2015 Infiniti Q80 Inspiration

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 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.

If the Q80 Inspiration lives up to its hype, then you better believe that Infiniti will get the attention of BMW , Audi , and Mercedes .

The Q80 Inspiration has been scheduled to make its debut on October 2, 3:30 p.m. local time in Paris. That’s 9:30 a.m. EDT on the East Coast.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration.

Competitors

BMW 7 Series

BMW 7-Series

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 be 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
version.

Audi A8

Audi A8

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.

Press Release

At 15:30, Thursday, October 2nd 2014, Hall 5 of the Parc des Expositions de Versailles in Paris, Infiniti shows a concept car that foreshadows an audacious top-of-the-line model.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration

Named Q80 Inspiration, the intent of the low-slung, ingeniously aggressive four-passenger fastback is to demonstrate to the premium world just how Infiniti aims to play its part.

Its very dimensions place the Q80 Inspiration clearly at the peak of the Infiniti range.

A flashpoint for the company’s intuitive human-centric style and onboard technological ambition, the Q80 Inspiration long-leggedfastback proves that Infiniti intends to drive in and disturb the status quo.

You’ll see complete featured details first-hand on October 2nd, when all will be revealed. To repeat: à bientôt.


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