Nissan’s posh sub-brand is teasing us with the Infiniti Project Black S concept for the Paris motor show, packing a dual-hybrid powertrain worth 563 horsepower
Infiniti has to either put up or shut up from now on, because the Japanese company has been rolling out concept after mouthwatering concept without living up to the hype once.
Let’s not even mention the fantastic yet implausible Prototype 10 and Prototype 9 – we’re not even mad about that. But it’s been four years and Infiniti still hasn’t done anything about the Q50 Eau Rouge concept (basically a four-door Nissan GT-R) or the Q80 Inspiration concept which was touted as the company’s next flagship.
Now they’re at it again, having just revealed the new Infiniti Project Black S prototype, which sounds too good to pass up. In short, you get a Q60 coupe with 563 horsepower, which means zero to 100km/h in less than four seconds.
To achieve the figure Infiniti borrowed some F1 tech, and packed Project Black S with a dual-hybrid powertrain comprising a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 and electric bits. Since the combustion engine develops 400 horsepower the hybrid solution provides another 163 horsepower on top of that.
Since it’s made with input from the Renault F1 team (the French own Nissan and Nissan owns Infiniti) it’s a pretty complicated but effective way of getting performance out of a car – the Infiniti Project Black S employs three motors, an electric regenerating system, two turbochargers, and a pair of heat harvesting units which recover every from the exhaust gases.
Infiniti is planning to offer electric options throughout its line-up from 2021, so they’ll be running out of excuses unless they put this thing into production within three years.