The concept will not reach production.
It's been nearly two and a half years since Infiniti first showed off its impressive Project Black S Prototype. Based on an Infiniti Q60 coupe, the Black S featured a twin-turbocharged V6 engine paired with a dual-hybrid powertrain system inspired by the Renault Sport Formula One Team.
With total outputs of 563 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, the Black S could have been an impressive alternative to an Audi RS5 or BMW M4. For years, Infiniti has kept up a facade that it would put the car into production, but the luxury automaker is finally ready to tell the truth. The Black S isn't going to happen.
Speaking with Automotive News, Infiniti spokesperson Kyle Bazemore confirmed the Black S would not enter production. "The concept continues to inspire us," Bazemore added. While future Infiniti models may draw light inspiration from the Black S concept, we doubt that will be of any consolation to enthusiasts.
The reason for the car's death is related to Infiniti's change in management. Former Infiniti CEO Roland Krueger spearheaded the Black S project but left the company to help develop the Dyson electric car. It seems Infiniti's latest boss Peyman Kargar has no interest in an M4-rivaling sports car with Formula 1 technology. The company had reportedly produced two working prototypes of the car that could hit 60 mph in under four seconds, but it seems like those development dollars will end up going to waste.
In all likelihood, the Q60 Black S would have been a low-volume seller, and Infiniti dealerships likely won't miss it. "In today's market, a premium Japanese performance coupe has to be very low volume," said Ed Lennon, Infiniti National Dealer Advisory Board chairman. "Anything that Infiniti produces for its dealers, we want it to be a volume product."
"We're not really in the racing business. I would much rather see something like the QX60," he said. "That's a volume vehicle, that's where this company needs to go." The upcoming 2022 Infiniti QX60 will be heavily based on the latest Nissan Pathfinder, replacing what is currently the company's oldest but best-selling model.