Infiniti Wants a 700HP Hybrid Flagship Sedan

Based on the scrumptious Essence concept.

Back in 2009, Infiniti revealed the gorgeous Essence conceptcoupe at the Geneva Motor Show, a car that has been the benchmark for thecompany’s (often unfulfilled) design potential. Last month, Infiniti once againwowed Geneva attendees, this time by announcing that the Q50 Eau Rouge conceptwould be powered by the Nissan GT-R's engine. But now, the companywants more. According to reports, it is plotting a 700-plus horsepower hybridflagship for 2017-18.

The V-6-powered hybrid – dubbed the Q80 or Q90 – will comein the form of a four-door coupe, taking on the likes of the Porsche Panamera,Mercedes-Benz CLS and BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe. The hybrid will come with twoengine options: a 3.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine coupled with anelectric motor to make 550bhp; and an upgrade V-6 3.7-liter engine, which willjoin the electric motor in producing 700bhp. Both models will incorporate theGT-R’s Attesa all-wheel drive system, and start at just under $200,000.

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