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Infiniti Wants a 700HP Hybrid Flagship Sedan

Based on the scrumptious Essence concept.

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

The V-6-powered hybrid – dubbed the Q80 or Q90 – will come in 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 two engine options: a 3.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine coupled with an electric motor to make 550bhp; and an upgrade V-6 3.7-liter engine, which will join the electric motor in producing 700bhp. Both models will incorporate the GT-R’s Attesa all-wheel drive system, and start at just under $200,000.

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