Infiniti Q60 Black S Arrives To Take On The BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe

After the recent reveal of the Infiniti’s impressive Q60 Project Black S concept at the 2017 Geneva auto show, it looks like it will soon be in production.

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Bernard Michel heads up Infiniti’s Australian division and he has told reporters that they are already at an “advanced” stage with a production version of the Q60 concept. He was asked directly if they have the go ahead to go into production and according to reports, his answer was a resounding yes. He went onto discuss how Roland Krueger, who currently heads up Infiniti is a former BMW executive.

He wants to see an exciting high-performance model in their range. “Roland Krueger who is the Infiniti CEO, he comes from BMW, so performance-based cars, and he has an objective, he wants to see these sorts of projects come to life,” Michel told reporters. “He’s pushing this agenda and he wants to have a fast flagship for the company.” This is not the first time that Infiniti have tried this segment of the market.

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The followed a similar route with the Q50 Eau Rouge concept. It also had the go ahead for production. The GT-R-powered sedan was unveiled in 2014 and was the project the Infiniti boss at the time, Johan de Nysschen. When he left the same year to head up Cadillac, the project did not go any further. Michel said in his interview that a he does not see the same thing happening with the Q60 Project Black S.

He said, “Let’s just say under the new regime of management I doubt that [would happen again].” The team at Renault Sport Formula One have been involved as partners on the Q60 Project Black S and they in turn have benefited from Infiniti’s knowledge in hybrid technology. Both teams are involved in the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance.

The Infiniti’s 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, which also boasts a hybrid system, peaks at about 500 horsepower. It is believed that the hybrid system they have implemented works along the same lines as that used in F1 whereby one motor-generator is mounted to the turbo system while the other is mounted to the engine. We will have to wait with eager anticipation to see the outcome of this project.