I’ve never personally been a fan of hardtop convertibles, as I believe the lines from the overly complicated mechanical tops ruin the looks of an otherwise stylish car. Sure, they look great with top down but what about with the top up? More often than not, these convertibles also feel sloppy and heavy with the top down, ruining what should otherwise be a fun and engaging driving experience. Fortunately the designers at Infiniti felt the same way I do, and designed the 2014 Infiniti Q60S Convertible to look just as beautiful with the top up as it looks with the top down. Better still, Infiniti engineers managed to make the Q60S Convertible equally fun to drive regardless of what orientation the top is in.

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Infiniti designers worked hard to help the Q60S Convertible keep most of the lines that make the Coupe version an absolute stunner, and avoided giving the Q60S the unsightly humpback that so many hardtop convertibles are plagued with. Though the Q60S looks much like its Coupe sibling, the design is actually specific from the A-pillar rearward, including a wider rear track to accommodate the hardtop mechanism.  To help maintain the structural rigidity, the Q60S Convertible has a redesigned rear suspension as well as floor supports in the transmission tunnel, and plenty of bracing at the parcel shelf and rear wheel wells. As good as they are though, Infiniti engineers aren’t magicians. All this extra bracing, support and folding hardtop mechanism add 450 pounds to the Q60S Convertible over the Coupe version. Ouch.

Fortunately, the Q60S is powered by the stellar Infiniti 3.7-liter V6 engine, which makes 330 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. That’s 100 horsepower more than the standard BMW 3-series convertible, Audi A5 convertible and Lexus IS-C models. All Sport models like our tester are mated to a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching. Despite the significant weight penalty, the Q60S Convertible feels quick with all the available horsepower on tap. Someone looking for all out speed will probably enjoy the Coupe or IPL versions of the Q60 more, but no one will ever complain about a lack of horsepower. Drivers won’t complain about the engine note either, as the Q60S has an absolutely devine exhaust note.

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The hardtop is operated from a switch in the center console, and takes just over 30 seconds for the open or close sequence to finish. The operation feels a bit clunky and the car does shake pretty significantly while the top is operating. Interior materials look and feel fantastic, while the seats are supportive and inviting. Inifinti made some changes to the interior of the convertible to make sure that open-air driving is as Comfortable as it is in the Coupe version. Wind turbulance is minimal with the top down, and a 13-speaker Bose system with speakers in the headrests help keep the tunes blaring. There are both heated and cooled seats to make driving comfortable in all seasons.

With prices starting at $53,400, the Infiniti Q60S Convertible is an absolute bargain compared to the competition. The price includes all the fancy tech and audio options that other manufacturers charge extra for.

Overall, the Infiniti Q60S Convertible is a thoroughly enjoyable vehicle to drive. Despite the platform getting on in years, Infiniti has managed to keep the Q60S Convertible visually fresh, and still allows for an engaging driving experience. I would like to see a faster and smoother hardtop in the next iteration, but that really is a nitpick. Otherwise, the Q60S proved to be a great vehicle to be in, top up or down. If in the market for a convertible, the Infiniti Q60S should definitely be at the top of your list.

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Photos: Infiniti USA

Infiniti provided the vehicle for testing purposes and one tank of gas. 

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