Hot off the press tonight is this confirmation of what we’d heard months ago: a new twin-turbo 3 liter V-6 as an option for the Q60 (and undoubtedly the Q50). Infiniti is using the introduction of the Q60 concept to announce the new engine.
But there is also the bad news: an enhanced version of the Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering™. This was a bust when introduced in the Q50… and word from Infiniti was that it was to be dropped and that they would revert back to the G37 steering system. This is certainly bad news… an unwelcome technology that leaves handling unsure and devoid of feel. Or did Infiniti fix it? Is it even fixable (we doubt it)? We’ll have to wait and see… but we have our doubts.
Nonetheless, the good news is the new engine. Power, torque, emissions – all in one. We’ve always said that the Infiniti G37 was a terrific package, only in need of more power. Our own supercharged G37 demonstrated what 500 (flywheel) horsepower and plenty of torque could do in that chassis… and it was more than up to it. Now we’ll get a portion of that from the factory TT engine (400?).
Infiniti Press Release follows:
Jan. 11, 2015
Infiniti Q60 Concept: Fusing exhilaration and power
- Infiniti’s precursor to a high-performance sports coupe
- Unique proposition of striking styling and high-output powertrain in a premium package
- Previews new family of powerful and efficient engines
Hong Kong/Detroit – Infiniti has set out to captivate the imagination and exhilaration of sports coupe fans with the stunning Q60 Concept. Premiered at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the two-door concept hints at Infiniti’s next sports coupe.
The show-stopping Q60 Concept is an original and bold reinterpretation of an elegant lifestyle 2+2 coupe. Its unique combination of eye-catching contours, heart-pumping power and high-quality premium finishes gives premium customers a fresh and expressive style icon to which they can aspire.
“The Q60 Concept is Infiniti’s most emotional and accessible concept so far,” said Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President, Product Strategy.
“This concept goes beyond a flight-of-fancy design exercise; it is the next proof point in Infiniti’s concept-to-production approach. Come next year, Infiniti will produce a sports coupe with influences from the Q60 Concept.”
The two-door fastback is concept vehicle for which Infiniti has a firm and clear intent for production. Similarly, the Q30 Concept, which debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show about 15 months ago, is also planned to go into production this year. The breathtaking Q80 Inspiration was premiered at the Paris Motor Show in September.
Infiniti continues to broaden its lineup to cover the spectrum from smaller premium vehicles, namely the Q30, to full-size cars such as the Q70L. The seductive Q60 Concept reflects Infiniti’s intention to strengthen its offerings in the mid-size segment and to cement its credentials as a premium brand driven by performance.
Progressive design, inside and out
Infiniti designers set out to create a sports car with a powerful road presence to match its top-notch performance. And the result is immediately obvious from the precise lines, sharp edges, striking dips in the body sides – all of which come together to give the Q60 Concept a formidable stance on the road.
Hunkering down at 4690 mm (184.6 inches) long, 1865 mm (73.4 inches) wide and 1370 mm (53.9 inches) high, the two-door concept is as sporty in motion as it is at rest, with coupe-style exterior lines that stoke desire and aspiration.
The character lines running the length of the car from the double arch grille to the aerodynamic tail spoiler gives the vehicle its assertive look from front to rear. On the sides, the shoulder dips in with such a striking depth that it amplifies the visual excitement of the cabin.
The designers also emphasized the wheels to give the Q60 Concept an athletic profile. Donning arresting spokes in matte blacks and high-gloss black chromes, the deep 21-inch wheels fill up the wheel arches and give the concept its domineering stance.
The same refinement on the outside extends into the smallest detail on the inside, evoking a premium atmosphere with three-dimensional textures and meticulous craftsmanship.
Stitched by hand, the leather-wrapped instrument panel, steering wheel and door inserts all bear testament to bespoke finesse. Carbon fiber in the door accents also echoes the performance of the car. High-quality driver-oriented controls intuitively build driver confidence.
The seats have also been designed to complement the car’s character. An array of leathers was used to bring out the best comfort, from premium saddle leather to thick cushion quilting. Even oft-ignored rear passengers get stylish bucket seats, adding to the premium environment in the car.
The Q60 Concept is expected to deliver exceptional performance befitting a true-blue sports car from the next-generation 3.0-liter V6 engine with direct injection and twin-turbocharging.
This all-new engine was first previewed in the Q80 Inspiration during the Paris Motor Show and will be part of a new family of lighter, smaller, more efficient and more powerful engines.
Slated to be introduced within the next two years, this new line of engines significantly reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions while boosting power and torque for a more thrilling drive.
The Q60 Concept also showcases a host of ingenious technologies to not only enrich the driving experience but also provide an intuitive level of driving assistance where required. This is in line with Infiniti’s philosophy that technology should enhance the driver, not restrict them.
For example, the enhanced Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering™ system allows independent control of the car’s tire angle and steering inputs, transmitting the driver’s intentions to the wheels faster than a mechanical system.
This increases the direct driving performance feel by quickly and intelligently communicating road surface feedback to the driver. Developed after more than 10 years of research, the system was a world’s first when it premiered on the Q50.
Apart from augmenting the driving experience, the Q60 Concept puts the spotlight back on the desires and needs of the driver and passengers through human-centric systems that provide a higher degree of available personalization.
This is made possible with the new Infiniti InTuition™ system, a fully customizable digital environment, which works with the vehicle’s advanced Intelligent Keys to recognize the vehicle settings for up to four different drivers, including preferences for driving position, heating and cooling, audio, navigation, telematics.
“The Q60 Concept is Infiniti’s vision for a sports coupe,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director. “Design, performance and premium quality – these are what makes a sports coupe stand above the crowd. And these are what you’ll find on the definitive Q60 Concept.”
Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The Infiniti brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States and China. Production in the UK will start in 2015, bringing with it significant expansion of the brand’s portfolio. Infiniti plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017.
As the Title Partner and Vehicle Performance Partner of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Infiniti has a far-reaching technical collaboration with the four-time FIA Formula One World Championship winning Team.