Infiniti is reportedly getting closer to building a halo sports car, but it won't be based on the GT-R.
Infiniti has been looking to have a halo car for some time. Many may have thought that Infiniti would simply rebadge and re-body the Nissan GT-R, but that option was ruled out by the Japanese automaker a while back. However, that hasn't stopped the luxury division from pursuing other options, one of which is a production version of the Emerg-E. As a quick refresh, the Emerg-E was a concept range-extender electric sports car that debuted at Geneva last March.
Its engine, which is mid-mounted, consists of two electric motors that drive the rear wheels independently through the use of a single-speed transmission. In addition to the electric motors, its range-extender engine is a 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline unit. Now, if the Emerg-E's profile looks somewhat familiar, then you'd be correct because the car is built on the same platform as the Lotus Evora. By linking up with Lotus, Infiniti was able to save money on platform development costs. So far, so good, but what about production possibilities?
According to Car&Driver, prototypes are currently testing, and at Goodwood later this week, Infiniti will show a running example for the first time. It's clear that Infiniti is serious about developing this technology, but what's not 100 percent is whether a production Emerg-E would have the necessary performance capabilities for a halo car. Car&Driver also mentions that the 2009 Essence concept could be an alternative. It could even utilize a twin-turbo V6 and electric motor. Again, nothing is certain as of now, but what's clear is that Infiniti wants to up their game with a true performance car. Just don't expect it to have GT-R capabilities.