It has been quite a while since Infiniti has spoken on its Q-inspiration concept. First unveiled to us back in 2014, this sedan was aimed to lead the luxury brand's fleet as the flagship sedan, or at least foreshadow what was to come of the future. But it has been almost 5 years, and they still don't have an official release date, if any. Infiniti won't address production plans for the concept.
The most intriguing thing about the Infiniti Q80 is that Infiniti has claimed it to be the first sedan that truly defines "the next step in the evolution of sedans". A pretty large statement, to say the least. Infiniti has set the bar pretty high already, sources report a claimed 3.0L 450 horsepower twin-turbo V6 and an electric motor hybrid system combining for a total 550 horsepower. It is also said to be powered through a 9-speed automatic transmission. Even with this high power output, and what I can assume to be a pretty heavy chassis, they still claim it can do 45mpg. I'm already interested, and the concept design looks incredible, but will we ever see it? If we do, will it even look remotely the same? The plush interior promises plenty of alcantara and clean swooping dash lines, sure to be fitted with all sorts of gadgets and luxuries. Two suicide doors lead entry to the sedan, effortlessly thanks to the absence of a B-pillar.
Recently, Infiniti did however give us a q80 coupe rendering, which is also pretty minimalistic in design, in a good way. Lots of clean, crisp, defining lines and sharp angles make the coupe/sedan couple stand out amongst its likely competition. This would most likely include the Porsche Panamera, Audi A7, BMW 6 series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class for the sedan, and the coupe could be comparable to the BMW 8-series, Chevy Corvette C8, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.
Even if for some disappointing reason Infiniti decides to not produce the Q80, or even produce a much less exciting Q80 model, we can at least look to this inspiration as the aim for Infiniti's lineup by 2021, where they have committed to selling only electrified vehicles. In fact, we saw the Infiniti Q60 Project Black S, the potential performance focused coupe for the track, which does share similar design DNA elements.
What do you think of this "inspiration"? Let me know below in the comments.