• Oct 11th 2010 at 1:29PM
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Infiniti has got its hands full these days. Between the launch of the new M range, development of its own luxury version of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle and plans for a rival to the likes of the BMW 1 Series, Audi A3 and new Lexus CT200h, to say nothing of the manifestation of its Infiniti Performance Line, there's plenty on the Nissan premium division's plate. But that doesn't mean it couldn't take on one more big project, if the latest reports from overseas come to fruition.

According to British weekly Autocar, Infiniti chief Toru Saito is keen to top the brand's model lineup with a full-on range-topping sportscar. The segment is one which rival Acura had previously attacked with the iconic NSX and which Lexus recently tackled with the LFA supercar (albeit at a stratospheric level), but which Infiniti hasn't broached until now. Although previous rumors surrounded the use of the Nissan GT-R's platform, if it comes to be, Autocar says that Infiniti's sportscar would likely take its cues from the critically acclaimed Essence show car displayed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, and possibly draw on parent company Nissan-Renault's recently-penned partnership with Mercedes-Benz.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      A de-engineered GTR works for me. Yes, I think Infiniti needs to offer something with defined style.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It'll be interesting to see what comes of this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Infiniti ultra-lux sports car with GT-R underpinnings. Yes, please.

      If the thing had the performance of a GT-R with super high grade interior styling, I think there would be a market for it. Keep it cheaper than a 911 turbo and they could have a huge winner.

      That essence concept is gorgeous.

      Though I do agree, the complete lack of a 7/S/LS competitor is probably more important.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Infiniti Essence with a supercharged version of the 5.6L making 550HP please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they can keep 70% of the Essence's style and drop in a competent drivetrain, there is no way this can fail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      An Infiniti take on the GT-R would be really interesting to see.

      But they ought to be careful with market position.... nobody's going to shell out $150,000 for a GT-R with an Infiniti badge when you can get an R8 5.2 V10 or 911 Turbo Cabriolet for about the same money.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I would if it looked like that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now, unlike on the new M, Infiniti did the curves right on Essence concept.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Regardless of where it gets its styling cues, I can't imagine them using anything but a Nissan GT-R chassis. Doesn't make sense to create an all-new sports car when they already have one that can take on other exotics.

      I'm hoping it'll liberally borrow from the Essence concept, which was one of the best to come from Infiniti awhile. And I hope the car won't be a rebadged Nissan GT-R Egoist/Spec-M.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Eh...?!?!!?! Was the Q even in consideration? I guess a two seat GT style car base on Nissan GTR would be great but seriously. I don't see em having any other market to expand except for those that have been already mention in this article. Huh, I guess if you have no more market time for fun car lol, wait you still need a Q replacement imo. It's still a segment/market! I think it's a much bigger segment than a 2 door gt. Or an Audi A1 killer/mini killer. Hm...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've always liked Essence concept...its gorgeous and if underpinned w/ the GT-R chassis it'd be awesome.

      ...too bad Lotus took some initiative (and a hot iron to some of its curves) and is bringing it to market as the Elite
      • 4 Years Ago
      a nice S-class/7-series would be better....
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