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Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Infiniti Project Black S

Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Infiniti Project Black S

Let’s not beat around the bush here. The Infiniti Q60 is like the girl next door of the car world. She’s sexy, teases you from a distance with her sweet curves, and has an attitude to back up her good looks. In this case, however, the Q60 has a hotter sister, and the Project Black S is it. Go ahead, you know you want to add some car porn to your desktop ;)

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Infiniti Q50, Q60, and Q70 to Ditch RWD Platform for Hybrid AWD Architecture Starting in 2021

Infiniti Q50, Q60, and Q70 to Ditch RWD Platform for Hybrid AWD Architecture Starting in 2021

Current versions will have to stay strong in the next three years

The Q50, Q60, and Q70 are all in dire need of generational evolution. But, don’t expect to see any of them until 2021 because Infiniti is still developing a new electrified platform with all-wheel drive that will take the reins from the aging FM rear-drive platform that’s currently underpinning all three models. Over the next three years, however, all three models will have to soldier on and hold the fort for Infiniti as it develops the next-generation platform that will underpin Infiniti’s models moving forward.

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Infiniti's F1-Bred and hybridized Q60 Black S Will Come to Paris in Production-Ready From

Infiniti’s F1-Bred and hybridized Q60 Black S Will Come to Paris in Production-Ready From

The question now is whether Infiniti thinks it’s worthy to be an actual production model

Barring the unexpected, the 2018 Paris Motor Show will play host to the production-ready Infiniti Q60 Black S hybrid. The performance coupe first entered our lives at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and in the year since its unveiling, Infiniti has fine-tuned it into becoming the what it claims as the first “accessible road car with up-to-date Formula One technology." It’s not clear yet if the automaker plans to approve the car for production, though if it did, it’s going to look like the model that we’ll be seeing in Paris later this year.

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2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept

2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept

Well, this was not what we expected

Raise your hands if you feel a little hoodwinked by Infiniti and its Q60 Red Alpha Concept. I know I have my hands in the air because I expected something completely different from this concept. But, that’s the beauty of the auto industry. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, it gives us a car like the Q60 Red Alpha. I don’t think I’m the only one who thought that the concept would be a traditional go-faster iteration of the performance coupe. You know, something along the lines of the Q50 Eau Rouge with some extra luxury offerings thrown in for good measure.

Instead, Infiniti went a completely different direction in achieving the same goal. There may be a significant power and performance increase, but any hints of wood or carbon fiber trim are not just in short supply, they’re non-existent, to begin with. What we do get is a gutted interior with a roll cage in the back, Mickey Thompson drag racing tires, and a racing parachute in the back. A racing parachute! Did anybody see that coming? Granted, the concept does also come with a range of performance parts that will be available in the future for Red Sport 400 versions of the Q50 and Q60. We can at least look forward to that. But everything else about the Q60 Red Alpha speaks about a car that’s been heavily modified for one purpose: drag racing. I will admit though that I’m a little curious on how it’s going to fare on a drag strip, even if it’s something that I completely did not expect.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept

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Is The Infiniti Q60 Project Black S Headed For A Production Run?

Is The Infiniti Q60 Project Black S Headed For A Production Run?

Concept car getting custom tires could lead to something more meaningful

When Infiniti presented the Q60 Project Black S at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, it was tipped to be nothing more than a concept vehicle, a muscle-flexing opportunity of sorts to show what Nissan’s premium brand is capable of. Three months later, the Q60 Project Black S is back in the news, only this time it’s been loaded with appropriate Formula One technology that’s opening the door to the possibility of a production version in the future.

Does it mean then that we’ll see more of the Q60 Project Black S soon? That’s still a matter of debate, but the recent return of the concept sporting specially developed Pirelli P Zero rubber tires is an indication that something’s brewing within Infiniti that’s giving execs reason to reconsider its position on the 500-horsepower coupe concept. Even Tommaso Volpe, the head decision-maker of Infiniti’s motorsport division, isn’t shutting the door on the concept’s production future. “Pirelli’s input and knowledge, both motorsport and automotive, will be invaluable,” he said, referring to Infiniti exploring the feasibility of the Q60 Project Black S. It’s easy to get optimistic, especially with all the activity surrounding the concept these days. But like everything else, it might be best to not get those hopes up just yet. Remember, we all know what Infiniti’s recent history with these things has been. Shout out to the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge. We’re still waiting for you.

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2016 Infiniti Project Black S

2016 Infiniti Project Black S

It’s like a Q60 Coupe on steroids

Infiniti introduced the second-generation Q60 Coupe at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show looking nearly identical to the concept that previewed it the year before. It comes to the market for 2017 with bold and aggressive styling, better efficiency over the outgoing model, and a revised suspension system, among other things. Its revised drivetrain includes two different engines with output ranging from 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque all the way up to 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Unfortunately, the Q60 lost the available option of a manual transmission, leaving just a seven-speed automatic to mate with all engine options.

Now, the Geneva Auto Show is kicking off, and Infiniti as decided to participate in a design study of sorts that takes the Q60 Coupe and adds on a more aggressive body kit and a new high-performance, hybrid drivetrain inspired by Formula One. Dubbed the Project Black S, little is known about it, but Infiniti wants to use it as a basis to gauge customer interest in future high-performance Infiniti cars.

Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti, said, "Infiniti is the premium car manufacturer within the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and a technical partner to the Renault Sport Formula One Team, so it is natural that we come together to explore the possibility of bringing innovative, high-performance hybrid technology to our customers. Infiniti has constantly led the way in making innovative new powertrain technology available, and we’re extremely excited by the potential of Project Black S."

The Project S is set to be revealed at a special event the night before the doors open at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, so let’s take a close look at it before that happens.

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2017 Infiniti Q60S - Driven

2017 Infiniti Q60S - Driven

A value leader, if not a race leader

The Infiniti Q60, formerly the G37 Coupe, soldiered on for an absolute lifetime in car years without a substantial update. Finally updated for 2017, the Q60 is much improved.

The Q60 and its competitors exist in a relatively small end of the market, in raw sales numbers. Personal luxury sports coupes aren’t at the top of any automaker’s sales chart. That said, they’re fast, they handle well, and they’re sexier than the models that do top those sales charts.

Continue reading to learn more about our test drive on the 2017 Infiniti Q60S.

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Infiniti Q60 3.0t Sport Gets Priced From $48,300

Infiniti Q60 3.0t Sport Gets Priced From $48,300

Another Q60 model joins the lineup and borrows features from the Red Sport 400

Back in 2015 Infiniti showcased the Q60 Concept, and by the time the 2016 Detroit Auto Show came around, we were looking at the long-awaited production model. Now available in a total of eight trim level – four variations of the 2.0t, two variations of the 3.0t, and two versions of the Red Sport model – the lineup is growing yet again with the introduction of the Q60 3.0t Sport. The Q60 came complete with three all-new turbocharged engines, new ride and handling technologies, and a new infotainment system, effectively building on the sport coupe foundation that started with the Infiniti G35 back in 2003. The new 3.0t Sport comes with the new VR-Series, twin-turbo V-6 that displaces 3.0-liters and delivers a cool 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. But, that’s not all.

As a model that slots above the Q60 3.0t Premium AWD and the Q60 Red Sport 400, the 3.0t Sport borrows quite a few features from the 400, including the sport brake system with silver painted calipers, the dynamic digital suspension system with sport tuning, and a sexy set of 19-inch, aluminum-alloy wheels. Inside you’ll find healthy doses of carbon fiber interior trim panels, semi-aniline leather sport seats, paddle shifters for spirited driving, and aluminum-accented pedals. Memory storage holds settings of the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, mirrors, and ambient lighting for up to two people as standard.

The Q60 3.0t Sport will hit showrooms starting in December of 2016 and will carry a starting price of $48,300 — $2,000 more than the 3.0t Premium AWD, and $3,000 less than the Red Sport 400.

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2017 Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition

2017 Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition

Fancy owning a gold-tastic Infiniti Q60?

What does the Ford Mustang Convertible, the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 100th Anniversary, and the McLaren 12C Spider all have in common? Not a lot, right? Well, that’s not entirely accurate because of these cars have all, at point or another, graced the famous Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, the same book that reminds us of the upcoming holidays and is filled with items that most of us can only dream about. The catalog traditionally arrives around October, and on cue, the 2016 edition comes bearing another laundry list of luxury gift items, none more eye-catching than the Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition.

For $63,000, customers can line themselves up with a special edition Q60 Red Sport 400, complete with striking exterior and posh interior upgrades, including an ivory leather weekender bag and a branded car cover, to go with some pretty useful tech extras. It’s also limited to just 50 units, which makes it all the more desirable considering that prospective owners will only shell out an extra $10,000 to turn a standard AWD Q60 Red Sport 400 into this golden firecracker.

Those who do end up buying the Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition should also take comfort knowing that for every purchase of the car, Infiniti itself will donate $1,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. If all 50 cars sell out as expected, that donation could add up to $50,000, a nice sum for the foundation. Best be quick about making a decision though because reservations for the special edition Q60 can only be done by calling 844-367-6971, beginning at noon, EDT, on November 2, 2016

Continue reading to learn more about the Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition.

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Infiniti Says No to Hardcore Q60, at Least for Now

Infiniti Says No to Hardcore Q60, at Least for Now

400 horsepower is the best we’ll see from the Q60 for the foreseeable future

The Infiniti Q60 initially rolled onto the scene at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show as a concept that looked to be nearly production ready. And, sure enough, it didn’t take long for Infiniti to announce the car we had all been waiting for. Packing a 208-horsepower four-cylinder in entry-level form or as much as 400 horsepower with a 3.0-liter V-6, the Q60 is Infiniti’s halo car of sorts that competes with models like the Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 4-Series. With the range-topping Q60 Red Sport offering so much power, we’ve been hoping that Infiniti would take on the likes of the BMW M4 or Mercedes-AMG C63, but according to Car Advice plans for such a hardcore model don’t even exist at this point.

Car Advice caught up with Infiniti’s Senior Manager of Product Strategy, Gerardo Carmona, and asked him about a more extreme version of the Q60, but he did little more than let them down easy:

“That’s never going to be off the table, because Infiniti is all about performance, in a very sculpted and artisan way. But, unfortunately, it’s not going to come very soon. Everything is up for consideration, and we have a lot of options within the R&D group. Right now we’re focusing on the 400 horsepower and although we currently don’t have any ambition for this car to go and compete with the vehicles you’ve mentioned, as for doing something more, that is something we’re not yet able to disclose.”

With that said, there is at least a little bit of hope there since, you know, “that’s never going to be off the table.” But, it’s important to remember that Infiniti has always been a little more focused on luxury than performance anyway and it’s a small player in the grand scheme of things. The Q60 has the looks, and with the range-topping model pushing 400 ponies, it’s not exactly a slouch either, but how awesome would a 550 horsepower Q60 be?

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2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe

2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe

Based on the Q60 Concept unveiled in 2015

A full year has passed since Infiniti showcased the Q60 Concept, and the production car has finally arrived at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Not surprisingly, the coupe is nearly identical to the what appeared to be a production-ready concept back in 2015, with only minor changes setting the two apart.

Styling aside, the new car is more powerful and efficient than the model it replaces, while its interior is more in line with those seen in similarly sized coupes from BMW or Mercedes-Benz. Other important changes besides the revised engines in the drivetrain department are the absence of a manual gearbox and a drive-mode selector with no fewer than six settings.

The new Q60 also comes with a lower center of gravity and a revised suspension system, both of which should make it more nimble than its predecessor and a better competitor to German coupes. The redesigned Q60 will go on sale late this summer for the 2017 model year. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the new coupe in the comprehensive review below.

Updated 09/09/2016: Infiniti revealed prices for the most powerful version in the Q60 lineup, aka the Red Sport 400. The company also revealed the car will begin arriving at Infiniti retailers nationwide this month.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe.

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Infiniti Jumps Into Performance Segment With S-Badged Models

Infiniti Jumps Into Performance Segment With S-Badged Models

The Q50 S and the Q60 S will spearhead this turn to performance; QX50 S could follow soon

The Infiniti Eau Rouge performance line may not have come to fruition, but Infiniti isn’t about to throw in the towel on performance models just yet. On the contrary, the Japanese automaker is indeed pushing forward with a range of performance models, but instead of using the name of the famous section inside the Spa Francorchamps race track, it’s settling on a far simpler nomenclature by using an “S” badge on all of its performance models.

The automaker has already used the performance badge on the Q60 with the 400-horsepower Q60 S and the BMW M3-fighting Q50 S. Soon enough, the S badge will make its way into other models, most notably the QX50 SUV, a model the company is counting on to take the fight to some of the segment’s established performance SUVs.

Infiniti’s approach isn’t just about slapping an “S” emblem on its performance models. There’s a method to creating the lineup that ties into a plan of also creating some differentiation between the S-badged models. Infiniti president Roland Krueger made the distinction to Auto Express, describing it by attributing certain characteristics to a specific color. For instance, silver S-badged models are geared towards visual and performance modifications. On the other hand, blue S-badged models will feature the company’s direct response hybrid technology with red models making up the rest of the lineup.

Using color to denote a specific S-badged variant sounds a little quirky, but it’s also a subtle indicator that the company believes is an ideal first step towards creating a full-fledged performance lineup. Krueger didn’t say if this is going to lead to a separate performance division akin to BMW’s M division and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division, opting only to say that the company is going to take it one step a time.

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Standard Infiniti Q60 Will Deliver 400 HP; More Powerful Version Will Follow

Standard Infiniti Q60 Will Deliver 400 HP; More Powerful Version Will Follow

Just over a month ago Infiniti unveiled its new Q60 concept in Detroit. It’s a 2+2 sport coupe using Infiniti’s current design language, that will be positioned against the likes of the BMW 4 Series, Audi A5, Cadillac ATS coupe, Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe and the Lexus RC. At the time, we heard it would be powered by a newly downsized 3.0-liter V-6 with new pair of turbos, but power was still a question mark.

Speaking with an anonymous source within Infiniti at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, our friends at Auto Guide recently learned that the new road-going Q60 will produce 400 horsepower, with a sportier version to follow, producing as much as 450 horsepower. It’s the first we’re hearing of a hotter Q60, but we would like to think it will follow a template similar to the Nissan GT-R-powered Q50 Eau Rouge, with sportier suspension, more aggressive transmission mapping and some suitably angry-looking body work. Maybe even name it after another famous racing corner, say, 130R at Suzuka or Parabolica at Monza.

Whatever happens, it looks like we’re going to be waiting a while. The new Q60 isn’t expected to land in dealerships until late 2016. Frankly, that can’t come soon enough. The current Q60 is starting to look a bit dated in the face of much fresher competition within the segment.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Infiniti Q60.

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2015 Infiniti Q60 Concept

2015 Infiniti Q60 Concept

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.

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