This time, Infiniti better put it into production.
A few days ago, Infiniti discontinued the last hybrid model in its lineup, the Q50 Hybrid. We thought the carmaker would wait a while before revealing a potential replacement, but Infiniti has announced that it will show off a prototype version of the Q60 Black S Performance Hybrid Concept at the 2018 Paris Motor Show next week. Suddenly, we have completely forgotten about the Q50 Hybrid.
For those who don't remember what the big deal is, let us remind you. The Q60 Black S Hybrid was set to mate a 400-horsepower twin-turbo V6, enhanced by a dual-electric drivetrain borrowed from Formula 1. Total output with the hybrid assist is set to be around 563 hp. Do we have your attention?
Infiniti hasn't stated whether the prototype will be all-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive, but with an estimated 0-60 mph time of under four seconds, we'd guess all-wheel-drive. The dual-hybrid drivetrain will be powered using a combination of regenerative braking as well as heat collected from the car's gasses. The whole thing sounds extremely fascinating but we'll have to wait for more details at the car's reveal in Paris.
The biggest issue we can already see on the horizon is Infiniti's refusal to put cool cars like this into production. We have seen it in the past with the GT-R-powered Q50 Eau Rouge Concept, which never made production and more recently with the Prototype 10, a concept that was never designed with production in mind. Let's hope it's more serious about the latest high-performance concept.