CARS.COM — We know the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport goes like snot, but what sort of mileage does it return? In a return trip from Detroit for the 2018 North American International Auto Show in January, we found out.
Infiniti's highest performer in the Q60 stable boasts 400 horsepower and 350 pounds-feet of torque courtesy of an uprated twin-turbo V-6, and EPA mileage on our all-wheel-drive test car was 19/26/21 mpg city/highway/combined.
After a lot of highway driving, the EPA rating proved fairly accurate. In 301.2 miles from Motown to Chi-town, the Q60's trip computer read 25.1 mpg — a stone's throw from the coupe's highway figure.
Cold temperatures played against the efficiency, but other conditions helped. Temps along our route ranged from 15 to 24 degrees, according to Weather Underground, but steady tailwinds blew from 8-21 mph. Other notes:
- With two editors and a full trunk of luggage, we drove normally (that is, no hypermiling or acceleration tests), kept the windows and moonroof closed, and avoided cruise control. We filled the car before and during the test with premium fuel, as Infiniti requires, but the Q60's fuel range prevented a roundtrip to the same gas station for pump calculations.
- We kept the drive-mode selector in its normal setting (between various sportier or economy-minded settings) and left the automatic climate control in automatic mode with cabin temperatures between 70 and 75 degrees.
- The trip computer didn't report driving time, but we estimated 4.5 hours at an average speed of 65-70 mph. At a few stops along the way, we incurred some 5-10 minutes of total idling.
It goes without saying that the Red Sport has power to spare, but its 20-inch wheels and low-profile P255/35R20 tires left minimal sidewall to absorb bumps, which are as thick as flies on Midwest highways in January. The adaptive suspension helped little; our entire journey was turbulent.
Much like the G37 coupe that preceded it, the Q60 was never about practicality, but the cramped cabin is low on headroom and storage space — factors that play against long-term comfort. Still, Assistant Managing Editor Jen Burklow found the seats comfortable with adequate legroom and decent driving visibility.
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