Rare is the time when one can find an unexpected surprise. Like flipping through Netflix and finding a movie you never heard of and finding out after watching it that it was full of surprises and entertaining. Better yet watching a sequel and discovering it’s better than the original. Such was the experience we had with the Infiniti Q60 recently. Earlier this year we had the chance to live with a 2014 Q60 convertible for a week; we liked, liked it a great deal.
When told we would be getting a year newer model , the 2015 Q60 convertible, we didn’t expect much, after all a little pre-delivery research showed us that there has been no significant changes, the model is due for a refresh in 2016, but for 2015 it’s pretty much business as usual.
Turns out we were wrong.
Yes, our model carried with it many of the same features the 2014 did, but our 2105 came with an extra designation of three letters, IPL. And man what a difference those three little letters make.
IPL stands for Infiniti Performance Line and for us that means we got just a little more than our last Q60. On paper it doesn’t look like much; a few more horses, 343 from 325, and a few feet pounds more torque, 273 from 267, but on the road it turns out it makes a big, big difference. The IPL model, which is a limited production one, includes an array of special performance and luxury upgrades. In addition to the extra horsepower and torque, it adds 19-inch IPL split 7-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with Graphite finish, Sport Brakes, IPL-tuned exhaust and suspension, unique front fascia and side sills and climate-controlled front seats with IPL logo. It’s only offered in two colors, Moonlight White and Malbec Black. We had the black and as before this is one good looking automobile. Some have criticized the fact that there have been no real design upgrades since 2008, but the design still looks modern and sleek. The three-piece hardtop convertible will fool most people and gives the interior less noise than a cloth top convertible.
The interior on the IPL comes in either stone or as we had the IPL-exclusive Monaco Red. The interior also includes red-stitched leather-appointed climate-controlled front sport seats with embroidered IPL logos, red-stitched steering wheel, Silk Obi aluminum trim, IPL embroidered front floor mats, and aluminum trimmed pedals and footrest. Matched with the Malbec Black exterior the inside looks as good as the outside.
There is a bounty of standard features including a 13-speaker Bose Open Air Sound System with AudioPilot 2.0 noise compensation technology and Personal front seat headrest speakers, an Adaptive Dual Zone Climate Control that automatically adjusts fan speed and air volume based on top position, and Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with an air purifier. There is also the Infiniti Navigation System with voice recognition and available NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information, NavWeather with Real-Time Weather and 3-day forecast; streaming audio via Bluetooth and Zagat Survey Restaurant Guide and touch screen, and Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System. In addition there is standard the Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, Remote Keyless Entry system, a power tilt/telescoping steering column with increased travel, illuminated glove compartment and automatic temperature control. Also standard is SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) and Rear Sonar System. By the way, the nice thing is that the IPL comes loaded, so much so that there are no other options even offered.
On the road though is where the IPL really shines though. The tuned exhaust delivers a symphony that will put a smile on the face of any driver. The little bit of extra horsepower really does make a difference especially when the 7-speed automatic is matched as perfectly as ours was. There are titanium paddle shifters that will shift up or down with rev matching and the specially tuned suspension holds the road effortlessly. The sport-tuned steering gear and large 4-wheel sport brakes only add to the fun. There is a fair bit of road bumpiness, but considering that this is sports car it’s actually no better or no worse than any other car in its class. At the end of our week we were struck with just how similar this was to the Boxster we drove last year. It’s not quite there, but close enough that anyone considering a luxury sports car that can deliver precise power and fun with the top up or down, should consider the Q60 IPL. While we liked the first one, we love the sequel even more.
The 2015 Infiniti Q60 IPL convertible
MSRP (as tested): $63, 410
Engine: 3.7 liters V6 343 hp @ 7,400 rpm and 273 FP torque @5,200 rpm
MPG (EPA estimated): City/highway/combined 17/25/20 mpg
MPG (as tested mixed conditions, heavy foot): 18 mpg
Transmission: Electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and Drive Sport (DS) mode. Driver-adaptive learning algorithm senses driving style and adjusts automatic shifting accordingly. Manual shift mode offers sequentially selectable manual gearshifts and Downshift Rev Matching (DRM)
Overall length: 185.3
Overall width: 72.9
Overall height : 55.1
Head room (top up)
4-year/60,000-mile Basic coverage
5-year/50,000-mile Emission Control coverage
6-year/70,000-mile Powertrain coverage
7-year/unlimited-mileage Corrosion coverage
10-year/unlimited-mileage Seat Belt Warranty
4-year/60,000-mile Genuine Infiniti Accessories Basic coverage (when purchased at time of vehicle sale)
2-year/24,000-mile Federal Emission Performance Warranty
4-year/60,000-mile Federal Emission Defect Warranty
8-year/80,000-mile Federal Emission Long Term Defect Warranty
4-year/60,000-mile California Emission Performance and Defect Warranties
7-year/70,000-mile California Emission Long Term Defect Warranty