In both World Wars, the Allies used boats that looked like civilian vessels but were heavily armored and heavily armed. The idea was to draw the enemy close enough and then let them have it.
The 2020 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD is similar to that, in automotive form: rare enough not to have developed a reputation as fearsome among the uninitiated and not that different in appearance from other mid-size Asian coupes that are far less powerful.
Under the hood is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 making 400 horsepower and 350 pounds per foot of torque. With a seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, it’s good for a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy estimate is 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway.
That 400 horsepower is a 100-horsepower bump over the standard Q60 coupe. There’s also manual shift mode with downshift rev matching, a dynamic digital independent front and rear suspension, 20-inch aluminum-alloy sport wheels, all-season performance tires, zero-lift aerodynamics, selectable drive modes, fast-ratio electronic power steering and exclusive Red Sport 400 exhaust tips.
If that’s not quite enough, Infiniti is now offering axle-back sport exhaust kits through its parts department.
Even stock, the sound is exhilarating – as is the acceleration and handling. This is a grand tourer that, with the right road and the correct drive-mode setting, has the soul of a race car.
Base price for the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD is $59,150. Among the standard equipment at that price is dual-zone automatic temperature control, semi-aniline leather-appointed seats with contrast stitching, power-sliding tinted glass moonroof, remote engine start and 13-speaker Bose Performance Series audio system.
Our tester also had extra-cost options that included a $310 cargo package, $420 for illuminated kick plates, $465 for welcome lighting, $510 for interior ambient lighting, $2,280 for the carbon-fiber trim package and $1,790 for an upgrade to 20-inch five-spoke dual-finish wheels.
With $1,025 destination charges, the as-tested price comes to $65,950. A week in the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD provided ample justification for the price.
This is a serious performance car that whispers instead of shouts – until it’s too late for the guy who just challenged you to a race.