INFINITI and Renault Sport Formula One join forces to create Project Black S

  • Project Black S explores the potential for a new INFINITI high-performance model line
  • Radical reinterpretation of the INFINITI Q60 coupe hints at performance hybrid powertrain, inspired by Formula One energy recovery systems
  • Extensive use of carbon fiber for revised design that enhances aerodynamic performance and cooling
  • Makes its public debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show

 

GENEVA – INFINITI’s Project Black S explores the potential for a new INFINITI performance grade, featuring unique-for-the-road technology inspired by Formula One.

Suggesting a radical reinterpretation of the INFINITI Q60 coupe, the Project Black S features a stand-out, aerodynamically-optimized new design. It also hints at how a performance hybrid powertrain – developed in close collaboration with the Renault Sport Formula One Team – could significantly enhance the performance and dynamics of an INFINITI production car.

The performance hybrid powertrain being explored through Project Black S features an ‘energy recovery system’ (ERS) to harvest energy, deploying recovered electric power to boost power and torque. The result is instant, significant, lag-free acceleration. Inspired by the dual-hybrid system proven in Formula One, the technology does not yet exist in a current road car.

A new ‘Black S’ grade, showcased by the new concept, could represent the maximum level of performance and dynamic capability offered by INFINITI. The company believes there is potential for a ‘Black S’ grade that offers progressive levels of product enhancement – including higher power and torque from innovative powertrains, new or uprated suspension systems, and unique design elements.

The unveiling of the Project Black S concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show will help to gauge potential interest in high-performance derivatives of INFINITI cars.

 

Project Black S: in collaboration with Renault Sport Formula One

  • Project Black S is a celebration of INFINITI’s relationship with the Renault Sport Formula One Team
  • Two Alliance partners collaborate to develop powerful Formula One-inspired performance hybrid powertrain and carbon fiber bodywork

INFINITI is the premium car manufacturer within the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and a technical partner to the Renault Sport Formula One Team, so it is natural that we come together to explore the possibility of bringing innovative high-performance hybrid technology to our customers.”

Roland Krueger, President of INFINITI

Project Black S is a collaborative venture between INFINITI and its Renault-Nissan Alliance partner, the Renault Sport Formula One Team, celebrating the relationship between the two.

After five years as a sponsor in Formula One, INFINITI made the move to become a technical partner in 2016. Drawing on the expertise gained developing hybrid technologies during this time, the company has supported the Renault Sport Formula One Team’s development of a dual-hybrid powertrain with an ‘energy recovery system’ (ERS), contributing knowledge in hybrid technology and additional engineering resources.

This technical collaboration has enabled INFINITI to explore the potential for a road-going Formula One-inspired ERS system – a first for a production vehicle. With its multiple links to motorsport, Project Black S would be the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s first consumer-facing Formula One-inspired car. INFINITI has also called upon the team’s high level of expertise in advanced composite materials to create the carbon fiber bodywork elements of the Project Black S.

INFINITI continues to benefit – operationally and technically – from its position within the thriving Renault-Nissan Alliance. The 18-year old partnership sold close to 10-million vehicles in 2016, one in nine of all cars sold globally. That represents Alliance sales growth of 16.8 per cent over 2015 results and marks the Alliance as the fourth largest automaker. Combined savings of €4.3bn in 2015 were achieved through closer integration and synergy efficiencies.

Performance engineering: Formula One hybrid technology for the road

  • INFINITI is investigating the potential for unique Formula One-inspired hybrid technology in a production car
  • Energy recovery system could contribute to a 25 percent increase in power for INFINITI’s new 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine

INFINITI is leading the way with innovative new powertrain technology for consumers, such as the award-winning 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, and VC-Turbo, the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine. With Project Black S, we are looking at how a unique performance hybrid energy recovery system could be adapted from Formula One for use on the road.”

Francois Bancon, Vice President, Global Product Strategy, INFINITI

With Project Black S, INFINITI is exploring the possibility of bringing to market a unique road-ready performance hybrid powertrain.

Project Black S suggests how higher power and torque output could be deployed by fusing the performance hybrid technology with the award-winning 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine, the most advanced V6 engine INFINITI has ever offered. An innovative ‘energy recovery system’ (ERS) could contribute to greater performance.

In its Formula One application, the technology employs two types of motor generator unit (MGU) and a battery pack to gather, store and recycle electrical energy. The Renault Sport Formula One ERS system features an MGU-K unit to harvest kinetic energy from braking, and an MGU-H unit – fitted to the turbocharger – to harvest heat energy from exhaust gases.

The energy harvested by each of the MGUs is stored in high-rate discharge lithium-ion batteries, with the recovered electric power deployed to rotate the crankshaft and turbocharger turbine blades more quickly.

Project Black S explores how MGU technology, paired with high-rate discharge batteries, could be adapted for road use. A production car with Formula One-inspired performance hybrid technology would benefit from greater power and torque, and instant, lag-free acceleration. INFINITI powertrain engineers have calculated that a performance hybrid ERS could contribute to an approximate 25% improvement in maximum power output.

INFINITI believes the Q60 sports coupe could provide the ideal platform for a performance hybrid powertrain, and the concept vehicle revealed in Geneva features a range of further modifications to realize maximum performance. These include a new high-performance titanium twin exhaust system, maximizing the efficiency of air flow through the powertrain.

Project Black S also suggests how lightweight 21-inch wheels and wider performance tires could be deployed for greater traction, while hinting at a weight reduction program to fully offset the additional weight of the performance hybrid system. A ‘Black S’ production car could also benefit from further tuning and modifications to the chassis and suspension.

A performance-inspired design aesthetic

  • Project Black S to help gauge potential interest in a ‘Black S’ grade
  • Extensive use of carbon fiber aids aerodynamic efficiency and enables a motorsport-inspired aesthetic with beneficial weight saving

“Project Black S is a daring and elevated representation of INFINITI’s performance DNA. It expresses our desire to create cars that are designed to perform, marrying the potency of a high-performance powertrain with a muscular new design. This project has given us the opportunity to experiment with advanced materials to create a performance-inspired aesthetic that draws on INFINITI’s motorsport ties through the Alliance.”

Alfonso Albaisa, Executive Design Director, INFINITI

The ‘Black S’ grade, hinted at with Project Black S, signifies INFINITI’s desire to realize higher levels of performance and driver engagement. ‘Black S’ models could expand what the existing INFINITI range offers drivers, with higher performance, powertrain developments, modified chassis settings, and a range of performance-inspired design elements. The introduction of a ‘Black S’ specification would enhance INFINITI’s reputation as a manufacturer of premium vehicles that customers love to drive.

Project Black S hints at a more aggressive, performance-enhanced offering from INFINITI. Design work has been led by INFINITI’s London studio in Paddington, under the management of the INFINITI Global Design Center in Japan. The INFINITI Design London team has created an interpretation of the Q60 sports coupe with Formula One-inspired, performance hybrid power in mind.

The concept vehicle is finished in matte grey and black. Gloss black trim replaces the chrome found on the standard car, which surrounds the double-arch grille and lines the crescent-cut C-pillar.

The extensive application of carbon fiber elevates the Project Black S concept above other INFINITI grades as the ultimate expression of a driver’s car, drawing inspiration from the brand’s involvement with motorsport. Alluding to the performance potential of a ‘Black S’ model, the use of carbon fiber has allowed INFINITI to sculpt thin, blade-like design forms that would not be possible with traditional materials, such as metal or fiberglass. While the Q60’s organic and artistic design aesthetic remains, the use of carbon fiber has added a more technical element. Not only is the composite more adaptable; it is also incredibly strong, and carbon fiber components could be used to balance aerodynamic efficiency with high downforce.

Large front splitter, rear diffuser, fenders and side skirts are all constructed out of carbon fiber to minimize weight and enhance downforce, while ultra-thin aero ‘blades’ in the side sills ahead of the rear wheels channel air around the lower body of the car. A large fixed rear wing – also made of carbon fiber – stands proud of the trunk lid, increasing downforce at speed.

Deep body stamping from the Q60’s manufacturing process allows the Project Black S to retain the sports coupe’s deep creases and flowing lines. For the concept, INFINITI designers have wrought a series of changes to create a more daring – even aggressive – design execution.

Enlarged air intakes at the front of the car are more effective at channeling cooling air into the engine bay and brakes, and new hood vents help evacuate heat. At the rear, the body is shaped to allow circulating air to escape as quickly and efficiently as possible, aided by vertical aero foils and the large rear wing for maximum downforce and high-speed stability.

Forged 21-inch aluminum alloy wheels – highlighted by wheel arch extensions – are larger, wider and lighter than those on the standard Q60, adding to the performance image of the concept while also reducing unsprung mass and rotational inertia at each corner.

Future potential

Project Black S suggests what a ‘Black S’ grade could offer customers, and the concept’s debut in Geneva will help INFINITI gauge potential interest in daring high-performance derivatives of its cars that benefit from genuine motorsport technology.

About INFINITI
INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with representations in 50 markets around the world. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China.  INFINITI plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017.

INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi-Shi near Yokohama, London, San Diego and Beijing.

INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive.  The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver-assistance technologies.

From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula One team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

INFINITI 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 named one of Wards “10 Best Engines” for 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – INFINITI today announced that its new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine has been named to Wards “10 Best Engines” list for 2017.

The advanced VR-series engine, which was tested by the WardsAuto editors as offered in the INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400, is available across the range of Q50 sports sedan models, as well as the recently introduced, all-new INFINITI Q60 sports coupe.

The 3.0t engine is available in two configurations – 300 horsepower with 295 lb-ft torque, and in a high-performance option delivering 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft torque.

“INFINITI customers have a passion for driving and offering the new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine helps make sure we meet their high expectations,” said Roland Krueger, president, INFINITI Motor Company, Ltd. “INFINITI is honored to be named to this prestigious list of the most technically significant powertrains in the world by the experts at WardsAuto. We are on track for record global sales in 2016 and the exceptional engineering and performance of our engines have certainly played an important role in this success.”

The new INFINITI powerplant was chosen from a field of 40 new or significantly improved powertrains, alongside Wards 10 Best 2016 winners, in vehicles with a base price below $62,000 and available in the U.S. This is the 23rd year that Wards has assembled the “10 Best Engines” list.

“The Q50’s twin-turbo V6 puts INFINITI neck-and-neck with its German competitors,” said Dave Zoia, WardsAuto editorial director. “Silky smooth, quiet when you want it to be and capable of delivering some pretty respectable fuel economy numbers. We’re thinking the new VR engine just might be a dynasty in the making.”

The new VR-series 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine adopts a series of innovative technologies to deliver an engaging driving experience, including a new direct-injection gasoline (DIG) fueling system. The engine also features lightweight aluminum construction and low mechanical friction – providing highly responsive and reliable performance.

The VR-series power delivery is enhanced through a new twin-turbo system, which enables smooth and immediate response under acceleration with power available across the rev range.

The VR-series V6 is the also the cleanest and most fuel-efficient engine of its type that INFINITI has ever offered, providing a 6.7 percent improvement in fuel economy versus the 3.7-liter V6 previously available in the Q50 and Q60.

WardsAuto also recently selected the INFINITI Q50 sports sedan as one of “Wards 10 Best User Experiences (UX)” honorees. In its inaugural year, the UX awards are meant to highlight exceptionally advanced, intuitive and forward-thinking vehicle systems and interfaces designed to minimize distractions, prevent accidents and improve safety.

The Q50 was chosen for its unique blend of driver assist and safety systems, advanced in-dash user interfaces and systems and INFINITI InTouch™ telematics. Specific safety and driver assist features highlighted include Cross Traffic Alert, Predictive Forward Collision Warning and Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection.

2017 Infiniti Q60 sports coupe

DETROIT – Making its world premiere at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, the new Infiniti Q60 is a premium sports coupe that combines expressive design with exhilarating performance and dynamics.

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The Q60’s bold exterior – lower and wider than predecessors – expresses a powerful elegance through its daring proportions and taut, muscular lines. Dynamic enhancements, including an all-new lightweight and sophisticated 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine, together with new adaptive steering and digital suspension systems, result in a premium sports coupe designed and engineered to perform.

The high performance 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine from the new and exclusive “VR” powertrain family is born out of the brand’s extensive in-house experience of six-cylinder powertrain development. The new engine has been engineered to empower the driver and offer increased power and torque with high levels of efficiency. This new “VR30” engine comes in two power ratings: 300 horsepower or 400 horsepower, with the latter offering one of the best power-to-efficiency ratios in the premium sports coupe class.

A four-cylinder 2.0-liter gasoline engine, turbocharged to produce 208 horsepower, is also available in the Q60.

Power is channeled through the Q60’s rear wheels for optimal dynamic response and to benefit steering feel. The available rear-biased Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system provides enhanced stability and road holding in low-grip conditions.

The Q60 has been engineered to deliver a truly engaging sports coupe experience, with a unique balance of ride comfort and agile handling. Complementing this position is Infiniti’s new Dynamic Digital Suspension, which has been designed to offer best-in-class handling responses and agility, and enhanced ride comfort – thanks, in part, to a dedicated new set of dampers.

In addition, Infiniti’s second-generation Direct Adaptive Steering offers high levels of steering feel and feedback, and the Drive Mode Selector gives drivers the option to personalize and tailor the steering’s precise levels of response and feel to suit their own preferences.

“The Infiniti Q60 conveys a powerful elegance through its daring design, and has the performance credentials to match – thanks to next-generation ride and handling technologies and up to 400 horsepower. The Q60 will affirm Infiniti’s leadership in the premium sports coupe class.
Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti

Infiniti Q60: a leader in the sports coupe segment
The world premiere of the new Q60 premium sports coupe comes at a time of rapid growth for Infiniti, released in the midst of an intense global launch period. Infiniti sold a record 215,250 new vehicles in 2015, a 16 percent increase over the previous year.

On sale late summer 2016, the Q60 will play an important role in the brand’s global growth and re-ignite its presence in the premium sports coupe segment.

Infiniti has been at the forefront of the sports coupe class, thanks to the G35 and G37, launched in 2002 and 2008, respectively. The first-generation G35 presented a blend of class-leading dynamics and eye-catching looks – and Infiniti development teams have designed and engineered the third-generation Q60 sports coupe according to the same principles.

As such, Infiniti expects the Q60 to establish the brand as a leader in the global premium sports coupe segment.

The new Q60, our third-generation sports coupe, will ensure Infiniti’s position as a leader in the segment. Premium customers around the globe love a sports coupe that offers power, performance and prestige – and the Q60 delivers on all three fronts.”
Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President Product Strategy

Powerful, elegant and daring new design
The Q60 employs signature Infiniti design cues to communicate dynamism through powerful elegance, representing a daring visual expression of the car’s performance potential.

“The design carries an elegance that contrasts and gives tonality to its powerful character, expressed through flexed muscles and tension suggested in the sculpture. The Q60 surfaces exude a sense of fluid movement.”
Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director

The production version of the Q60 has remained faithful to the concept design thanks to a unique deep-body stamping process that enables Infiniti to maintain the bold lines and sharp angles of the original creative vision.

Signature design cues ensure Q60 remains instantly recognizable as an Infiniti model, such as the double-arch grille and the crescent-shaped C-pillars that arc forward and emphasize the car’s “in-motion” appearance. LED headlights, employing Light Guide Technology to spread light evenly on the road ahead, are designed to emulate the shape of the human eyelid, providing an alluring “face” to the car. The deep grille is inset from the body, communicating a strong connection to the twin-turbo V6 engine.

Increased exterior dimensions, versus the previous generation, and a striking silhouette emphasize the Q60’s position as a powerful sports coupe. The Q60’s aggressive stance gives a greater impression of stability and in-control driving potential, while its lower center of gravity has a positive overall effect on driving dynamics.

The Q60 features newly designed 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels as standard, and, for the first time on an Infiniti sports coupe, optional 20-inch wheels are also available in some markets, further referencing the Q60’s performance promise. Select Sport models have wider wheels and tires at the rear, contributing to a more aggressive stance while also improving handling with a higher capacity for lateral G-forces. The wheel gaps – the spaces between tires and wheel arches – are tighter than ever, further lowering the visual volume of the car and giving it a low, powerful stance.

Aerodynamic efficiency was a major consideration for Infiniti’s design and engineering teams. The Q60’s drag coefficient of 0.28 was made possible, in part, by the car’s new design, intended to keep the vehicle stable at high speeds and in crosswind conditions. Vents in the front fenders direct air out of the engine bay while the Q60’s hood is also shaped to reduce drag.

Q60 models with the new V6 engine feature an Active Grille Shutter to balance the engine’s cooling requirements with the desire to enhance aerodynamics. Under normal use, the shutter remains closed, opening when greater performance is required. Relatively narrow door-mounted side mirrors accentuate the Q60’s low stance and sleek coupe looks, and are designed to improve the flow of air down the flanks of the vehicle, while maintaining a wide angle of rear visibility for the driver.

A tailored approach for a driver-centric interior
“Interior artistry for Infiniti is about a fitted, personal approach. We modeled the Q60’s interior around the concept of a ‘driver’s glove’ – the driver is always comfortable and the cabin is tailored for them.”
Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director

The driver-centric approach continues inside the Q60, with all-new interior trims featuring high-end accents and bold, modern-looking materials. The base model gets aluminum trim, while a black wood option is also available. Sport and Premium models are available with carbon-fiber highlights, while versions with white or red leather seating receive a silver glass fiber accent.

High-contrast stitching throughout the cabin increases the premium ambience and feeling of quality in the Q60’s interior.

New V6 powertrain technology delivers exhilarating performance
The new range of engines available in the Q60 complements the direct and agile ride and handling characteristics of the premium sports coupe for an exhilarating drive. Three power units are available – and all offer instant power delivery, smooth responses to driver inputs, high performance output, and mechanical efficiency.

The all-new 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine, from the new “VR” powertrain family, has been developed to deliver optimal power and torque for an engine of its size, alongside greater fuel efficiency. The high-output version of the V6 delivers 400 horsepower (298 kW, 405 ps) at 6,400 rpm and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) maximum torque at 1,600-5,200 rpm; while the 300 horsepower (224 kW, 304 ps) version (at 6,400 rpm) produces 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) torque at 1,600-5,200rpm.

These outputs have been achieved while delivering efficiency: 23 mpg (U.S.) and 154 g/km CO2 (estimated) for the 300 horsepower version, and 22 mpg (U.S.) and 206 g/km CO2 (estimated) for the 400 horsepower model – with the latter offering one of the best power-to-efficiency ratios in the premium sports coupe class.

This power-to-efficiency performance was made possible thanks to a set of newly developed powertrain features, including an advanced new twin-turbo system which enables smooth and immediate responses under acceleration, while aiding efficiency.

A four-cylinder turbo-charged 2.0-liter gasoline engine is also available in the Q60, with direct injection for efficiency in all conditions. This engine delivers 208 horsepower (155 kW, 211 ps) at 5,500 rpm and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) maximum torque at 1,500 rpm. A high-pressure direct injection with piezoelectric injectors delivers fuel to the engine in precise amounts for greater fuel efficiency – 24 mpg (U.S.) and 154 g/km (estimated) CO2.

Empowering performance from innovative technology
The Q60 sports coupe has been engineered to deliver a truly engaging sports coupe experience as standard, offering a unique balance of ride comfort and agile handling that has become synonymous with the Infiniti brand. Enhancing this position, the Q60 has been fitted with a range of new and innovative driving technologies to deliver empowering performance and a personalized experience behind the wheel.

Chief among these is Infiniti’s second-generation Direct Adaptive Steering. Available on models equipped with the 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine, the system has undergone significant re-tuning to enhance steering feel and feedback, while making it possible for the driver to further customize the steering performance according to personal preferences.

Direct Adaptive Steering transmits the driver’s input to the wheels faster than a mechanical system while requiring fewer steering corrections.  The new system quickly and intelligently communicates feedback about road surface and chassis behavior, while also reducing unwanted steering feel typically generated by a conventional steering system. This instills secure and confident steering feel for the Q60 driver, while also reducing fatigue.

The wide range of steering customization within Direct Adaptive Steering is accessed through the Drive Mode Selector. Through menus displayed in the upper screen of the Q60’s Infiniti InTuition system, Drive Mode Selector allows the steering response to be selected from six available options: “Customize,” “Standard,” “Snow,” “Eco,” “Sport,” and – new for certain models – “Sport+.”

The Standard mode has been tuned to represent the core performance of the Q60 – offering drivers Infiniti’s unique blend of enhanced ride comfort and agile handling as a default setting. Appropriate for the needs of premium coupe drivers, the Customize steering mode also allows for a high degree of fine tuning. Drivers first select one of three core “Modes” (Standard, Sport and Sport+) and then specify their preferred level of “Response” (Default, Dynamic and Dynamic+). For the highest level of assistance and ultimate sports coupe driving experience, the Q60 driver would choose Sport+ mode with Dynamic+ response – making best use of the Direct Adaptive Steering technology.

The Sport mode enhances the response of Direct Adaptive Steering, elevating the steering effort required while reducing the required steering movement from lock to lock. In the new Sport+ mode, steering effort remains the same as Sport mode, but the response of the steering is further increased, with an even quicker steering ratio for precise performance.

Infiniti Q60 models equipped with the new 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine feature standard Rack Electronic Power Steering. This all-new system provides a linear and in-control driving experience that can be tuned through the Drive Mode Selector.

When making a steering input or returning the steering wheel following an input, traditional assisted steering systems can create an unnatural feeling through imprecise control of the power assistance, reducing the feeling of linearity. To counter this, Infiniti’s Rack Electronic Power Steering precisely increases the steering effort required as the vehicle’s yaw rate changes, before adjusting to provide more assistance when the wheel returns towards on-center.

The four-cylinder turbo-charged Q60 models are equipped with a speed-sensitive hydraulic electronic rack-and-pinion power steering system as standard. This increases assistance at low speeds and reduces assistance for enhanced feel and response at higher speeds.

A choice of two suspension systems allow the driver to tailor a dynamic response from the Q60 that best suits a personal driving style. The standard suspension ensures a low level of road noise and minimal intrusion of unwanted vibrations, while allowing for more direct and linear handling response. Suspension link layouts and bushings have been modified specifically for their application in the Q60, while shock absorbers are relocated for optimized sports coupe ride and handling.

An all-new electronic suspension system, Dynamic Digital Suspension, comes standard on the Q60 Sport grades and has been designed to offer best-in-class handling responses and agility, and enhanced ride comfort – thanks to software and hardware upgrades, including a dedicated new set of dampers. Drivers can change the focus of the suspension from a comfort-biased ride to one which offers more dynamic responses, by placing the electronically adjustable shock absorbers in either Sport or Sport+ modes (adjusted via the Drive Mode Selector), providing firmer damping control for more agile handling. While in these modes, the suspension is constantly adjusting to provide ideal performance and a level ride.

The Q60’s seven-speed automatic transmission has been engineered with gear ratios spaced to allow for responsive, direct acceleration. Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) uses a lateral acceleration sensor to detect topographical changes in the road, such as hills or corners, and enhances gear selection patterns according to the changing conditions. ASC also allows the transmission to observe driving behaviors and adapt shifts to driver feedback.

In Sport mode, drivers can select a more aggressive shift pattern, holding on to gears longer to tap into the engine’s maximum performance reserves at higher revolutions. In all instances, the automatic transmission shifts smoothly, with less performance-focused modes giving the car a more relaxed gait for everyday conditions.

The Q60’s available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system provides enhanced stability for greater road holding in low-grip conditions, distributing torque 50:50 between front and rear wheels in its default setting. If the car detects that the extra traction isn’t immediately required, the system will revert to 100 percent rear-wheel drive, redistributing power to each of the four wheels as conditions change or if it detects a momentary loss of traction.

High-tech features offer maximum comfort, convenience and safety
Technological innovation means maximum comfort and convenience levels in the cabin of the Q60 premium sports coupe, providing a refined and contemporary space for driver and passengers alike.

Infiniti engineers have ensured Q60’s noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels are among the best in the segment. In particular, NVH has been improved with the adoption of greater suspension insulation and stiffer cross-members, as well as wheel spokes designed to dampen vibrations. Active Noise Cancellation is fitted to all Q60 models, effectively preventing negative engine noise frequencies from intruding on the calm of the cabin.

Making its world debut in a production vehicle, the Q60 will be fitted with an all-new 13-speaker, Bose® Performance Series sound system, a class-leading audio set-up which has been tailored to the acoustics of the Q60’s cabin. Matched with Q60’s noise cancelling technology, the fully-immersive Bose® audio system transforms the cabin into the driver’s very own audio haven.

High-back, highly-bolstered seats accentuate the Q60’s in-control driving experience. The highly ergonomic seats are designed to offer greater thigh, lumbar and lateral support, keeping occupants in place during more enthusiastic driving. Infiniti’s hallmark “spinal support” seats have been carefully engineered to match the curvature of the spine, providing a consistent level of support and minimizing pressure on lower and upper back muscles. The supportive seats reduce the spinal curvature that many traditional seats force occupants to adopt, with a more even alignment between chest and pelvis, while extensive upper body support spreads the occupants’ weight more evenly all the way up the seat.

The Q60 comes standard with Infiniti’s InTuition central control system, the latest generation of the company’s advanced infotainment set-up. Upgraded with a faster processor than earlier editions of the technology, InTuition allows occupants to personalize the interior environment of the Q60 according to their preferences, with fully adjustable temperature, seating positions, audio-visual settings, navigation and more.

Infiniti’s comprehensive approach to safety is evident throughout the Q60 premium sports coupe, instilling confidence in the driver and their passengers. The active and passive safety technologies include Around View® Monitor, Intelligent Cruise Control with Distance Control Assist, Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Lane Departure Prevention, Blind Spot Intervention and Backup Collision Intervention.

The new Infiniti Q60 sports coupe goes on sale in selected markets later in 2016.

Infiniti Brings Home the Gold

Infiniti IPL G CoupeWith the 2012 Summer Olympics in full swing, we’re all focused on winning. That’s why Grubbs Infiniti is pleased to announce that the Infiniti IPL G Coupe took home the gold from Total Car Score.  Total Car Score is one of the most comprehensive automotive ranking and comparison websites and they recently announced their list of the Top 10 High-Performance Cars for 2012.

 Infiniti was Number One.

The high-performance cars on this list come from a wide variety of vehicle types, including street-ready muscle cars, high-performance luxury sedans, and even a full-sized racing truck.

“High-performance cars still matter,” said Karl Brauer, CEO of Total Car Score. “Performance cars are often on the leading edge of vehicle research and development work, and this work eventually benefits the entire model line.”

George Grubbs III, Owner/General Manager of Grubbs Infiniti agrees. “We just keep offering better vehicles every year. Infiniti is on the cutting edge of technology and we see amazing advances every time they release a new car. Our customers are excited when they take a test drive. We’ve spent a lot of time training our staff so they truly understand and can convey all the new features offered. It’s a great time to be an Infiniti partner.”

Total Car Score’s ranking of the top high-performance models for 2012 is based on the website’s aggregate scoring model that incorporates the car reviews and rankings of top automotive authorities. Here’s what they had to say about the Infiniti IPL G Coupe:

Infiniti IPL G Coupe – Total Car Score: 85.21, MPG 19-22 Combined

The 2012 Infiniti IPL G Coupe earns one of the highest Total Car Scores in the Luxury High-Performance segment, which is quite a feat considering that other cars in the category include the BMW M3 and the Boxster and Cayman from Porsche, Brauer said.

Grubbs Infiniti welcomes you to visit and take a test drive. Find out more at www.GrubbsInfiniti.com

Compare Infiniti Models to Competitors

When you are looking for a new or pre-owned vehicle, being able to compare multiple models at once is key to making sure you choose the right vehicle for you and your family.  One of the features that you can find on the Infiniti website is a page that allows you to compare any Infiniti model you choose and with competitor’s models.

At Grubbs Infiniti we want you to have as much information as you need to choose the Infiniti that’s right for you. If you have additional questions about how Infiniti models compare to other vehicles our sales team is well versed in not just Infinitis but our competitor’s vehicles as well.  Try it out..

Infiniti Timeline on Wikipedia

While looking for some information on the evolution of the Infiniti QX56 I came across a great info graphic on Wikipedia that details the Timeline of all Infiniti vehicles.

If you have ever seen an Infiniti G20 or Infiniti Q45 and wondered what ever  happened to that model you can see on the Timeline when it was introduced, phased out or transitioned to a new model.

This Timeline of Infiniti vehicles has links to each vehicle’s Wikipedia page and some great information about each vehicle.  Check out the original Wikipedia page for the image with the links embedded.

 

 

Here are a few of the links to some of the other popular Infiniti pages on Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infiniti_QX
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infiniti_EX
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infiniti_JX
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infiniti_M#Fourth_generation_.282011.E2.80.93.29