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.
Unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the new Infiniti Emerg-E Concept mid-ship sports car provides a preview into the future of the carmaker.
Essentially, the new Emerg-E Concept serves as proof of the premium carmaker’s intention to create a bold halo model that would fulfill its promise of Inspired Performance. Moreover, the new Emerg-E Concept shows the suite of new technologies that Infiniti plans to employ to create dramatic and sustainable high performance cars. In addition, the new Infiniti Emerg-E also freshly expresses Infiniti's new design language, marking the first time that this DNA is implemented on a high performance, mid-ship sports car.
Interestingly, the new Emerg-E Concept mid-ship sports car is the first Infiniti car that was developed in Europe. Likewise, the advanced technologies employed in the new Emerg-E Concept are derived from suppliers that are beyond the carmaker’s typical supply base. This allowed the new Emerg-E Concept to access the deepest knowledge base and to offer the most innovative hardware. In the process, Infiniti managed to become a part of the UK government's Technology Strategy Board initiative, which intends to hasten the rollout of low carbon vehicles into the roads.
Likewise, the new Infiniti Emerg-E Concept could be considered as the brand’s ultimate expression of inspired performance. Powered by a system that makes use of a conventional engine and twin electric motors that develops a total output of 402 bhp (300 kW), the Infiniti Emerg-E Concept could sprint from zero to 60 mph in just four seconds, and from nil to 130 mph in 30 seconds. Amazingly, the Emerg-E Concept could engage in pure electric driving for around 30 miles. Once its range-extender engine kicks in to work in unison with the twin electric motors, the Emerg-E Concept only emits 55 grams of carbon dioxide per km, as per the NEDC cycle.