One will be a mid-cycle update of the Q50 sedan, the brand’s best seller. The other, the sporty hybrid, is dubbed Project Black S and is based on the Q60 coupe, Infiniti President Roland Krueger said.
The arches have been widened to accommodate an increase in track, and filled with enormous 21-inch alloy wheels. Under the bonnet you’ll find the same 400bhp, four-wheel drive twin-turbo V6 setup as the existing Q60 range-topper, but Infiniti won’t just be leaving it there. The plan is to develop an F1-inspired Kers system to up that figure to 500bhp.
Infiniti primarily views F1 as a marketing tool, and relies on its corporate cousin Renault to actually win races and generate good publicity. Renault has had plenty of past F1 success, but has struggled lately under the new hybrid format. We’ll have more details on Project Black S and Infiniti’s plans for it when the Geneva Motor Show opens next week, so stay tuned.
The partners’ confidence in the Black S project is underscored by the powerful presence of Mat Weaver’s body redesign, which completely replaces the Q60’s front and rear bumpers with more aggressive, downforce generating designs, plus neat side-skirts, working air-vents in the bonnet and front wings and massive “blued” titanium tailpipes. The Black S wheels are special design 21-inch alloys.