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.

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

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    155 mph (Est.)
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    100000 (Est.)
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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.

Exterior Dimensions

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)


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Speaking of the interior, the Q80 features what Infiniti calls “1 + 1 + 1 + 1” seating. This seating arrangement gives each passenger a bucket seat, making the cabin feel spacier.

Infiniti says there is plenty of high-grade aluminum, Alcantara, quilted leather 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.

The cabin features a showing off a simplified driver interface and a heads-up display that shows only the information the driver needs, keeping things clutter-free. In the back seat, each passenger gets his own touchscreen mounted into the front headrest.


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Under the long hood of the Q80 Inspiration lies a turbocharged, 3.0-liter, V-6 engine and an unspecified type of electric motor. Though Infiniti failed to reveal what the electric motor is packing, it did announce that the model will have a total of 550 horsepower to play around with. The engine mates to a "smart drivetrain" that rear-wheel drive to all-wheel drive at the driver’s request or as the conditions dictate.

Together, this drivetrain achieves around 5.5L/100km, which equals out to 42.8 mpg, plus it spews out only about 129 grams of CO2 per km.

What’s most important about this drivetrain is that it is a precursor to a family of drivetrains Infiniti will release in the next two years.


BMW 7 Series

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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

Audi A8

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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.


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This concept, err, inspiration is one sexy piece of machinery. It has all the looks and luxury to do battle with the best Mercedes, BMW and Audi have to offer. Additionally, the hybrid powertrain is efficient and powerful. But the issue remains how much of this concept will actually become part of the future Q80. Comparing the Q80 Inspiration to the current Infiniti lineup leads me to believe the answer is "not too much."

  • Leave it
    • * How much will actually make it to production?
    • * The powertrain may result in a super-high price
    • * A little too concept-y for now

Update History

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.

Press Release

Infiniti’s first foray into the upper echelons of the premium sedan category comes in the alluring shape of the Q80 Inspiration – a bold concept that hints at future Infiniti design language and smart powertrain technology.

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From the convention-breaking proportions and arresting body styling, the
full-size Infiniti Q80 Inspiration four-door fastback marks a brave and innovative conceptual charge into a challenging sector.

"The Q80 Inspiration concept was born to disrupt the premium sedan category," said Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President, Product Strategy. "We aim to do this with elegance, style, and emotion.

"Q80 Inspiration is how we see the future in terms of moving people in the higher end of our portfolio. This car is making a statement. Q80 Inspiration is a precursor of a production model in this segment and, as such, integral to our future."

Striking exterior, simplistic, stylish interior

The immense presence, stunning design and bold execution of the Q80 Inspiration represents more than a flight of fancy by Infiniti’s talented design team. Full-size in width (2010mm/79.1 inches) and length (5060mm/199.2 inches), yet with a stance of 1340mm/52.8 inches at its highest point, the Q80 is luxurious sedan-like in dimension with fastback contouring.

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Innovations continue inside, where driver and passengers are ushered into four individual seats via wide opening portal-style doors. A simplified driver interface and unique head-up display (HUD) keep the complex algorithms of the intuitive technology hidden from view, showing only the information drivers need, concurrent with Q80 Inspiration’s human-centric ethos.

The front passenger also has an HUD for display of external information via a smartphone connected to the vehicle’s telematics system. Each rear passenger has a touch screen positioned in the rear of the front seat rest to tap into their on-board entertainment package.

Concentration is focused on exquisitely detailed interior, featuring romance in the shape of quilted leather seats and exquisite Alcantara, leather and metal finishes, all luxuriously bathed in light from the sculptural panoramic glass roof.

"From a design perspective, the Q80 Inspiration is the epitome of provocation, a car that breaks the mold of traditional premium sedan dimension and body form," said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director.

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"It delivers feminine elegance and muscular menace in equal measure and strikes big in terms of styling, craftsmanship, choice of materials and attention to detail."

Attention has also been paid to creating a welcoming, uncluttered environment for driver and passengers alike. Smart technology, simplified and functional.

"There is a tendency with modern design that every time you add interior features and technology you add complexity," added Albaisa. "The idea with Q80 Inspiration was to re-define and simplify how we interact with people in the car. Of course the Q80 Inspiration has the key features which are premium, smart and engaging, but simplicity was our main objective."

Performance, power and efficiency

The Q80 Inspiration boasts phenomenal performance with 550hp at its disposal, delivered by an all-new, downsized twin turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 and hybrid electric powertrain.

The new engine offers a precursor to a family of engines that will be introduced to the Infiniti portfolio within the next two years.

Capable of returning fuel efficiency in the region of 5.5L/100km (42.8 mpg) and CO2 emissions of about 129g/km, it offers an audacious blend of extreme performance with the social responsibility demanded by modern customers.

Coupled to the innovative hybrid powertrain, a smart drivetrain reinforces the sporty appeal with the ability to switch from rear wheel drive to all wheel drive on demand, or as conditions dictate.

Autonomous driving explored

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Infiniti’s Q80 Inspiration also previews the company’s philosophy on autonomous technology – namely that it should enhance the driver and not restrict them. This driver-centric approach, integral to Infiniti’s vision for the premium sector, is exemplified in on-demand systems.

Using cameras, lasers and sensors, the ingenious technology can be employed by the driver when needed through a button on the left-hand side of the steering wheel.

Ongoing dialogue between the driver and the autonomous driving technology system, via a clever HUD display projected on the windscreen, enables the driver to utilize the driving assistance at his/her own discretion.

The system emits tones suggesting a course of action for the driver in heavy traffic or in highway mode. The final decision – whether to accelerate and overtake or whether to brake and fall in behind the car ahead – always rests with the driver.

With the HUD, the driver is in command of what is projected onto the windscreen via an Infiniti InTouch™-style touchpad in the elegant center console.

"As part of our creativity and exploration philosophy, Infiniti considers that autonomous driving is an integral part of a premium car of tomorrow. In our case, we have taken the approach that autonomous driving should empower and enhance the driving experience, not do the driving. Our path of development is not taking us into the area of self-driving vehicles," said Bancon.

Concept is a pre-cursor to production

The Q80 Inspiration is a concept vehicle but the way it is named indicates a production intent, suggesting a future design language, ingenious technologies and ultimately Infiniti’s ambition to launch into a new segment – and to make an impact.

"The fact that we are entering this category, a challenging category from a business perspective, and to do so in such a brave fashion demonstrates Infiniti’s confidence," said Bancon. "The body type, the proportions, the smart hybrid powertrain, autonomous technology – it’s a highly innovative approach.

"This is the highest portfolio entry for Infiniti and our vision is to compete with a unique approach. This car is not the traditional premium sedan. It breaks new ground in areas of body sculpturing and passenger hospitality. And, we will introduce a powertrain which affords power responsibly. It’s the perfect balance between performance and agility."

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Q80 Inspiration is following a path previously trodden by the Infiniti Q30. At the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013, Infiniti revealed a concept car, the Q30 Concept, with a clear intent of entering the premium compact segment. The result is that the Q30 premium compact goes into production next year.

"Q80 Inspiration is a concept vehicle, but there is a production intent associated with it," added Bancon. "The naming of the car indicates that something like the Q80 Inspiration will be in our portfolio of the future. This vehicle will inspire all of our future products."

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