car. Otherwise, the Corvette seems to do everything better than the Q60 Red Sport at just around $2,000 more. You get much more a car for just a little more money and hence is our pick of the two.

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 vs Dodge Challenger R/T ScatPack coupe

The Dodge Challenger Scatpack is a pretty one-dimensional car. It’s meant to take on the drag strip. It has the most powerful engine, it is very fast, and there is no beating it in a drag race. However, it’s certainly not meant to take on twisty roads as there is noticeable body roll around corners if you push it hard. It’s certainly not your daily driver. It still looks amazing with all its muscle and the interiors are quite nice too. The biggest point about the Dodge is that it’s more than $10,000 cheaper than the Infiniti. If you intend to use it as it’s meant to be used, it’s a good buy then but for everything else the Infiniti is the better buy.

2019 Infiniti Q60 RED SPORT 400 Final Verdict

The Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 is a pretty good car for what it intends to be. Yes, it’s not the most perfect car but it still gets quite a lot of things right. It looks great, has a good engine that makes the right noises and also has the right balance between ride comfort and body control.

The gearbox is not all that great and look past the dual screens and then the interiors seems quite good indeed. However, we would have liked if this car way a little cheaper. At this price, there are other premium cars which do what this Q60 Red Sport does and even more. It’s still a fair option to consider in you are shopping sporty coupes.