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New, 2017 Infiniti Q60 is the Q50 Coupe You Wanted

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New, 2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe

Infiniti’s bread-and-butter lineup has grown with the introduction of the new, 2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe, the two-door version of the Q50 sedan.

Unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, the stylish Japanese coupe looks very close to the Q60 Concept that debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. It sits low to the ground and features an intricately-sculpted body highlighted by Infiniti’s trademark grille with a chrome surround.

Other tasteful touches include a thinner, more aggressive lower trapezoidal grille than on the Q50, chrome-accented LED fog lights, a low sloping roofline, pronounced wheel arches filled with 21-inch wheels, a subtle integrated trunk lid ducktail, and large dual exhaust pipes.

The Q60’s interior is nearly identical to that of the Q50 and is said to offer among the lowest noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels in the class, thanks in large part to additional suspension insulation, stiffer cross-members, wheel spokes specifically designed to dampen vibrations, and Active Noise Cancellation technology.

Also available is a 13-speaker Bose sound system and Infiniti’s latest InTuition infotainment system, which packs a quicker processor and provides access to a wider array of functions.

Powering the Q60 is are two versions of Infiniti’s biturbo 3.0-liter V6 engine with two states of tune. The first produces 300 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm) from 1,600 rpm, while the second is rated at 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft. (475 Nm) at the same rpm levels.

Both engines are paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels or, optionally, to all fours via a rear-biased all-wheel drive system.

The Infiniti Q60 made its world debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show and goes on sale in 2006 with a base price of around $40,000. It competes against the likes of the BMW 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, Audi A5 and Cadillac ATS Coupe.

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Next-Gen Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86 Officially Confirmed

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2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition, Black

The redesigned sports cars could ride on Toyota’s TNGA architecture.

Subaru and Toyota have announced that they are deepening their partnership, which will result in a successor to the BRZ and 86 sports cars.

“To deepen their relationship and to strengthen their ties toward advancing to the next stage while respecting the identity of each other’s brand, the two companies have agreed that Toyota will increase its equity stake in Subaru and that Subaru will acquire shares in Toyota,” joint statement stated.

The Japanese automakers did not provide specifics about what they are working on, but rumors suggest the two coupes could be underpinned by Toyota’s TNGA architecture and source power from a variation of the Subaru Ascent’s 2.4-liter engine.

In addition to the next-generation Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86, the partnership will also see the companies team up on all-wheel drive vehicles and more Subaru hybrid vehicles, and cooperate on autonomous driving tech.

Notably, Toyota has grown its ownership stake to a minimum of 20-percent voting rights, with Subaru “foreseen to become an affiliated company of Toyota.”

In related news, Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has hinted that the next-generation 86 will drive better than the new Supra.

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Next-Gen Toyota 86 Will Have Better Handling Than Supra

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2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Green, rear top

A new 86 is coming, and it has the lofty aspiration of driving better than the Supra.

Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has confirmed that a next-generation 86 sports coupe is under development.

Speaking to Australia’s , the engineer noted that the Japanese automaker has put together “a new 86 team” and has an ambitious goal of building a better-handling sports car than the more expensive Supra.

“We have to make a new 86 that surpasses the Supra,” he said. “That is what the customer expects.”

2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Green, side

Toyota has yet to provide any concrete details on the next Toyota 86 and, by extension, its Subaru BRZ twin, but rumors suggest it could be powered by Subaru’s 2.4-liter engine borrowed from the Ascent, perhaps producing around 230 horsepower if naturally aspirated or 260 horses with a turbocharger.

Other reports claim the two sports car will be built on Toyota’s TNGA platform rather Subaru’s new Global Platform, which can’t support a rear-wheel drive model, or possibly even on Mazda’s new rear-wheel drive platform.

What do you hope to see from the second-generation Toyota 86?

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BMW Concept 4 Previews A Massive-Grille 4 Series

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New BMW Concept 4

Its huge grille supposedly “embodies the aesthetic essence” of the BMW brand.

BMW used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut the BMW Concept 4, previewing the “new face” of the 4 Series.

The first thing that will catch your eye is its massive twin-kidney grille, which the German automaker describes as a “confident and classy” new take on the brand’s iconic grille. Look closer and you’ll notice that it is made of several small “number 4s” joined together.

“The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars,” BMW design head Domagoj Dukec stated. “The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.”

The design is said to be inspired by the 3.0 CSi, though the 1970s car had a much smaller grille than any modern BMW. Do you like it?

Massive grille aside, the BMW Concept 4 borrows many styling cues from the 3 Series and 8 Series and features classic sports car proportions. We’ll have to wait and see how all of this translates to the production 4 series.

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