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.
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.
"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.
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