• Dec 4, 2009

Infiniti Essence Concept
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When we first laid eyes on Infiniti's Essence concept at this year's Geneva Motor Show, we were, quite frankly, smitten by its voluptuous lines. We apparently weren't alone, as Infiniti exec Ben Poore has reportedly told Motor Trend that reaction to the concept was "phenomenal." When the Essence was unveiled, Infiniti told the audience at Geneva that the vehicle was concept-only and that future vehicles would be influenced by its stunning design. We were a bit disappointed by that news, because, of course, the world can never have too many stunning twin-turbo V6 hybrid coupes capable of a combined 592 brake horsepower.

But while we were let down by Infiniti's initial decision on Essence, we're at least encouraged by the fact that Poore recently told MT that that the concept is "only a show piece... for now." Could that mean that we could have a production vehicle based off of the Essence in the future? We hope so. Will it have a twin-turbo 3.7-liter V6 with a lithium-ion backed disc-shaped electric motor? Perhaps not, but we wouldn't exactly be disappointed if it did.




[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL at LF-A haters.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Build it. Their have been rumors for a while now that Infiniti plans on building this or something like it in the near future...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car was great, but I don't think I'll every buy one.
      The Infinity sales rep at Pebble Beach 2009 was such an ass. He practically turned me away from the whole brand.
      I have never been treated so dismissive, and that's at Pebble Beach of all places, where people try to build excitement for new cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Give the GT-R chassis and power train this voluptuous body and call it a day(and maybe turn down the suspension stiffness a wee bit in the process).

      Nissan already has a proven platform, so combining it to a beautiful design from a brand with a little more cache would appeal to many different consumers. The only thing Nissan could do to improve this combination is to shrink the fish maw on the front IMO and sell it for 80K.

      I think it would be the perfect halo car for brand like Infiniti, even if it doesn't make them money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a sexy face.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree.

        This thing looks amazing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this car, along with the Evora and Alfa's 8C are three of the hottest designs I've seen in a long time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's quite the beautiful car, but they have to make a business case for it. Nissan already has the GTR, so would this car potentially be competing against it?

      I always thought the rumors that was Infiniti was looking into using the GTR underpinnings to create a really high-end 4-door sedan. That makes more sense because the 2 cars wouldn't be direct competitors. Would be interested to see if they could take the great lines of this car and morph it to have 2 more doors.
        • 5 Years Ago
        HappyFun,

        There is no reason that a big car like GT-R couldn't spawn a different body-style on the other side of the badge...

        Corvette/XLR's chassis doesn't at all support modularity to handle a larger bodystyle, it is very firmly a hydroformed steel chassis with a composite or aluminum body, and a 2-seat car.

        Nissan GT-R is a big car. It would not need much to go from bit 2+2 2-door, to a similarly over-all-size, sleeker profile, less bulky-looking, 4-seat 5-door sport sedan. It might not be as big as a Porsche Panamera, but probably not that much smaller.

        Infiniti COULD pull off something better looking than the Panamera currently is. But Porsche *should* have pulled off something better looking than Panamera currently is.

        Infiniti could make a new Letter class, and do a coupe AND sleek sedan, if they wanted. BMW has both the 6-series true coupe, and the 5-series GT 5-door. (which probably should be called a 6-GT more than the X6 deserves the "6" bit.)

        Say that this becomes the new Q, or an R for Infiniti.
        They could do a junior Rapide style sleek sedan, with AWD, and under-cut the Panamera, while looking better, and compete against the rumored upcoming Audi A7 AND...
        They could also do a 2 or 3 door coupe variant of the same car, a junior DB9 type car with AWD, and compete with BMW 6 series, E-class coupe, Jag XK, or a future Panamera-based 928 successor.

        Both body-styles could share GT-R R35's basic chassis architecture, with the GT-R keeping the twin turbo ~500hp and blistering performance tune, rather than the infiniti's torquier, more civilized and luxury oriented V8 400-450hp power delivery.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the relationship would be more like the Corvette/XLR: one would be the performance car, the other would have the same underpinnings but be more luxury-oriented (while still retaining a little bit of its platform-mate's performance). Not that you can't go fast with a 500 hp TT V6, but I think the Essence would be more of a GT than a race car for the road like the GT-R.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd LOVE to see it. The LFA needs competition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yikes.

      I hope they tone it way down.

      Infiniti is going from dignified, and truly attractive blend of line and curve, to some of their recent intros being too bulbous.

      I liked the original G, the 2nd gen was even slightly better, but now they put a new ugly front bumper on it.

      I liked the current, outgoing M, aside from the odd reverse light in the tail light cluster. The new one is HUGE, and bulbous.

      The FX was never really my bag, but the new FX50 is a rounded, crazy looking eyesore.

      All of them with fish-face grilles.

      The Essence is the same way. The weird C-pillar, not only at the quarter-window, but how thick it is around the rear window. The much too hard window sill line, and the catfish face grille...

      I wish they would dial it back a couple of notches, back to something compelling, yet dignified.

      But if they put the VK50 or VK56 V8, and an ATTESSA-ETS equipped double-clutch gearbox (in GT-R like rear-mount, or Infiniti's current mid-mount location on the engine's bell housing.) The drivetrain will be fantastic, and the tech will probably be great.

      But they need to send their stylists to rehab, and get them off of speed, or whatever they are on... and tone the designs down.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does this remind anyone else of the TVR Sagaris in terms of proportions and/or lines.

      (obviously less finny and agressive though)
        • 5 Years Ago
        It reminds me of Peter Griffin's phallic mobile in that Family Guy episode...
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMG THIS IS BEAUTIFUL...
      Yep a VK45 (but make it just RWD please) in this car can make it very good...this one its beautiful as the Alfa 8C but I`ll put Nissan logo on the grill anyway
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