It’s no secret among women that pink grapefruit-scented cologne can trick others into thinking you’re six years younger than your real age. Some researchers even claim that Calvin Klein’s Eternity perfume can take 12 pounds off a woman’s perceived weight with one spritz.
The 2017 Infiniti Q60, the Japanese automaker’s new flagship coupe, may work some of the same magic.
After putting several hundred miles on it last week, I felt about 10 years younger.
The exterior design, with a couple of well-placed curves and careful touches of chrome, is just perfect and makes the Q60 stand apart from other entry-luxury coupes, especially the Lexus RC with its polarizing drama-queen grille.
If your vehicle is an extension of your body, the Q60 will make you look like you have a pretty impressive exercise regimen that includes yoga, running and aqua aerobics. In other words, toned and sleek.
I drove the high-end Q60 3.0t Premium with the all-new 300-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine and all-wheel drive. My test car came in at breathtaking $57,755, including a $905 shipping charge. Substantially more than a year’s worth of Botox or the average price of a facelift ($7,048, says the American Society of Plastic Surgeons), but an investment that could enhance your image for years to come.
My test Q60 also had $10,550 worth of options. Definitely spring for the $1,000 Direct Adaptive Steering, which took the edge off long commutes, and the $2,250 Driver Assistance Package with a long list of items, including blind-spot warning.
Happily, you can get into a base Q60 with a smaller 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 208 horsepower for $39,855, plus shipping. All versions of the car are equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Add a pink grapefruit car freshener (Yankee Candle makes one) and you’re good to go.