Infiniti Q60 Convertible to Enter Production in Early 2017, Will Get Performance Version

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Infiniti has previewed its next generation sports coupe at the Detroit Auto Show. We saw it in person and even though interest wasn’t as high as in the new Ford GT, we may be looking at a winner in this segment.
The Q60 Concept is rumored to do two major jobs. One is to take on the BMW 4 Series, the other being to replace the Eau Rouge concept, which reports indicate has been binned due to high cost and lack of interest.

Production the Q50’s 2-door cousin will take place in Japan, and Infiniti officials told us 2016 is when that will happen. A convertible version will follow shortly after that, most likely in early 2017.

We have rendered the Q60 Convertible, adding a few production features like normal wheels and a smaller grille. It should be noticeably better looking than the current G37 Cabrio and much better built.

We’ve also learned that a performance model is also on its way. At least for now, it will not be a true BMW M rival, more an Infiniti equivalent of M Performance or F Spot (from Lexus). They’ve tried this before with the IPL line of cars and with the FX Sebastian Vettel edition, but this time around a much better engine is available.

Nissan has finally developed its own downsized turbo V6, displacing 3 liters. Reports suggest there will be multiple power outputs available including a twin-turbo setup with over 400 which will be used by the Q60. Even the next Nissan GT-R will have it, used in combination with two electric motors.

Of course, this won't be the only sort of powertrain available. At least two 4-cylinder models will be available, one with a disel engine for the Europeans and another with the 211 PS 2-liter from the Mercedes C-Class.

If what we’ve seen in Detroit is any indication, the Q60 will fell much more premium inside than the current model. You’ll see quilted leather seats and a technologically advanced dash with touch controls and two large screens. The company says it will continue to use and develop the drive-by-wire steering system, which is said to offer superior response times.
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