Infiniti is planning to launch its upcoming luxury supercar between 2017 and 2018. Infiniti's chief for Europe, Fintan Knight, told Autocar that they are still evaluating whether the new supercar should have a front or mid-engined layout. Knight also told AutoCar that they are also still determining the powertrain to be used for the new supercar.
Infiniti has hinted on the styling and looks of its planned supercar by unveiling its Essence and Emerg-e concepts. Infiniti’s supercar is likely to be engineered with input from Red Bull Racing, of which the carmaker is a major sponsor. It is thought that Red Bull Racing's involvement in the supercar project is a formality since it would leverage Infiniti's sponsorship of the F1 team.
This may mean that the supercar’s powertrain will mirror that of an F1 racer, likely with a V6 engine paired to a hybrid system. As Infiniti has already managed to develop new premium models that chained the missing links in its range of luxury saloons and sports utility vehicles, the next likely move is to develop a supercar.
Infiniti is launching its Q50 saloon in the United Kingdom, replacing its four-door G37. Infiniti’s next offering will be a premium crossover similar to the Nissan Juke in size. The crossover will likely be badged as QX30, on sale in 2015 and tipped to be previewed by a design concept at next month's Frankfurt motor show.