|Reviewed By||Jim Pickering|
|Price as Tested||$49,575; 330-hp 3.7-liter DOHC 24-valve VVEL V6 engine, 6-speed manual, limited slip differential, sport-tuned suspension, stainless Sport muffler, power sliding moonroof, 12-way driver and 8-way passenger power heated front seats|
Tight steering, good brakes and a rev-happy engine, combined with a real 6-speed manual and RWD. Interior is nicely appointed, and control placement makes sense. Twin oversized exhaust tips emit a nice wail at higher RPMs, but it’s quiet when cruising. A fun package overall.
Rear seats are tiny, and accessing them is not a graceful affair. Driver’s seatbelt goes into hiding in the backseat after flopping the front seat forward, which is a minor irritant. Tiny trunk. Big, heavy doors need to be open all the way for their stops to hold. Wide tires like to grab at ruts in the road. Styling is bland and verging on outdated.
The Q60S sits right on the line between performance and luxury, and it serves both of those masters pretty well. I ran it up to redline often on the long straight blocks that make up Scottsdale, Arizona, just to play that exhaust snarl over and over. $50k isn’t a lot for a luxury coupe with a performance edge, and compared to BMW’s 4-series and Audi’s A5, this is the value standout with more power on tap. A little more curb appeal here would seal the deal for me.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
Mar 09, 2015