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Paris premiere for Infiniti Q80 Inspiration concept

Featuring an advanced adaptive suspension system and a strong, light chassis, the Q80 also uses acoustic glass throughout the car in an effort to deliver a premium driving experience
Featuring an advanced adaptive suspension system and a strong, light chassis, the Q80 also uses acoustic glass throughout the car in an effort to deliver a premium driving experience
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Featuring an advanced adaptive suspension system and a strong, light chassis, the Q80 also uses acoustic glass throughout the car in an effort to deliver a premium driving experience
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Featuring an advanced adaptive suspension system and a strong, light chassis, the Q80 also uses acoustic glass throughout the car in an effort to deliver a premium driving experience
The Q80 Inspiration concept features design similarities to Nissan's Sport Sedan Concept, which made an appearance in New York earlier this year
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The Q80 Inspiration concept features design similarities to Nissan's Sport Sedan Concept, which made an appearance in New York earlier this year
The Q80 Inspiration's aesthetic treatments on profile communicate both Infiniti and Nissan's future design intentions (Photo: Angus MacKenzie/Gizmag)
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The Q80 Inspiration's aesthetic treatments on profile communicate both Infiniti and Nissan's future design intentions (Photo: Angus MacKenzie/Gizmag)
The hind-quarters on the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept share details with the Q80 concept (Photo: Angus MacKenzie/Gizmag)
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The hind-quarters on the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept share details with the Q80 concept (Photo: Angus MacKenzie/Gizmag)
The Infiniti Eau Rogue concept
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The Infiniti Eau Rogue concept
The Q80 Inspiration's aesthetic treatments on profile communicate both Infiniti's future design intentions (Photo: Angus MacKenzie/Gizmag)
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The Q80 Inspiration's aesthetic treatments on profile communicate both Infiniti's future design intentions (Photo: Angus MacKenzie/Gizmag)
The hind-quarters on the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept share details with the Q80 concept (Photo: Angus MacKenzie/Gizmag)
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The hind-quarters on the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept share details with the Q80 concept (Photo: Angus MacKenzie/Gizmag)

Infiniti has released a sneak preview of its Q80 Inspiration hybrid concept ahead of its world debut at the Paris Auto show next week. The four-door concept is set to provide a glimpse into Infiniti’s future models and powertrain offerings.

Designed to compete against the world’s premium 4-door performers, the Q80 Inspiration’s high-performance mandate is supplemented by a hybrid-electric powertrain.

While its design looks extreme in the only image released thus far, the Q80 concept does seem to share stylistic similarities with Nissan's Sport Sedan Concept that we saw at the New York Auto Show earlier this year, particularly in the rear fender areas.

The hind-quarters on the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept share details with the Q80 concept (Photo: Angus MacKenzie/Gizmag)
The hind-quarters on the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept share details with the Q80 concept (Photo: Angus MacKenzie/Gizmag)

Infiniti says the concept features an advanced adaptive suspension system and a strong, light chassis. Its low aggressive stance, fast flowing lines and big 22 inch alloys add up to a fast, futuristic look that's further enhanced by the absence of side mirrors, a near invisible rear door seam and a narrowing, full length “teardrop” roofline finished off with dark acoustic glass. The sculpted doors, which open portal style, allow streetside gawkers to enjoy an unobstructed view of the concept’s interior when opened.

At more than 16 ft long (5.05 m) with a wheelbase of 10.2 feet (3.1 m) – that's longer than a BMW 6-series – the Q80 is unlikely to be the vehicle of choice when navigating parking garages.

Inside the Q80’s cabin, passengers are enveloped in carbon fiber, aluminum and leather, in what Infiniti describes as a "1 + 1 + 1 + 1" seating configuration.

The Infiniti Eau Rogue concept
The Infiniti Eau Rogue concept

"After showing the Q30 Concept and Q50 Eau Rouge, Infiniti is eager to show the upper range of our portfolio expansion," says Infiniti Executive Design Director, Alfonso Albaisa. "In the Q80 Inspiration, we wanted to capture that unforgettable feeling when you experience something important, something beautiful, something magnetic for the first time."

The Infiniti Q80 Inspiration concept will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show on October 2. We can't wait to see it in the flesh.

Source: Infiniti

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Stephen N Russell
build this Infiniti, awesome sedan.