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2018 Infiniti Project Black S Concept

2018 Infiniti Project Black S Concept

Head-turning looks, top-shelf speed, and a bright hybrid future

Like pretty much every other major automaker out there, Infiniti is signaling a strong move towards electrification in the very near future, with a particularly heavy emphasis on the tech slated for 2021 and onward. While some enthusiasts will undoubtedly cringe at the thought of yet more battery-powered vehicles plying the roads, Infiniti is proving that such a fate is anything but boring, especially when it comes infused with technology plucked from the high-speed world of Formula 1 racing. Which brings us to the latest Project Black S concept, which recently made its big debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Offered as an evolution of the previous Infiniti Project Black S that dropped at the Geneva Auto Show a few years back, this latest creation is based on the utterly fantastic Q60 Red Sport 400 sports coupe, and provides both aesthetic and technical details on how Infiniti plans to implement hybrid technology to spark the interest of speed lovers everywhere.

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Infiniti Spills the Beans on Sexy Project Black S

Infiniti Spills the Beans on Sexy Project Black S

Sick-looking coupe concept is a window to Infiniti’s future

The Infiniti Black S Prototype is proof that the technological divide between production vehicles and Formula One race cars is shrinking. The Hong Kong-based luxury brand of Nissan unveiled a modified version of the coupe at a private party in Paris, showcasing a hybrid electric powertrain developed by the Renault Sport Formula One team. The concept isn’t earmarked for production — not yet, at least — but it does offer a glimpse of Infiniti’s goal to use hybrid and electric powertrains on all of its models by 2021.

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Infiniti Project Black S Gets Hybrid Powertrain for Paris

Infiniti Project Black S Gets Hybrid Powertrain for Paris

Nissan’s luxury brand is setting a high bar with the updated Project Black S Prototype

Infiniti is bringing back the Project Black S Prototype with an updated powertrain made up of its 3.0-liter VR30 twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and a unique energy recovery system. The powertrain is one of a number of improvements Infiniti made on the concept, which was first unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The Project Black S Prototype represents what Infiniti describes as the “very top end of electrification in the (Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi) Alliance portfolio. It also acts as a benchmark in the company’s pursuit to electrifying its lineup by 2021.

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The Infiniti Project Black S Will Showcase Infiniti's High-Performance Electrified Drivetrain

The Infiniti Project Black S Will Showcase Infiniti’s High-Performance Electrified Drivetrain

Will Infiniti launch a street-legal model with the same technology?

Infiniti recently announced its plans to electrify its portfolio from 2021; and, as part of this process, the automaker will reveal the Project Black S prototype at the Paris Motor Show. The Project Black S will be Infiniti’s way of showing the world how a Formula One Dual-hybrid powertrain can be used in a road car. Exciting, right?

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2018 Infinity Prototype 10 Concept

2018 Infinity Prototype 10 Concept

The future of Infiniti’s electrification plans takes the shape of a classic speedster with a modern twist

Infiniti has pulled the wraps off of the Inspiration 10 Concept, providing us a good look at what Infiniti’s future design language could look like. Like its predecessor, the Inspiration 9 Concept, the Inspiration 10 Concept is infused with retro styling, culled from classic speedsters and sculpted with modern design characteristics. Infiniti believes that the concept can serve as a springboard into the design of its future models. As such, the Inspiration 10 Concept is not expected to become a production model anytime soon.

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Infiniti will Awe the Crowds Again with an Electric Speedster at Pebble Beach

Infiniti will Awe the Crowds Again with an Electric Speedster at Pebble Beach

It’s been just 12 months since the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance was rocked by Infiniti’s unveiling of a Pre-War inspired concept named the Prototype 9. It was one of the best looking concept cars of 2017, and it was electric, which is what everyone is asking for nowadays. All this means that Karim Habib’s first job as chief designer at Infiniti must be a stunner, and the first glimpse we’ve got suggests just that.

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Infiniti's Single-Seater Concept Teased with Sleek Lines and a Lot of Attitude

Infiniti’s Single-Seater Concept Teased with Sleek Lines and a Lot of Attitude

Could a future electric, track-spec race car be in Infiniti’s future?

Infiniti’s teasing game of its Pebble Beach-bound concept continues, and the latest tease finally gives us a good look at the car in all its entirety. Not surprisingly, the new concept, called the Prototype 10, looks nothing like the Prototype 9, the retro stylized concept vehicle Infiniti unveiled at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Prototype 10 is a modern, maybe even futuristic, interpretation of an electric, track-spec speedster that may or may not end up in production.

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Pebble Beach to be Graced by Infiniti Electrified Performance Concept

Pebble Beach to be Graced by Infiniti Electrified Performance Concept

Another year, another interesting Pebble Beach-bound concept from Nissan’s luxury brand

The 2018 Pebble Concours d’Elegance is playing host to a number of extraordinary concepts, including one from Infiniti that’s being billed as an electric vehicle concept. The description doesn’t do justice to the accompanying teaser image, which shows the concept’s cabin taken from a birds-eye-view perspective. The teaser doesn’t reveal too much, but it does show enough for us to assume that the concept could have some loose connection to the Prototype 9 Concept that Infiniti showcased last year at Pebble Beach.

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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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Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Infiniti QX30

Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Infiniti QX30

Infiniti’s compact competitor that made a big splash

When Infiniti decided to enter the compact crossover segment, we were a little worried, but then we found out that the QX30 was going to have just the slightest bit of Mercedes DNA. We started to get excited. Come 2016, and we finally got to lay eyes on the 2017 QX30, and we were amazed. It’s currently giving the competition a serious run for their money and damn does it look good. Now that some time has passed since it made its debut, we’ve decided it’s about time for the QX30 to spend a little bit of time as TopSpeed’s official wallpaper. We’ve added it to every screen in the building, and we want to share our hand-picked favorite with you. Go ahead and spruce up your desktop with our favorite or one from our extended gallery.

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2018 Infiniti QX80 by Larte Design

2018 Infiniti QX80 by Larte Design

There’s definitely no turning back for the QX80 if it gets this way-too aggressive body kit from the German tuner

For the longest time, the Infiniti QX80 suffered from a design that made it look like it preferred to be sleeping in a hammock than being out and about in the road. The refreshed 2018 model fixed some of those issues with new headlamps and a more upright profile, but there’s still something about the full-sized SUV’s design that lacks the personality that’s evident in the QX60 and QX70. Well, in times like this, the solution may not be found with the automaker itself, but rather, in the aftermarket tuning world. In this case, German tuner Larte Design is on the scene with a super aggressive body kit that not breathes much-needed life into Infiniti’s resident flagship SUV.

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Subtle Update For The 2018.5 Infiniti QX30 Brings Important Safety Tech As Standard

Subtle Update For The 2018.5 Infiniti QX30 Brings Important Safety Tech As Standard

It is not exactly common to see a new car unveiled with a designation such as the 2018.5 Infiniti QX30. Nevertheless, Infiniti’s new QX30 received a few changes compared with the 2018 model. Most importantly, automatic emergency braking, previously optionally available only for top two trim levels, is now a standard issue across the range.

And the range has a different ring to it. For the 2018.5 Infiniti QX30 (official Infiniti designation, mind you), trim levels were renamed, equipment shuffled, and prices went up a bit. What once was Base, Luxury, and Premium, now is Pure, Luxe and Essential. It has a better ring to it without a doubt. The only trim level that retains the old name is the Sport.

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With the Exception of the QX80, Infiniti's Entire Lineup Will Have Some Sort of Electrification from 2021 On

With the Exception of the QX80, Infiniti’s Entire Lineup Will Have Some Sort of Electrification from 2021 On

The new e-Power platform will offer hybrid and EV solutions

Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury division, is working on a new platform for electric models that will hit the market in 2021. The underpinnings are said to debut in an all-electric model, but will eventually make in every model in the company’s lineup except the QX80. According to Automotive News, the SUV will continue to use the body-on-frame platform from the Nissan Armada/Patrol, while everything else will have some sort of electrification from 2021 onward.

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Infiniti Will Take on Tesla, Mercedes with New Platform Based on the Q Inspiration Concept

Infiniti Will Take on Tesla, Mercedes with New Platform Based on the Q Inspiration Concept

Who knew the Q Inspiration Concept would be such an important prototype for Infiniti

When Infiniti rolled out the Q Inspiration Concept at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, not a lot of people thought that it would be such an important prototype for the company. It turns out; the Q Inspiration Concept isn’t only important in the loosest translation of the word, it’s important enough that Infiniti is using it as the basis for its future electrified vehicle platform. This new platform, according to Infiniti chairman Roland Krueger, will sit at the heart of the automaker’s future electric car lineup, which will include models that will take on Tesla, Mercedes EQ, and all other electric brands that are sprouting up these days.

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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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2018 Infiniti Q50 Sport - Driven

2018 Infiniti Q50 Sport - Driven

Every time I drive an Infiniti sedan or sport coupe, I’m struck by how much performance you get for your money. My time in a 2018 Infiniti Q50 Sport was no exception to the rule.

I found myself kind of falling for the Q50 Sport. It was handsome, it handled well, and it had a honey of an engine. Any car that gets those fundamentals right will win my respect and admiration, even if I think some things could be improved.

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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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