At next week's Paris Motor Show, Infiniti will unveil the Q80 Inspiration concept, a fastback sedan larger than any of its current production cars. The preview release suggests it will be an even greater tech powerhouse than the impressive.
The concept measures 198.9 inches long, making it a couple of inches longer than Infiniti's Q70 model. It's 122.2-inch wheelbase is a whole 8 inches longer than that of the Q70, hinting at a good amount of interior space. However, Infiniti describes the Q80 Inspiration as a four-seater.
For the driveline, Infiniti merely notes that the concept is a hybrid. If it were to use the same V6-based hybrid driveline as the Q50 Hybrid, it would get an adequate 360 horsepower, but Infiniti likely has something more powerful in mind. The company also mentions that the Q80 Inspiration uses an active suspension.
The dramatic styling echoes some of the earlier concepts from Infiniti, such as the beautiful. We can only hope that Infiniti is ready to release some of its obviously bottled-up design talent to its production cars.
Most importantly, the Q80 Inspiration suggests that Infiniti may finally come up with a big, flagship sedan that would compete with the Mercedes-Benz S-class and Lexus LS. Its Q70 model, formerly the M56, comes up a little short in that regard, feeling more like a nice full-size sedan rather than a big, luxury cruiser.
CNET's coverage of the Paris Motor Show begins during press preview days on Thursday, October 2.