Infiniti Q60 concept

DETROIT -- The freshly unveiled Infiniti Q60 previews a sharp sports coupe due sometime in 2016.

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Formerly known as G37

Dubbed "Q60" in Infiniti's new nomenclature, the coupe will fill the position once occupied by the more familiar G35 and G37.

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Eau Rouge inspired

The concept draws inspiration from the automaker's Eau Rouge concept unveiled at last year's Detroit show.

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Rear-wheel driven

Like its predecessors, the Q60 will put its power to the rear wheels.

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New V-6 engine

However, rather than the tried and true VQ-series V-6, the new concept is powered by an all-new twin-turbocharged and direct injected 3.0-liter.

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More powerful

Specs and output details are in short supply, but Infiniti claims that the new engine is more powerful and efficient than the 330-horsepower engine currently in use.

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Drive-by-wire

The sports coupe features the automaker's enhanced Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering, a roundabout way of saying drive-by-wire electric power steering.

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Design

Stylistically, the concept pushes the automaker's design language into new directions, blending windswept organic curves above with sharp aerodynamics below.

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BMW 4-fighter

The new model looks poised to take on BMW's new 4 Series coupe. Whether Infiniti aims to eventually challenge the high-performance M4 remains to be seen.

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"The Q60 Concept is Infiniti's most emotional and accessible concept so far," said Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President, Product Strategy.

"This concept goes beyond a flight-of-fancy design exercise; it is the next proof point in Infiniti's concept-to-production approach. Come next year, Infiniti will produce a sports coupe with influences from the Q60 Concept."

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Inside, the Q60 benefits from the automaker's new InTuition system, which works with the vehicle's advanced Intelligent Keys to recognize the vehicle settings for up to four different drivers, including preferences for driving position, heating and cooling, audio, navigation, and more.

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LED illumination and projectors add character to the front fascia's sinister eyes.

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​Rapid prototyping

Tucked away in a corner of Infiniti's booth was a MakerBot 3D printer that slowly layered together small models of the Q60.

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3D printed Q60

The automaker uses rapid prototyping not just to visualize vehicle mockups in real space, but also to quickly mock up parts.

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