Kwinana Courier - - Community DriveWay - Bill Buys

ONE should al­ways read the small print, the ex­perts say.

Sage ad­vice, and it also ap­plies to Infiniti's Q60 sports coupes.

There's one with a 155kW 2.0litre turbo and an­other, called the Red Sport, which has the same looks but packs 3.0litres of twin-turbo V6 un­der its shapely snoot.

The small print is on the bootlid: the let­ter 'S' in red enam­elling. The $88,900 pre­mium sports coupe is a quite dif­fer­ent an­i­mal from the 2.0litre, which is more of a quick tourer than the red hot chilli S.

With 298kW and 475Nm read­ily avail­able – all those New­ton me­tres ap­ply from as low as 1600rpm – the Red Sport is a se­ri­ously fast car. It is right up there with the Teu­ton trio, but at about $20,000 less.

It drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed self­shifter and comes with steer­ing-mounted pad­dles if you de­cide to pick the change points your­self.

It's a very well ap­pointed sport­ster, with stan­dard equip­ment such as au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing with pedes­trian pro­tec­tion, sur­round cam­era sys­tem with mov­ing ob­ject de­tec­tion, ac­tive lane con­trol and blind spot mon­i­tor­ing 19inch al­loys with 245/40 run-flat tyres, huge red calipered brakes, a 13-speaker Bose au­dio sys­tem, leather seat­ing, car­bon­fi­bre trim and ad­justable Dy­namic Dig­i­tal Sus­pen­sion.

There's also adap­tive steer­ing, an elec­tric sun­roof, eight­way ad­justable heated sports seats, a dual-screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, sat­nav with live traf­fic updates, DAB dig­i­tal ra­dio, key­less en­try with push­but­ton start, au­to­matic LED head­lights, and day­time-run­ning lights and fog lights.

Less im­pres­sive was the park­ing brake, a foot-op­er­ated thing that doesn't be­long in a sports car of any kind.

How­ever, fit, fin­ish and de­tail were im­pec­ca­ble. So, what's it like on the road? We got tar­mac rally ace Rob Buys to give it a whirl and here's his ac­count of the Red Mist.

“Pitched on bumpy 'b' roads, the Infiniti Q 60 Red Sport is like a hun­gry leashed an­i­mal ob­serv­ing a field of play­ful rab­bits.

“So in­for­ma­tive is the feel of this beast you dare not to kick a large por­tion of right foot to the floor be­cause ev­ery­thing al­ready feels per­fectly com­fort­able and do­ing so may ruin the last sand­wich de­voured at high tea.

“Se­lect­ing Sport or Sport Plus driv­ing modes opens up the ex­tra two organ pipes.

“A fever­ish rush of au­di­ble men­ace awaits a tappy right toe, then warp fac­tor as the sev­en­speed box strug­gles slightly to keep up with the 298 Killer Wasps un­der the bon­net.

“A whop­ping 475Nm can keep the tail light into third gear and it is a big swal­low to keep that sand­wich down now as palms get sweaty.

“The ride is very firm and full of feed­back un­like many sporty tour­ers these days.

“De­spite the power and torque avail­able, the Q60 Red Sport is sur­pris­ingly fuel-ef­fi­cient at a steady av­er­age speed and the Infiniti flag­ship sport model turned in a very im­pres­sive 7.4litres/100km.

Ver­dict: De­light­ful, and a se­ri­ous con­tender in the pre­mium sports car sec­tor.

Infiniti's fiery high per­for­mance Q60 Red Sport.

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