While everybody seems to be all caught up with the Q50 Eau Rouge , Infiniti is preparing another vehicle that’s expected to steal some shine away from the sports sedan. I mean that in a good way, of course. The model in question is called the Q80 Inspiration and not surprisingly, it’s headed to the 2014 Paris Motor Show .
The Japanese automaker is promising the world with the Q80 Inspiration, describing it as the peak of its model lineup. Those are big words for a company that’s been aggressively trying to reinvent itself as a premium brand capable of giving its German rivals a serious run for their money.
Infiniti scheduled the Q80 Inspiration’s debut for October 2, 3:30 p.m. local time in Paris. That’s 9:30 a.m. EDT.
Updated 09/23/2014: Infiniti unveiled a first official image along with the first details on its future Q80 Inspiration concept set to be unveiled in Paris on October 2nd. Details after the jump.
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Infiniti has taken its design language to the next level with the Q80 Inspiration. Long, low, and flowing, the Q80 represents a fresh take on a four-seat sedan. Graceful lines flow rapidly over the front wheels, falling down past the side vents. The coke-bottle shape is fully present here as the rear haunches rise over the back tires. The rear end is just as stylized yet it doesn’t come across as busy. The quad exhaust pipes are covered in chrome and integrated into the lower fascia for a clean look.
The rear roof area is unlike anything I’ve seen, as the Q80’s roof line culminates in a V-shape after the C-pillars. The large area that would normally be the D-pillars is now a major part of the bodywork, acting as one of the most stylized portions of the Q80 Inspiration’s body.
Massive 22-inch wheels get a five-dual-spoke design and are made of lightweight alloy. While Infiniti hasn’t released too many details about the car, it has announced its dimensions. The car’s wheelbase sits at 122.2 inches long, the bodywork is 79.8 inches wide, and the Q80 stands 53.1 inches tall.
Its doors also put on a show. The front two open conventionally, foregoing clam-shell or gull-wing styles. Additionally, the rear doors open suicide style, giving a full view of the cabin inside.
|Length||5,052 MM (198.9 in)|
|Wheelbase||3,103 MM (122.2 in)|
|Width||2,027 MM (79.8 in)|
|Height||1,350 MM (53.1 in)|
Speaking of the interior, Infiniti has kept most of the details quiet. We do know however, that the Q80 will feature what Infiniti calls “1 + 1 + 1 + 1” seating. We can only imagine that means each of the four seats are individual buckets that coddle each occupant in their own space.
Infiniti says there will be plenty of high-grade aluminum and carbon fiber throughout the cabin, along with loads of high-tech features. Infiniti used acoustic throughout to keep noise levels down, while a lightweight yet ridged chassis is designed to keep vibrations and hardness from entering the passenger compartment.
Infiniti hasn’t said much about the powertrain under the Q80 Inspiration’s hood, but we do know it will be a high-performance setup with a hybrid-electric drive. While chances are it won’t outperform a Porsche 918, the principle is likely the same.
The BMW 7 Series is due for a facelift and recent spy shots seem to indicate that it’s happening very soon. For now though, the 7 Series continues on as BMW ’s flagship luxury sedan, competing against the likes of the Audi A8, the Mercedes S-Class, and quite possibly, the Infiniti Q80.
The 7 Series’ engine lineup is as beefy as it’s ever been, beginning with a 258-horsepower, 3.0-liter, straight-six petrol engine in the entry-level 730i all the way up to a 544-horsepower, V-12 engine found in the top-of-the-line 760i. All of these versions will feature a host of new technology, including Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, and the second-generation Driving Experience Control switch with ECO PRO mode.
Prices range from $74,195 for the base model all the way up to $140,200 for the 760 Li
Gallery BMW 7-Series
The Audi A8 gets a nice revision when the 2015 model rolls out, including some minor tweaks to the exterior and the interior, plus improved performance, fuel mileage, and technology.
The A8 is powered by three powertrain options, including a base, 3.0-liter, V-6 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, good enough to hit 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds to go with a top speed of 130 mph.
Moving on up the lineup is the bigger, 4.0-liter V-8 that whacks out 435 horsepower and 444 pound-feet of torque. Those figures can give the A8 the juice to cover 0-to-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds, although top speed is likewise limited to just 130 mph.
Gallery Audi A8
Gallery Infiniti Q80 Inspiration
The Paris Auto Show is fast approaching and companies are jockeying for position in the eye of a media storm.
Infiniti presents Q80 Inspiration: Infiniti’s vision of category-breaking, supreme luxurious driving; a top-of-the-line four-seat fastback that rises above the crowd. It’s an audacious and elegant step forward for Infiniti as a global player; designed to shake up the status quo in the premium large four-door club; a no-compromise ambassador of driver-centric powertrain and on-board technologies.
At 15:30 on October 2nd in Hall 5 of the Parc des Expositions de Versailles in Paris, Infiniti will introduce the progressive Q80 Inspiration to the media and provide a glimpse into its high-performance and efficient hybrid-electric powertrain implementation as well as additional technologies.
In profile, Infiniti Q80 Inspiration extends to 5052 millimetres (198.9 inches) with a long wheelbase of 3103 mm (122.2 in) framed by custom 22-inch five-dual-spoke lightweight alloys. It strikes an imposing stance with its width of 2027 mm (79.8 in) and height of 1350 mm (53.1 in).
“After showing Q30 Concept and Q50 Eau Rouge, Infiniti is eager to show the upper range of our portfolio expansion,” says Infiniti Executive Design Director, Alfonso Albaisa. “In Q80 Inspiration, we wanted to capture that unforgettable feeling when you experience something important, something beautiful, something magnetic for the first time.”
The Q80 Inspiration’s expansive, edgy, sensual interpretation of the Infiniti brand really makes a statement. There are no side-door mirrors to break up the aesthetics of the unmistakable profile, the full roof length of the teardrop passenger greenhouse is accentuated by lightweight acoustic glass, and its doors open portal style which allows the stunning cabin to be fully on display while driver and passengers step in and out with ease.
A concept as impactful as Q80 Inspiration is set to push boundaries in more ways than through the beauty of its attention-grabbing skin. The cabin is able to bring together the four occupants in a highly stylised and personalised ambiance of the highest quality. Carbon-fibre, aluminium, and leather surround those inside in spacious “1 + 1 + 1 + 1” seating.
Earmarked for an advanced adaptive suspension, the light and rigid chassis combines with the acoustic glass all around and additional sound deadening to promise a driving and ride experience among the very best.
A design and technological highlight to which Infiniti’s four worldwide design studios will refer regularly in coming years, the Q80 Inspiration four-door fastback is to be taken as clear intent to have an entry into the newly defined premium fastback segment.