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Infiniti Essence Concept - Click above for a high-res image gallery

When Infiniti decides to tackle a new market, it sure knows how to make an entrance. At the Geneva Motor Show in March, the gas-electric hybrid Essence made jaws drop with its commanding size, beautiful lines, and green-inspired 592-hp soul. Unfortunately for every man, woman and child on the face of the earth, the Essence won't make its way to production -- ever -- but it's actually going to be driven in the UK... briefly.

Infiniti's voluptuous concept will make an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it'll make the run the hill climb and be joined at the FoS-TECH pavilion by the world's first right-hand-drive G37 convertible . While we're more than a little disappointed that the Essence will never hit production, if the concept's handsome design makes its way into other Infinitis, it'd be a good start. Press release below the fold.

[Source: Infiniti]



ROLLE, Switzerland (June 25, 2009) – The Infiniti Essence concept car, shown for the first time four months ago in Geneva, will conclude its pan-European tour at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed. But Essence isn't the only Infiniti to be making its UK debut. The luxury automotive brand from Japan will also be giving visitors to the Festival a sneak preview of the new G37 Convertible which goes on sale in the UK this September. Unlike Essence, unfortunately.

The Essence concept was created as a celebration of Infiniti and its 20 years history as a creator of performance cars. But equally it is an inspiring exploration into the brand's future ... one that includes launching in the UK. The dramatic design, technology and performance statement is a 600PS petrol/electric hybrid coupe with rear-wheel drive. It will be on display in Goodwood's FoS-TECH pavilion and also on the famous Goodwood Hillclimb where it will perform in public for the first time.

Joining Essence on the Hillclimb – and later in the Sunday Times Supercar paddock – will be the V6 powered G37 Convertible in right-hand drive form, the first example ever produced. The car's appearance at Goodwood will be particularly momentous for the two British Infiniti engineers who will drive it as they have worked on the Infiniti Europe project since it started. Offered in a choice of two comprehensively equipped models, both featuring a metal three-piece folding roof, the 320PS G37 Convertible has been designed without compromise to look as beautiful with the top up as it does down. Which is hopefully the position where it will stay for the entirety of the weekend...

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I applaud Infiniti for designing such a unique vehicle. It seems like Nissan and Honda are the only Japanese automakers trying to push the envelop with their luxury brands. Meanwhile, Toyota continues to make Lexus as bland as humanly possible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This really should be the Infiniti version of the GT-R.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, he's pulling 1.8g on an untuned concept vehicle? I wonder what the production would be pushing! :-p
      • 6 Years Ago
      Never make it to production? ========='''''''((((((
      • 6 Years Ago
      why can't infinit make that, and not vanilla cars like the G?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nissan Karma-Fisker
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Essence made jaws drop with its commanding size, beautiful lines..."

      You guys seriously need to get your eyes checked. This thing is over-over-over-designed with lumps, lines, and bulges in all the wrong places. It takes a special kind of talent to begin with the sultry proportions of a long hood, short rear deck, low, wide sportscar and screw it up this badly. It looks like a fat sagging pig with naive and immature detailing wherever it would possibly fit. Thank goodness this thing will never see production.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah right chud
        • 6 Years Ago
        are u from india or what? why u trying to hate everything...........
        • 6 Years Ago
        if you don't like it doesnt mean it's ugly. I think it looks quite beautiful
      • 6 Years Ago
      the interior is stunning. I love the color and interior materials used in this beautiful interior.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This one is simple Maserati GranTurismo rip off w/ BMW/Audi Headlights.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are you serious, I don't know where you live,
        but just look at the BMW 520d, or just look to your right at the BMW 7 series M sport featured gallery.
        Name one car, one car! That had the sweeping opaque brow over the head lights before BMW.
        The wheel arches speak Maserati,
        And for a concept car from Infiniti I'd much rather seen this... http://www.autoblog.com/2008/06/20/infiniti-to-get-entry-level-coupe-based-on-z/

        Thats orginal with in context! So stop singing the BLUEs and go out and get some SUN
        • 6 Years Ago
        1. How can it be a rip off of a car that didn't exit while it was being designed?

        2. How are BMW and Audi headlights similar??
        2b How do those headlights even remotely resemble those of BMWs AND Audis???

      • 6 Years Ago
      I would honestly trade in my f430 for this car.....words cant describe how beautiful i think this work of art is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is one of the greatest Missan/Infinitis around. The only Japanese car with real Euroean automotive passion, couple the good looks with economy and performance it's bound to be a hit.

      They just have to make it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks alooooott like a maserati GranTurismo!

      and it looks awesome!
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