Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

An Infinite Challenge; Sports Coupe Has Stunning Shape and Gem of an Engine, but Does It Live Up to Its Luxury Rivals?

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

An Infinite Challenge; Sports Coupe Has Stunning Shape and Gem of an Engine, but Does It Live Up to Its Luxury Rivals?

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Byline: Craig Duff

FIVE years ago Nissan tried its hand at revitalising the Infiniti prestige brand in Australia.

It was pitched as a value-for-money rival to the usual suspects - Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz - but it was more likely to be cross-shopped against a Lexus, Jaguar or Volvo.

Infiniti's struggle to make inroads into the prestige sector largely was the result of lacking a genuine go-fast and good-looking "halo" car.

Enter the Q60 Red Sport. This is a visually arresting vehicle with a serious amount of go and a chassis that doesn't mind corner-carving. At $88,900 the Q60 is priced to directly compete with its logical rival, the Lexus RC350.

This prompts the question: are prospective owners ready to pay that money for a brand with little public recognition? It's one thing to drop $90,000 on a prestige car; it's another to have the neighbours sniff at the badge ... and the Q60 Red Sport still doesn't match the ultra-fast luxury coupe rivals.

Design

The Q60's exterior shape is stunning. You don't need to appreciate the fact it takes special stamping processes to crease the metalwork to know you're looking at a stylish vehicle.

Infiniti is quick to point out the designers got what they wanted and the engineers had to work out the means to oblige.

Lithe lines do little for rear seat headroom, however, and taller passengers may find the legroom is tight, too.

By definition, two-door sports coupes aren't designed with practicality in mind - there are less expensive and more capable sedan versions for that - so restricted rear room won't be a deal-breaker.

Standard features are extensive and include leather upholstery with powered and heated front seats, adaptive LED headlamps, 13-speaker Bose audio, 360-degree camera, sunroof, dual-zone climate control air-con, autonomous emergency braking, active blind-spot and lane-departure intervention and 19-inch alloys.

The carbon-fibre inlays are the real deal and the panels fit together with the precision and consistency of Lego bricks.

Less impressive is the dual-screen infotainment display. The resolution differs between the upper and lower sections, lending a less-than-premium feel to an often-used aspect of the interior.

Digital radio and satnav are standard but there's no Android Auto/Apple CarPlay to entertain the technophiles.

Around town

Credit where credit's due ... the Q60 Red Sport is an effortless drive in the CBD. The steering in the default standard mode isn't scalpel-sharp on centre, which helps when dealing with narrow lanes and inattentive drivers.

Docile on a light throttle, the engine is decently reactive when more pressure is applied.

Support from the front sports seats is as good as any pew you'll park the posterior in. They're power assisted, heated and good enough to snooze in. …

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