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Infiniti reveals Q60 Project Black S

By Louis Cordony, 07 Mar 2017 News

Infiniti reveals Q60 Project Black S

Nissan’s luxury arm injects F1-tech into its coupe

Remember Infiniti’s foregone Q50 Eau Rouge, the four-door GT-R which signalled it wanted a taste of Germany’s best? Well, the brand’s back with another bold statement.

Infiniti’s revealed a concept Q60 featuring technology inspired by the world’s most advanced race engines and says it might one day make production.

Infiniti-Q60-Project-Black-S-frontDubbed the Project Black S, it’s relied on its technical partnership with the Renault Sport F1 team to inject similar hybrid-tech into its two-door coupe.

As you might know, F1 cars rely on a hybrid-system that harvests energy from the engine and turbocharger. This charges batteries, which spool the turbocharger or boost power on straights.

Infiniti hints this type of arrangement’s been adapted to its Q60’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, saying the Black S uses an Energy Recovery System to boost power and torque and “does not yet exist in a road car”.

Infiniti-Q60-Project-Black-S-rearThe claimed benefits are lag-free acceleration and a 25 per cent increase in power, which would lift power in the Q60’s new twin-turbo V6 (currently found here in the Q50 Red Sport) from 298kW to 373kW.

A titanium exhaust that finishes with drain-sized tips helps underscore the car’s intent, while the front bumper's been opened up to cool and feed the energetic V6.

Infiniti-Q60-Project-Black-S-grillThe bodywork’s also copped lots of carbon fibre to signal the car’s performance bent. The carbon-fibre onslaught begins with a front splitter setup and side skirts, before trailing into a rear diffuser and fairly aggro spoiler.

Meanwhile, thanks to the work of its London design studio, all remnants of staid luxury have been flicked, the car swapping metal gloss trim for gloss black replacements.

Infiniti-Q60-Project-Black-S-sideHuge 21-inch wheels sneak wider tyres under the car’s guards and shelter similarly sized brakes.

Like what you see? The company says it’ll be gauging interest on the Project Black S ahead of plans to introduce a line of cars which will inject a higher-grade of performance into its line-up.

It’ll be on display at the Geneva Motor Show, which kicks off this weekend.