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Entry price:  $39,950

Price as tested: $65,705

This week, we’re behind the wheel of the all-new 2018 Infiniti Q60, arriving in Red Sport Coupe dress with all-wheel-drive mechanicals. Up front I’ll tell you I haven’t been this impressed with a new offering from Infiniti since the days of the Q35 coupe over a decade ago, which is really saying something as Infiniti has produced some pretty fine cars along the way.

However, this new Q60 coupe is different from all the rest, as it delivers what I always felt was lacking in the Infiniti coupes, specifically the “in your face” acceleration and performance that competitor Acura and Lexus delivered long ago with its performance coupes.

The Q60, which starts at just $39,950 for the entry 2.0-liter turbo four and then graduates through eight other turbo-four and twin-turbo six-cylinder models to arrive at the pinnacle, our Red Sport 400 tester. Most impressive at first glance is the beautiful and exclusive Dynamic Sunstone Red exterior paint, a reality confirmed by the many compliments the car received on its color alone. Although an $800 option, this color theme is well worth the money and highly recommended.

It’s under the hood, however, where the secret to Q60 Red Sport 400’s success lies. Awaiting your throttle input sits a twin-turbo performance-bred 3.0-liter V6 that puts out an easy 400 horsepower and 350 lb. ft. of torque. The result is an Infiniti Coupe that goes zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds, which is something I had hoped for when I test drove both the G35 and then the G37 Coupes years ago. It’s been a long wait, but Infiniti has answered the call and then some.

Our tester came with Intelligent AWD underpinnings and a top line entry price of $54,000. The rear-wheel-drive Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe starts at $52,000, so you’re paying $2,000 for the right to travel with AWD capabilities. Both versions come with a fine shifting adaptive-shift seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters and drivers will appreciate Q60s six selectable drive modes of personal, sport plus, sport, standard, economy and snow.

A fellow car enthusiast friend and I gave the Q60 a good test, and whether we pushed it far into a turn or gave it both acceleration and braking tests the Infiniti passed everything we threw at it in flying colors. It’s out on the highway and tight turn country roads where the Q60 Red Sport 400 begs to be driven thanks to a sport tuned fully independent coil over suspension. Q60 is up to any task, and a twisting entry ramp onto a main highway allowed us to see how well the Q60 hugged the curves.

As for fuel mileage, the Q60 in AWD form delivers 19 city and 26 highway while the rear drive model will do you one better at 20 city and 27 highway.

In ending, the 2018 Q60 Infiniti Red Sport 400 is the surprise of the year. It delivers outstanding performance and cloaks its passengers in that special opulence Infiniti is known for. 

Likes: Nicest color I’ve ever seen, overall looks, twin-turbo, comfort and performance.

Dislikes: Small cargo area; cumbersome touch-screen infotainment system.

 

Auto Bits

Three real-world ways
to stop your teen from texting and driving

Distracted driving is something almost everyone complains about and almost nobody takes action to prevent.

Prevent texting by a driver in your vehicle: “Why isn’t there a way to just make smartphones incapable of working inside a car?” There is. It’s called CellControl. The device is wireless, does not require a power source and is very inexpensive. It costs about $130, which, relative to the cost of a smartphone and data plan is peanuts. Amazon sells this product and it gets 4.5 stars from users.

Bribe your kid not to drive distracted: Hey, you! With the kid presently texting and driving, no judging, ok? Different things work with different kids. A study has found that bribes were the most effective way to get kids to quit their phones while driving. 75 percent of respondents said that they would give up their phones for cash. If you don’t trust your kid to stick to the financial agreement see method one above. With that method, you will know if they are complying or not.

Demonstrate proper screen-time habits: While waiting at a light not going to change for 30 seconds we sometimes want to look at that message that just beeped. There are times when we’d like to make a non-emergency phone call while in the car.

— BestRide.com