Watch As The World’s Fastest Infiniti Q60 Blasts Down The Quarter-Mile
That Racing Channel (TRC) is a YouTube channel that specializes in giving us epic car content, featuring some of the craziest and fastest modified cars you’ll ever see. It may seem like we are milking the Nissan Z theme, but does it really matter? Why did we mention the latest Z-car, you ask? Because AMS Performance recently brought out their Infiniti Q60 RedSport, which turned out to be the first 9-second Q60 ever built.
The Infiniti Qs Inspiration Previews an All-Electric Sports Sedan
Infiniti is known for building some of the most awe-inspiring concepts you’ll ever see. It’s nice to see, then, that Infiniti’s form is holding up nicely, as we can see from the Qs Inspiration Concept that’s currently on display at Auto Shanghai 2019. Developed as a sports sedan that showcases Infiniti’s push towards electrification, the Qs Inspiration Concept is a sign that Infiniti’s not just talking the talk when it comes to its electrification plans, it’s provided us with a physical example of what we can look forward to in the future. More importantly, the Qs Inspiration won’t stay a concept for long; Infiniti has plans to build a production model in China, for the Chinese market. It’s all part of the automaker’s goal to offer a diverse lineup of electrified models in the world’s biggest car market. The Qs Inspiration Concept is the first step in achieving that goal.
This is the new Infiniti Q70, just announced at the New York Auto Show, and at first blush you may not peg it as a new or refreshed model. To be honest, not much has changed since it was still called the M Sedan. There have been some visual changes to distinguish the new 2015 model from the current 2014 version, but by and large this is the same swoopy and fluidic sedan Infiniti has been selling since 2010.
That isn’t necessarily a bad thing though, as I think the Q70 is one of the best looking cars in the class.
The big news for the 2015 car is the addition of new technology and the announcement of a long wheelbase Q70L, specifically created to cater to the booming Chinese markets. Thankfully for those of us who enjoy the idea of extra rear legroom, the Q70L will be coming to the U.S. and other important Infiniti markets. This isn’t a China exclusive like so many long wheelbase models tend to be these days.
Updated 01/15/2016: Infiniti announced prices for the 2016 Q70 luxury sedan which is now on sale at dealers nationwide. For 2016 model year the Q70 continues unchanged, with the only update including two new exterior colors: Hagane Blue and Majestic White (with premium pearl finish).
Continue reading to learn more about the Infiniti Q70.
Keeping a close eye on BMW’s strategies and launches, Infiniti is pretty adamant in competing with the Bavarian giant. So, I was simply waiting for Infiniti to launch a model to compete with the 4 Series. Call it coincidence if you like, but Infiniti is working on a new coupe to rival Bimmer’s two-door coupe. Confirmed to be called the Q60 and previewed by the 2016 Q60 Concept, the coupe will be designed along the lines of the 2014 Q50 sedan. In other words, the relationship between the Q50 and Q60 can be easily compared to the one between the 3 Series and the 4 Series.
Given the fact that the coupe will be a derivative of the Q50, I expect the standard, 3.7-liter, V-6 engine to power this two-door beauty. Likewise, the hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine and an electric motor could make it into the Q60 as well to keep fuel-conscious customers happy. Although Infiniti had nothing to say about the Q60’s release date, the fact that the Q60 Concept debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show suggests the production version is closer than expected. My money is on the fall of 2015, but more details should become available in the second half of the year. Until then, read on to find out what the Q60 may have in store once it arrives in dealerships.
Updated 01/16/2015: Based on the recent Q60 Concept, we’ve created a rendering for the production version which is expected to arrive just in time for the 2016 model year.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Infiniti Q60.
After much teasing and waiting, Infiniti has unexpectedly released the first images of the Q60 Concept ahead of the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It’s now clear to see Infiniti’s latest concept gets much of its design styling from the 2015 Q80 Inspiration and 2014 Q50 Eau Rouge concepts already in the public eye.
While many of the design details and styling cues are borrowed, Nissan’s premium brand’s newest concept departs the sedan-type architecture for a smaller, 2+2 Coupe layout. This puts the Q60 Concept right in competition with the BMW 4 Series, Audi A5, Cadillac ATS coupe, Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe, and the Lexus RC.
We expect Infiniti to announce more details about the Q60 during its official debuting on Tuesday, January 13th, but aren’t expecting news about its drivetrain, price, and on-sale date — mostly because it’s still in concept form. Those details will come when (or if) Infiniti pushes the Q60 coupe into production.
Even still, we love to speculate. The current Q60 coupe features a 3.7-liter V-6 that’s worth 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The new generation would surely see at least a moderate boost to those numbers. A hybrid version is also in the realm of possibilities, utilizing the smaller 3.5-liter V-6, a bank of batteries, and electric motors.
Whatever the details and specifications, expect Infiniti to move the Q60 Concept into production as a replacement for the current car. What’s more, since the current Q60 is a derivative of the Nissan 370Z, it’s highly likely the Infiniti’s platform will underpin the next Z-car as well.
Updated 01/05/2015: With just a week before its official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti dropped the first official image and details on the upcoming Q60 Concept. Click past the jump to read the new details.
Updated 01/12/2015: The new Q60 Concept made its world debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Click past the jump for the new full details.
Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.
Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q60 Concept.
Infiniti may have just lost its two head honchos to other companies, but that is not stopping the company from growing, changing, and generally trying to be more awesome. Along with talks of cars like a 4 Series fighter and the Eau Rouge concept, Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn told Autocar that Infiniti will also be expanding its market on both ends. The new Q80 concept is hitting production, and there will also be a smaller car called the Q20.
Autocar talked to more than Mr. Ghosn. While at the Paris Motor Show, they managed to spend time with Infiniti’s European boss Francois Goupil de Bouille, European design director Simon Cox and global design director Shiro Nakamura, with each one revealing more of Infiniti’s plans. De Bouille is quoted saying, “the Q80 is way more than a design study, this is our entry into the large saloon segment” confirming everyone thoughts about this becoming a real production model. Mr. Cox was even more informative when he let slip that there may be even more high-end cars in the Infiniti portfolio: “Just because we’re doing [the Q80] doesn’t mean that we’re not doing other high-end cars," he said.
Autocar speculates that this could mean that there will be a QX80 SUV that will line up against luxury offerings like the Range Rover.
The word of an Audi A1-fighting Q20 came straight from Shiro Nakamura himself. Infiniti has just started to make strides across the world’s markets, and it looks like the company is preparing a true onslaught of new and interesting products to take the fight to the competition.
Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q80.
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.
If the Q80 Inspiration lives up to its hype, then you better believe that Infiniti will get the attention of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes.
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 10/01/2014: With just a few hours before its official debut in Paris, Infiniti unveiled the full details on the Q80 Inspiration concept. Check the new details after the jump.
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Being a Formula One world champion comes with many privileges. Take Sebastian Vettel for instance, who has won four F1 drivers’ championship with Red Bull Racing. Not only does he get to drive and help develop the newest Infiniti vehicles as the company’s Director of Performance, he also has access to some of the most exclusive motorsport events. Most recently, the German became the first driver to lap the brand-new Formula One track in Sochi, Russia.
The Sochi Autodrom course has just been completed ahead of its maiden F1 race on October 12th, 2014, and Vettel has been assigned with running the first full lap. But don’t expect to see him take on the 3.6-mile track in his Renault-powered Red Bull race car, as the German was handed an Infiniti Q50 Hybrid for that mission. A little disappointing given the track’s race-oriented purpose, but at least we get to see a 369-horsepower hybrid being put through its paces in an unusual scenario.
Sochi Autodrom will host round 16 of the 2014 Formula One season on October 12th. The Russian race will be followed by the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Meanwhile, hit the play button above to watch Vettel hoon the Q50 at full throttle and share his thoughts on this new race track.
Click past the jump to see the remaining 2014 Formula One schedule.
Things are looking pretty good for Infiniti’s future despite having its worldwide president, Johan de Nysschen, jump ship to Cadillac. Plans are already in place for a whole crop of new vehicles to debut by 2018, including a 700-horsepower, four-door coupe slotted over the current Q70 flagship.
Though Infiniti hasn’t officially named the sedan yet, the naming scheme dictates a Q80 or Q90 nomenclature. The car may share Mercedes’ modular, rear-wheel-drive platform, thanks to the $1.36 billion deal struck between the companies. Its power will come from an in-house, turbocharged V-6. Estimates of its power output of 600 to 700 horsepower comes from comments Nysschen made while still at Infiniti. The expected arrival date for the Q80/Q90 lands somewhere in 2017 or 2018.
This 700-horsepower Porsche Panamera competitor would be in addition to the smaller Q50 Eau Rouge. Debuted at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, the Q50 Eau Rouge makes uses of many Nissan GT-R parts, including its hand-built, 3.8-liter, turbocharged V-6. Carbon fiber and other lightweight parts abound, making it a serious competitor to the Mercedes E63 AMG and BMW M5.
Even with all that GT-R-level performance, Infiniti only expects to sell roughly 500 Eau Rouge sedans a year. That’s almost hard to believe, even with the Eau Rouge’s sticker price exceeding $100,000.
Of course, Infiniti’s list of new or refreshed vehicles for the future includes many more. An overview of the automakers plans is below the jump.
Click past the jump to read more about Infiniti’s future lineup.
The Infiniti Q60 actually began its life as the G37. But the company decided to adopt a new naming strategy in 2012, dropping its old nomenclature in favor of a new ’Q’ prefix for its coupes, sedans, and convertibles. That’s how the Q60 came to have its new name. The model is actually offered in both coupe and convertible configurations, offering customers a choice of enjoying the model with the top closed or tucked comfortably near the trunk.
Naturally, new strategies also comes with new expectations. That’s what Infiniti had to overcome with the launch of the 2014 Q60 Convertible. For the most part, Infiniti has a model that can really make a name for itself in an extremely competitive market segment.
The Q60 Convertible still has some work to do if it wants to catch some mainstream love, but the good news is that Infiniti gave it a nice head start.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Infiniti Q60 Convertible.
Infiniti’s new Q60 Convertible is set to receive a special one-off design that pays homage to the great Bobby Unser. That’s the news coming out of the Nissan sub-brand when it announced the arrival of the special edition Q60 Convertible at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
This is the fourth consecutive year that Infiniti has had a presence at the gathering and this time, the company is making its attendance a memorable one. Dressed in the same livery as the car Unser drove to win the 1968 Indy 500, the one-off Q60 Convertible looks deliriously stunning dressed in that red, yellow, black and white special wrap that honors the Rislone livery found on Unser’s Offenhauser-powered Eagle race car.
Oh, and don’t forget the huge No.3 decals on the hood and the doors of the Q60 Convertible, which serves as another hat tip to the legendary race car driver.
Not much else is known about the one-off Q60 Convertible Bobby Unser Edition other than Infiniti’s plan to showcase the model at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance this weekend at the Infiniti Pavilion Display where it will sit next to the same car where it draws inspiration from: Bobby Unser’s 1968 Indy 500-winning Eagle race car.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Infiniti Q60.
We’ve first saw Infiniti’s IPL models back in 2011 when the company wanted to offer a more aggressive look and some extra power for its coupe and convertible models. The only problem is that the IPL line is nothing like a real high-performance sports car offered by BMW or Audi, like M or the RS line, but it can easily compete to models like BMW’s M Sport package or Audi’s S models.
Just like with the coupe version, the Q60 IPL Convertible is distinguished by redesigned front and rear fascias, black elements here and there, specially designed wheels and, of course, some "IPL" badges. Under the hood, the V-6 engine is tricked to deliver an extra 18 horsepower over the base 2014 Infiniti Q60.
For the 2014 model year, the Q60 IPL Convertible is priced from $62,000.
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Infiniti added the Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) to its lineup back in 2011 when it started offering more aggressive look and with more power under the hood. However, for those of you who expect to see an ultra-high-performance version of the Q60, we have to let you know that the IPL is nothing like the BMW M4 or the Audi RS line when thinking in terms of its performance increases over the base model. The IPL is more like the 4 Series with the M-Sport package or the Audi S5.
The IPL version adds redesigned front and rear fascias, black elements here and there, specially designed wheels and, of course, some "IPL" badges. Infiniti also designed the interior to deliver more luxury and a sportier feel. Under the hood, the Q60 IPL gains a few ponies over the base model.
For 2014, the Q60 IPL is offered with two transmission options — a six-speed manual and a seven-speed automatic — with prices starting from $51,200.
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In the 2008 model year, Infiniti released the G37 coupe, as the replacement for the G35 that it initially unveiled in 2003. The model received a small facelift for the 2011 model year, but nothing else has changed since.
For the 2014, Infiniti renamed it according its new naming strategy. The "Q" refers to it being a coupe and the "60" indicates that is sits just above the Q50 sedan in Infiniti’s lineup. The model didn’t receive any major updates, with exception of some updates to the exterior and interior colors, and some new standard features.
Everything else remains pretty much unchanged, including the powerful V-6 engine found under the hood.
As expected, Infiniti offers the 2014 Q60 in three different configurations: Q60, Q60 AWD and Q60S Coupe 6MT, with prices starting at $40,400 for the base model.
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At the end of 2012, Infiniti announced plans to change its naming strategy once again. The usual G, M, FX, EX names were dropped and all models will get new names prefixed by Q for sedans, coupes and convertibles, and QX, for crossover and SUV models.
Next to the Q or QX lettering, each model will also get a double digit representing its level within the range. The first model to adopt the new strategy was the Q50 — a sedan that replaced the G37. It will be followed by the Q30 Coupe, plus there are rumors that suggest there will also be a flagship model called either Q70 or Q80.
Now, Infiniti released a video that explains why the company opted for this new naming strategy. The company launched its first model in 1989. It was named Q45 and the new naming strategy pays tribute to this original model.
Infiniti in cooperation with Gilt.com developed two special editions Q50 luxury sedans: one developed by Thom Browne and the other by Zac Posen. Both models will be put on sale on Gilt on Thursday, December 12, 2013. Each unit will be offered with an exclusive ZAC Zac Posen Smartphone Clutch.
The Q50 by Thom Browne features an exterior finished in chrome, while the interior gets Thom Browne signature red, white and blue stripe on the seats and in other areas. For the trunk Browne is also offering a special designed luggage set.
The unit designed by Zac Posen is painted in a ombré effect, starting with a light silver in matte finish up front and up to a dark grey a high-gloss finish at the rear. For the interior Posen opted for exclusive materials like velvet, shagreen, and leather, in rich shades of red.
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In 2009, Infiniti replaced the G35 with the more powerful G37 Now another switch is set to take place in 2014. This time around, however, the model is not changing just the engine, but it will adopt a new nomenclature and design too.
The new Q50 has received a smooth yet dynamic design language, with LED-infused headlights, a "double arch" grille and a crescent-shaped C-pillar. For the interior, Infiniti has placed higher-quality materials and user-focused advanced technology.
In the U.S. market, the Q50 will be offered with a standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine, but customers interested in environment can opt for a new-to-the-model hybrid version that will combine a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and an electric motor.
The new Infiniti Q50 made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and will be put on sale in the summer 2013 in both standard and hybrid versions.
UPDATE 03/21/13: A leaked document guide for the new Infiniti Q50 reveals further details on the new sports sedan. The document reveals that the gasoline-powered Q50 will be offered in three trim levels: base, premium and sport, while the hybrid version will only come in premium and sport versions. Both models will be offered in AWD and RWD versions. Customers will have to choose between eight exterior colors and three interior colors combined with aluminum and wood insertions. There will also be lots of packages that will offer the clients the possibility to further customized their models: Technology Package, Deluxe Technology Package, Moonroof Package, Deluxe Touring Package and Navigation Package. Click here to see the guide.
UPDATE 04/02/13: Infiniti USA has launched anofficial configurator for the new Q50 sedan. Thanks to the new site, you will be able to configure each version of the new Q50, selecting trims, colors and packages.
UPDATE 06/25/13: Infiniti has released a pre-release price hike on the new Q50. You can see all of the details after the jump.
UPDATE 07/08/13: Infiniti has announced the release date for the Q50. See the details after the jump.
Infiniti’s new Q50 - aka the replacement for the G sedan - will be the first model to benefit from the company’s new naming strategy. The model will make its world debut on January 14th, 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show and today, Infiniti has unveiled the first teaser video for the next sedan.
All the video is reveals are the Q50’s headlamps. As you can see they appear to feature an LED accent wave and they give us a promising feeling about how the Q50 will look in its entirety. No other details have been unveiled, but we expect to see a completely new sedan with an updated look and new technologies. As for the engine, we’re coming up almost completely empty, as all we know is that is will feature a V-6 engine.
The Q50 sedan will be joined by a convertible, coupe, and a high-performance version.
Full details will be unveiled on January 14th, debut at the Detroit Auto Show.
The Infiniti Q45 is a fullsize luxury car from Nissan’s Infiniti marque. It is a rear wheel drive luxury sedan powered by a V8 engine. The original Infiniti Q45 was based on the Japanese-market Nissan President (the flagship of the entire Nissan lineup at the time), but later generations were based on the lower-end Nissan Cima.