Caraganza First Drive Review 2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400: You can still call it beautiful

(Infiniti)

(Infiniti)

We’ve come to a somewhat sad time in our society.  It seems that a few bad apples have spoiled the entire bunch. Because no longer can we men call a woman “beautiful”.  Now there was a time when we could do such a thing, tell it like it is, “you look beautiful today”, or “that dress looks great on you”.  And there was a time when women would soak up this attention, perhaps blush, or throw an appreciative smile our way.

Those days it seems are over.

Thanks to a few men who went a bit too far, put hands where they shouldn’t or said things considered inappropriate, the entire male gender has been ostracized, banished to a silent corner to hide our heads in shame.

That’s not to say that some of that isn’t justified, it is.  Those men who committed the grievous errors that made the female species uncomfortable, or worse, deserve everything they’ve gotten, or will get.

The rest of us however are now terrified.  Afraid to whisper even the smallest amount of ammunition that could be fired back at us.

So, no longer do we feel comfortable complimenting a woman. No more, “you look beautiful today”.

Thank goodness we have no problem calling cars “beautiful.”

Cars are a lot like people. Different sizes, lines, colors and styles. While all serve pretty much the same purpose, some look much better doing so than others.

The Infiniti Q60 is such a thing.  It’s a beautiful coupe with perfectly flowing lines and plumped fenders; all giving it an athletic stance.  But, it’s a cheetah that can back up those athletic looks when unleashed.

(Infiniti)

(Infiniti)

Infiniti had sent me a 2017 Q60 last year (the two-door version of a Q50), and recently followed that up with the 2018 model.  After debuting a new design last year, for 2018, the Red Sport 400 (my tester for the week) now has 20-inch wheels.  And for 2018 there’s 19-inch wheels on the 3.0t Sport along with a new exterior color.  The trim variants are new as well; Pure, Luxe, Sport, and Red Sport replacing the 2.0t, 2.0t Premium, 3.0t Premium, and 3.0t Silver Sport. The Red Sport 400 is still the Red Sport 400.

Beyond that there have been no changes for 2018. And that’s a very good thing. Because as it was last year, the 2018 Q60 is a very beautiful car.

As in 2017, I had the Red Sport 400, clad in of course, red.  Still there is that wider, lower stance with a double-arch grille, crescent-shaped C-pillars and lines that make it look fast even sitting still.

And I can still, and will, call it “beautiful”.

The top of the line Red Sport 400 gets the largest engine, a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo rated at 400 horsepower (other engines are a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo rated at 208 horsepower; and 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo rated at 300 horsepower). A 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) delivers the power to the pavement.

In addition to all the features found in the top tier including keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats and Infiniti’s unique duel touchscreen control with an 8-inch upper, and 7-inch lower screens, the Red Sport gets adaptive suspension and full leather upholstery wrapping those sport seats; enough to make a vegan uncomfortable.

The Red Sport also has sunroof, satellite radio, a rearview camera and my tester had the optional 360-degree camera view, blind spot monitoring with forward collision warning and automatic reverse braking, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

It is beautiful on the road and sitting still.  It may not get as much love as the 4 Series or the RC or A5/SS, but it deserves it.

It also deserves to be called what it is; and that is far more beautiful than those it competes with.

The days may be gone when we can heap compliments on the females of our species, but we can still call our cars beautiful, at least for now.

The 2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400
MSRP: $52,000
MSRP (as tested): $63,705
Engine: 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6; 400 hp @ 6400rpm, 350 lb-ft torque@ 1600rpm
Transmission: 7-speed shiftable automatic w/OD
Fuel Mileage (EPA):  20 city, 27 hwy, 22 combined
Fuel Mileage (as tested, mixed conditions): 23mpg
Base Curb Weight     3862

Interior Dimensions (In)
Passenger Capacity:    4 adults
Passenger Volume:    84.6
Front Head Room:    37.4
Front Leg Room:    43.1
Front Shoulder Room:     54.6
Front Hip Room:     53.9
Second Head Room:     34.5
Second Leg Room:     32.4
Second Shoulder Room:     52
Second Hip Room:     47.9

Exterior Dimensions (In)
Wheelbase:    112.2
Length, Overall:     184.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors:     72.8
Height, Overall:     54.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume:     12.1 cu-ft

Warranty
Basic: 4 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain: 6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion: 7 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance: 4 Years/Unlimited Miles

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.

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