2018 Infiniti Project Black S Concept
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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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 ;)
2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept
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.
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2016 Infiniti Project Black S
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
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.
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2017 Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition
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
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2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe
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.
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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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