One of 200 homologation specials is to go under the hammer, and it’s all sorts of 1980s brilliant
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Infiniti Essence Concept news - Geneva show: Infiniti Essence Concept - 2009
As a piece of fantasy,
this Infiniti Essence Concept is pretty dreamy. But underneath all that
swoopiness is some important tech that’ll sneak its way into Infiniti’s
real-world cars over the next two years.
Deep breath: it’s powered
by a 3.7-litre twin turbo V6 petrol-electric hybrid. Might be a mouthful, but
it makes around 600bhp, which rolls off the tongue quite nicely, don’t you
Drop the turbos, detune it
a little and you’ll have the basis for Infiniti’s hybrid powertrain, which will
give things like the Lexus RX450h a run for its money. But it’ll have to have a
seriously low CO2 output to get close - the Lexus kicks out just 148g/km, which
is almost unheard of for a yummy mummy’s SUV. So watch out Lexus, Infiniti is
coming for you.
That’s not all. The
Essence might be a show car, but its design won’t be wasted. As with any weird
concept, expect to see bits and bobs cropping up on future models. Bits like
the air vent behind the front wheel arch - it’s inspired by a ‘Japanese comb’,
We’re not sure what a
Japanese comb looks like, but after seeing this, we’re pretty sure we want one.
And if future Infinitis look and go like this, then we want one of those too.