I'm sipping my coffee, alternating my gaze from the incomparably beautiful SoCal beach in front of me and the stunning and thought-provoking sea of Infiniti Q60s parked just below where I'm standing. I have a problem: after spending an entire day driving Infiniti's new Q60 Red Sport 400, I struggle to find another car to compare it to, exactly.
On paper, this is a luxury sport coupe that goes head-to-head with the likes of BMW's 440i, Audi's S5, Lexus's RC 350 F-Sport, and every other luxury two-door starting in the $50,000 range and ending in the mid-$60,000s. This is hotly contested turf, and that Infiniti instantly stands out: the Q60 Red Sport 400 values the performance that buyers will periodically appreciate, but never at the cost of the luxury that they'll experience daily.
What is it, exactly? Well, "Red Sport" denotes the addition of beefed up brakes and suspension that have become de rigueur in its class, while 400 is an overt reference to the prodigious power the car wields -- which is significantly more than the supposed competition. Many miles of road pass before I finally solve the Red Sport's riddle: this isn't a sports coupe at heart, but rather a good, old-fashioned grand tourer -- quite unlike the others. And it's a damned good one.