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Infiniti News: Infiniti Looks To Hybrids for High-Performance Vehicles

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William Maley    393

Infiniti and high-performance vehicles just never seem to happen. We hear about plans and see concepts that preview an upcoming model. Then, the plans fall through. The latest victim was the Q50 Eau Rouge concept that was officially canceled last year.

 

Still, Infiniti isn't giving up the dream. Infiniti's European boss François Goupil de Bouille tells Autocar that the brand knows it needs a halo vehicle (such as performance model) and hinted that hybrid power could be used for it.

 

“Having halo cars is important, but historically brands develop their base and then add in these higher-end models. One day the question will come for Infiniti, but at the moment our focus is on building the core," Goupil de Bouille said. (In terms of Europe, not North America. -WM)

 

“But if you look at what we are doing in F1 then you can see some possibilities. We worked closely with Red Bull, but now with Renault we are more integrated than ever and have taken charge of the hybrid modules on the F1 car. That gives an idea of the direction in which we are going in terms of performance and, while no decisions have been taken for road cars, when we are ready to discuss it, there is one opportunity there.”

 

But like previous times with any talk of an Infiniti performance vehicle, we'll believe when we see it.

 

Source: Autocar



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dfelt    1,773

People complain about cadillac not moving fast enough. Infiniti is even slower and truly will be far into the future.

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ocnblu    733

People complain about cadillac not moving fast enough. Infiniti is even slower and truly will be far into the future.

You mean like into infinity?

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smk4565    321

I give them credit for putting a 400 hp V6 into the Q50 for $49k, that is good performance per dollar.  But their V8 is dated, that 420 hp was good back in 2010, but all the V8s have turbos on them now, make huge torque, and get better milage than that 5.6 liter engine Infiniti has.  They never made a performance M56 or Q70 car, never made a true sports car, never made a 500 hp car, etc, etc.  Infiniti tried to build themselves as a performance brand with 328 hp sedans.  There just isn't a lot of wow factor in that.   And the other guys have so many performance models now, Infiniti is just so far behind.

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