The Infinti Q60 coupe has been officially launched in Malaysia, a little after it was first spotted roaming around here back in April. Serving as a replacement for the previous G35 and G37, the Q60 is offered in a sole variant that comes fully-imported (CBU) from Japan.

That variant is priced at RM308,800 (on-the-road, without insurance) and comes with a seven-year/unlimited mileage warranty. There will be five exterior colours to choose from – Majestic White, Graphite Shadow, Iridium Blue, Midnight Black and Dynamic Sunstone Red. Those interested can sign up for a test drive beginning from May 7 onwards.

Under the hood, a Mercedes-sourced 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine serves up 211 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 Nm of torque from 1,250 to 3,500 rpm (same tune as the C 250 Coupe, on sale here for RM334k). The direct-injected mill is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission (Merc 7G-Tronic) that directs drive to the rear wheels. Infiniti says the Q60 will complete the zero to 100 km/h sprint in 7.3 seconds, with a top speed of 235 km/h.

Said transmission comes with the brand’s Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) that modulates gearshift patterns depending on current topographical conditions. The system also observes driving behavior and adapts accordingly to driver feedback.

Linked to the powertrain is the Q60’s Drive Mode Selector (DMS), which offers four presets to choose from – Standard, Snow, Personal and Sport. The Q60 also comes with Active Trace Control, which applies gentle, smooth braking to individual wheels to help bring the vehicle back into the correct cornering line.

Exterior kit fitted as standard include 19-inch, two-tone aluminium alloy wheels shod with 255/40R19 run-flat tyres, automatic LED headlights with light guides, LED fog lights and LED taillights.

Moving inside, Infiniti’s InTouch handles all infotainment needs, and is linked to two touchscreen displays (8-inch upper and 7-inch lower). The system comes with the usual array of inputs (CD, MP3, USB), navigation plus support for multiple driver profiles to be stored (linked to the Intelligent Key system).

Infiniti’s ‘spinal support’ 14-way powered seats are standard here (with memory function for driver), as is semi-aniline leather upholstery (Gallery White or Graphite) and brushed aluminium trim, which can be found on certain areas of the cabin like the centre console and door trim. Other goodies include a 13-speaker Bose Performance Series sound system, ambient lighting system and dual-zone climate control.

To counteract the negative engine noise frequencies, the Q60 also gets the Active Noise Cancellation System and acoustic windshield. However, if you would like to hear more of the engine note, simply engage the Active Sound Enhancement system via InTouch instead (only available in Sport mode).

On the safety front, the Q60 is fitted with six airbags (dual front, side and curtain) and a pop-up engine hood for pedestrian safety. You also get electronic stability control (ESC), traction control, ABS with EBD and brake assist.

So folks, what do you think of this new Infiniti coupe – would you consider it over a Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and BMW 4 Series?