Infiniti has officially debuted its Q60 Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit today, showcasing the brand's latest design direction and previewing the replacement for the aging Q60/G37 sports coupe.
The company also used the occasion to announce a 2016 launch for the production version of the Q60 Concept, and with the car looking essentially complete (expect just the mirrors, light internals and wheels to change) an early 2016 on-sale date is likely.
Even the interior looks remarkably produciton ready. The white quilted leather upholstery is no doubt a show car touch, but the dash and centre console are virtually identical to the Q50's.
Like the Q80 Inspiration Concept unveiled at the Paris Motor Show last year, the Q60 Concept features a 3.0 litre twin-turbo direct-injected V6 .
Though this engine has already been confirmed for a production future, such an motor would be completely new concept for Infiniti.
And with parent company Nissan's only twin-turbo V-format engine being the highly specialised 3.8 litre VR38 that powers the Nissan GT-R, the Q60's turbo V6 could very well be borrowed from Mercedes-Benz.
Mercedes-Benz already supplies Infiniti with the Q50's 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine, and the German automaker has a proven twin-turbo direct-injected 3.0 litre V6 in its inventory which powers the E 400, SL 400, CLS 400 and C 400.
Benz's turbo V6 also develops a stout 245kW and 480Nm, giving it 10kW more power and a whopping 120Nm more torque than the current Q60's 3.7 litre naturally-aspirated V6. Applying it to an Infiniti product is certainly feasible, then.
But while it would be a natural fit for the next-generation Q60, there's been no confirmation on whether Infiniti's new 3.0 V6 is its own design or one that's been appropriated from the Mercedes-Benz parts catalogue.
However with the engine expected to find use in other models in the Infiniti range in the near future, we should expect to hear more about it - as well as the next-generation Q60 - later this year.
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