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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX50

It’s no secret the QX50 hasn’t exactly lived up to the expectations that Infiniti set for it, ultimately prompting an intensive update for the 2016 model year. Come 2017, and we were staring the Infiniti QX50 concept in the face at the Detroit Auto Show. Only a couple months have passed since then, and now we’re looking at spy shots of the first prototype of the next-gen QX50 putting in work on public roads. While it’s heavily covered in camo and padding, we can still make out some styling cues, and as luck would have it, it looks like it will get at least some of the design DNA we saw in the QX50 concept. Of course, it won’t have those cool electronic door poppers and the overall styling will be toned down a bit, but it should be a huge departure from the current model and could very well give the SUV a chance at survival in an overcrowded market.

Now, before we go too far into it, the new QX50 will be based on a couple of different models. See, the next-gen QX50 is based on the QX50 Concept, which happens to be based on the QX Sport Inspiration Concept that was showcased at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. So, as you can see, the next-gen QX50 will have some pretty significant DNA heritage when it finally disrobes. There’s no official timetable, so we can’t say for sure when it will make its official debut, but the Frankfurt Auto Show in September isn’t out of the question, with customer deliveries kicking off sometime in the first half of 2018. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and see what we can spot through all over the camo on this prototype.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Infiniti QX50.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti Q50 hit the market for the 2014 model year, and just two years later, Infiniti refreshed it for the 2016 model year. Well, instead of ushering in a new generation, Infiniti has decided to do another mild update for the 2018 model year, which includes a slightly different look outside, a revamped interior, and some new driver assistance features not previously available. Engine options include a 2.0-liter gasoline mill, a 2.2-liter turbodiesel, the 3.5-liter V-6, and a hybrid setup that combines a 3.5-liter V-6 and a 50-kW electric motor – giving the car a power output range of anywhere between 168 horsepower and 400 horsepower. The Q50 also makes use of Direct Adaptive Steering, a feature that Infiniti says is a “key building block to achieving fully-autonomous driving.” But, what is more important, is that each trim level will have its own stand-alone features and styling that will help it stand out in the lineup.

Roland Krueger, the President of Infiniti, said, “Infiniti seeks to empower our customers on their journey through their experience with us – whether it is our products, our technologies, our services, or simply a passion for driving. There is no better vehicle that incorporates all the elements of the Infiniti brand than the Q50 saloon.”

Now that the 2018 Infiniti Q5 has made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, we have lots to talk about, so let’s dive on in and take a closer look at it and how it compares to the competition.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Project Black S

Infiniti introduced the second-generation Q60 Coupe at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show looking nearly identical to the concept that previewed it the year before. It comes to the market for 2017 with bold and aggressive styling, better efficiency over the outgoing model, and a revised suspension system, among other things. Its revised drivetrain includes two different engines with output ranging from 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque all the way up to 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Unfortunately, the Q60 lost the available option of a manual transmission, leaving just a seven-speed automatic to mate with all engine options.

Now, the Geneva Auto Show is kicking off, and Infiniti as decided to participate in a design study of sorts that takes the Q60 Coupe and adds on a more aggressive body kit and a new high-performance, hybrid drivetrain inspired by Formula One. Dubbed the Project Black S, little is known about it, but Infiniti wants to use it as a basis to gauge customer interest in future high-performance Infiniti cars.

Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti, said, “Infiniti is the premium car manufacturer within the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and a technical partner to the Renault Sport Formula One Team, so it is natural that we come together to explore the possibility of bringing innovative, high-performance hybrid technology to our customers. Infiniti has constantly led the way in making innovative new powertrain technology available, and we’re extremely excited by the potential of Project Black S.”

The Project S is set to be revealed at a special event the night before the doors open at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, so let’s take a close look at it before that happens.

Continue reading to learn more about the Infiniti Project Black S.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q60S – Driven

The Infiniti Q60, formerly the G37 Coupe, soldiered on for an absolute lifetime in car years without a substantial update. Finally updated for 2017, the Q60 is much improved.

The Q60 and its competitors exist in a relatively small end of the market, in raw sales numbers. Personal luxury sports coupes aren’t at the top of any automaker’s sales chart. That said, they’re fast, they handle well, and they’re sexier than the models that do top those sales charts.

Continue reading to learn more about our test drive on the 2017 Infiniti Q60S.

PostHeaderIcon 2017 Infiniti Q50 and QX80 Signature Edition Debut in Chicago

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Following the success of the QX80 Signature Edition Infiniti is bringing back the model for a second year in the market, and not only that, they are also giving the treatment to the Q50. Launched at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the new pair sit at the top of Infiniti’s lineup as most high-end models.

As for what makes the Infiniti Q50 and QX80 Signature Edition worthy of such lofty positions, well it’s all about equipment and unique design features. The highlights of the Q50 3.0t Signature Edition, if we may begin with this, include a power-sliding tinted glass moonroof, INFINITI InTouch Navigation with 3D building graphics, INFINITI InTouch Services including six months of safety, security and convenience services, SiriusXM Traffic, Voice Recognition for navigation functions, Navi Synchronized Adaptive Shift Control, 60/40 split-fold rear seat, and 17-inch bright finish aluminum-alloy wheels with all-seasonl run-flat tires.

Add to that a twin-turbo 300 hp V6 engine and available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and you end up with a car for every occasion that costs $38,700 for the rear-wheel drive model and $40,700 for the AWD.

But if you want the more established QX80 Signature Edition you will get with the 2017 modelyear Saddle Tan interior, chrome outside rearview mirror caps, clear High Mounted Stop Light and dark-finish 22-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels with 275/50R22 all-season performance tires, plus tech features such as Backup Collision Intervention (BCI), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist (DCA), Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Blind Spot Intervention (BSI), Land Departure Warning (LPW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP).

Powered by a 400 hp 5.0 liter V8, the QX80 also comes with a choice of 2WD or 4WD. Pricing will be announced closer to launch in May.

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q50 3.0t Signature Edition

One of Infiniti’s newest nameplates, the Q50 was launched for the 2014 model year and it has already received a facelift for 2016. Changes included minor nips and tucks, a new adaptive steering, and a Red Sport 400 trim with more power and aggressive looks. Alongside the in-house made 3.0-liter V-6 and hybrid drivetrains, the Q50 also uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas unit and a 2.1-liter diesel engine, both borrowed from Mercedes-Benz. At the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, Infiniti introduced the Signature Edition, a limited-edition model based on the 3.0t trim.

The second model to get the Signature Edition package after the QX80 SUV, this new Q50 adds a few extra standard features, while its pricing was set below that of the model it is based on.

“Building on the Q50’s, award-winning performance and engineering excellence, we saw an opportunity to combine our sport sedan’s most popular features with even more distinguished style,” said Randy Parker, vice president of Infiniti Americas. “We are continuously looking for ways to empower the drive for our customers, and we did just that with the addition of the Q50 3.0t Signature Edition to the 2017 Q50 lineup.”

The Q50 3.0t Signature Edition went on sale in February 2017, joining a comprehensive lineup that includes four trims in various configurations.

Continue reading to learn more about the Infiniti Q50 3.0t Signature Edition.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX80 Signature Edition

The second-generation QX80 came to be in 2010, when it still had its original name, the QX56. The company’s largest crossover yet was renamed in 2013, when it also gained a significant facelift. Seven years old as of 2017, the QX80 is living its final years on the market, but Infiniti is putting a great deal of effort into keeping it relevant against the competition. At the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the luxury brand launched a new special-edition model, called the Signature Edition.

Essentially a reheated soup – a Signature Edition version was also offered in 2016 – the limited-edition model aims to offer a blend of “popular equipment and unique design features.” While there aren’t many unique design features to talk about, the Signature Edition is indeed equipped with many tech features that are optional on most QX80 trims. The reasons why Infiniti brought it back are very simple. Not only the Signature Edition was a big success in 2016, it also helped the QX80 set an all-time U.S. sales record of more than 16,700 units last year.

“Infiniti’s Signature Editions signify something special for our customers and deliver on our promise to provide an unparalleled level of sophistication with exclusive new content,” said Randy Parker, vice president of Infiniti Americas. “This year, these unique models feature the most sought-after selections to enhance the driver’s experience for our ever-popular Q50 sport sedan and QX80 full-size luxury SUV.

Milking it for all it’s worth is the way to go in today’s industry and I can’t really blame Infiniti for doing this. Let’s see what this “new” Signature Edition is all about.

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PostHeaderIcon What The Heck Is Variable Compression, How Does It Work, And Why Does It Matter?!

Infiniti just debuted the QX50 crossover concept at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show last week, and in case you didn’t get the memo, it’s a mid-size SUV with sleek styling and a few interesting autonomous driving tricks. However, one of the most interesting features is its engine, which Infiniti touts as an internal-combustion lump with turbocharging and variable compression – that is, the compression ratio can change while the engine is in use. Variable compression is a technology that many have sought to perfect, but Infiniti is the first to claim a production-ready iteration destined for dealerships. The benefits include that idealistic combination of high efficiency matched with high power levels, and in fact, the Japanese automaker boasts the engine will be able to offer the fuel economy of a hybrid four-cylinder, as well as the power output of a modern V-6. Sounds like the usual concept smoke and mirrors, doesn’t it? Well, believe it or not, variable compression just might be coming to a crossover near you.

Infiniti calls its forthcoming engine the VC-Turbo (Variable Compression Turbo), and despite the relatively uncreative name, the VC-Turbo is getting a lot of interest from car geeks the world over. And why not – the pressure is on to extract as much energy as possible from every last drop of gasoline, and technology like this promises to do just that without neutering performance.

But what is variable compression exactly, and how does it work? And more importantly, should we even care? Read on to find out.

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Is Ready To Rumble In The EV Sports Car Market

Infiniti is not going to be confused as a serious mover and shaker in the premium market, at least in the way Mercedes, BMW, and Audi are treated. However, Nissan’s upscale brand did make some strong gains in 2016 when it delivered more than 230,000 vehicles for the entire year. Not only was that number up seven percent compared to its total in 2015, it also represented a new sales record for the company. So with bright and sunny days seemingly ahead for Infiniti, now appears to be a good a time as any for the brand to drop big news regarding its future. Well, Infiniti did just that by confirming plans to bring an electric sports car to market by 2020.

No less than Infiniti chief Roland Krueger confirmed the news to Autocar, saying that he’d already seen an early prototype of the car. Krueger didn’t dive into the details on what the EV performance car is going to look like or how much power it’s going to have, but he did say that the car would ride on a completely new platform and will be grounded on providing customers with impressive performance capabilities and impeccable handling abilities. Knowing this, it’s likely that Infiniti will tap into the pool of resources it has at its disposal courtesy of Nissan, the parent firm that has been in the business of electric cars for quite some time now, albeit in a far different capacity that what Infiniti plans to do with this new performance EV.

As far as speculating on this new EV sports car is concerned, we can harken back to the Emerg-e that Infiniti unveiled as an early concept of a potential hybrid-electric performance car. That’s not to say that the Emerg-E is going to be the complete peg of this future EV sports car, but the concept was packaged as an aggressive two-door sports coupe with a pair of electric motors that worked in concert with a range-extending three-cylinder engine to produce a total output of 420 horsepower, a range of up to 300 miles, and a 0-to-60-mph sprint time of just four seconds. Even by today’s standards, those figures fit into what an electric sports car is capable of.

Let’s hope than that Infiniti doesn’t spend the next three years developing this EV sports under a blanket of secrecy.

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition

What does the Ford Mustang Convertible, the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 100th Anniversary, and the McLaren 12C Spider all have in common? Not a lot, right? Well, that’s not entirely accurate because of these cars have all, at point or another, graced the famous Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, the same book that reminds us of the upcoming holidays and is filled with items that most of us can only dream about. The catalog traditionally arrives around October, and on cue, the 2016 edition comes bearing another laundry list of luxury gift items, none more eye-catching than the Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition.

For $63,000, customers can line themselves up with a special edition Q60 Red Sport 400, complete with striking exterior and posh interior upgrades, including an ivory leather weekender bag and a branded car cover, to go with some pretty useful tech extras. It’s also limited to just 50 units, which makes it all the more desirable considering that prospective owners will only shell out an extra $10,000 to turn a standard AWD Q60 Red Sport 400 into this golden firecracker.

Those who do end up buying the Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition should also take comfort knowing that for every purchase of the car, Infiniti itself will donate $1,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. If all 50 cars sell out as expected, that donation could add up to $50,000, a nice sum for the foundation. Best be quick about making a decision though because reservations for the special edition Q60 can only be done by calling 844-367-6971, beginning at noon, EDT, on November 2, 2016

Continue reading to learn more about the Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX60

Infiniti has announced the 2017 model year will bring a host of updates for its popular QX60. Headlining the updates is a heavily revised 3.5-liter V-6 with direct fuel injection and other improvements, along with an updated infotainment system and an upgraded rear-seat theater package. Exterior and interior designs aren’t changing, however, as Infiniti gave the QX60 a hefty update for 2016.

The QX60 continues to be based on the Nissan Pathfinder, so it’s no surprise Infiniti’s version is getting similar updates as the 2017 Pathfinder. Both are FWD-biased, unibody crossovers with three rows of seating that can fit seven passengers.

Introduced in 2012 as the JX35, the Infiniti got a name change in 2013 as part of the brand’s nomenclature realignment. Now a member of Infiniti’s QX SUV segment, the QX60 is joined by the QX30, QX50, QX70, and the QX80.

So without further ado, let’s look at the updates for the 2017 Infiniti QX60.

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PostHeaderIcon Cosmetic, Technology Upgrades Highlight 2017 Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti QX Sport Concept may be the highlight of Infiniti’s participation at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and the introduction of the company’s new VC-Turbo variable compression engine may have the most long-term importance. But sitting in the corner of the automaker’s booth is the 2017 Infiniti Q50, arguably the most important car in the company’s entire lineup. See, the Q50 belongs in the premium compact sedan segment where it competes against some industry titans, including the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class. For the Q50 to make an impression, it has to stand out against those models and for the 2017 model, Infiniti is banking on some exterior and interior upgrades, as well as some new tech offerings to get the job done.

It’s a tall task to ask for the Q50 to line up against the 3 Series and the C-Class, but expect it to hold on its own. For the most part, the Q50 has done just that with impressive sales totals, enough at least to become the best-selling Infiniti in North America in 2015. To keep that momentum going, the Japanese automaker has rolled out a fresh batch of new exterior colors, ranging from Midnight Black, Pure White, and Dynamic Sunstone Red. The sedan’s interior also benefitted from a new Designer Pack that comes with new colors – Graphite or Java Brown – for the quilted semi-aniline leather upholstery, a new open-pore dark wood veneer, dark chrome trim, and black roof lining.

On the tech side, Euro-spec models of the Q50 will be able to get the company’s new Telematic Control Unit system, allowing owners the opportunity to remotely control various functions of the car through the convenience of their own smartphones. It’s not a revolutionary tech by any stretch, but it’s a first for Infiniti. That counts in the grand scheme of things, right?

Outside of these upgrades, the Q50 still has the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that puts out 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque or 400 horses and 350 pound-feet of torque depending on the trim level.

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept Shows Off Restyled Design

Infiniti’s presence at the 2016 Paris Motor Show was highlighted by its new VC-Turbo, the first production-ready variable compression engine, but the luxury brand also brought the QX Sport Inspiration with it. Revealed for the first time at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, the SUV made its European debut in Paris, but arrived in France with a mildly restyled exterior and extra features inside the cabin.

In case you’re wondering what’s with the changes all of a sudden, Infiniti says that they add to the vehicles confident look. And besides, it’s not the first time that the Japanese brand updates its concept cars for new auto shows.

So what’s new for Paris? Well, the first things that catch the eye are the larger, 22-inch wheels. The new rims feature the same intricate design as the first concept, but they are now finished in a bronze hue. The second big change on the outsite is the matt grey, which replaces the silver seen on the first show car. The larger wheels give the concept a more powerful stance, while the dark grey color provides an interesting contrast with the bronze wheels and the chrome trim.

Infiniti also meddled with the interior, adding kick plate lighting at the base of every door and brown leather inserts for the black and white upholstery. Other than that, the QX Sport Inspiration Concept remains identical to the Beijing model and will inspire the next generation of Infiniti QX SUVs and crossovers.

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Debuts the VC-Turbo: The World's First Production-Ready Variable Compression Engine

The Paris Motor Show opened its doors to the press today, and over at the Infiniti booth we got to lay eyes on a new evolution of design for the 2016 QX Sport Concept, along with the 2017 Infiniti Q50. But, more importantly, Infiniti also broke cover on its brand new VC-Turbo variable compression engine. We’ve talked about this engine back in August when Infiniti first announced this new technology, but at the time we didn’t know very much about it. Now, Infiniti has spilled the beans, or at least a few more of them, anyway.

To put it simply, this engine is basically a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, gasoline mill that can deliver the torque and efficiency of an advanced diesel engine without all the nasty noxious gasses normally associated with oil burners. Shown in operating condition in the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept, the engine has a targeted output of 268 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque. Its compression ratio can be changed from 8:1 to 14:1 depending on the conditions at the time. 8:1 compression is used when there is a need for high performance while 14:1 comes into play when fuel economy is of the utmost importance.

In order for this variable compression technology to work, Infiniti designed a special multi-link system that can raise or lower the height of the pistons on demand. According to Infiniti, this little 2.0 little will be able to deliver the same power of V-6 units while remaining rather compact and significantly more efficient.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Says No to Hardcore Q60, at Least for Now

The Infiniti Q60 initially rolled onto the scene at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show as a concept that looked to be nearly production ready. And, sure enough, it didn’t take long for Infiniti to announce the car we had all been waiting for. Packing a 208-horsepower four-cylinder in entry-level form or as much as 400 horsepower with a 3.0-liter V-6, the Q60 is Infiniti’s halo car of sorts that competes with models like the Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 4-Series. With the range-topping Q60 Red Sport offering so much power, we’ve been hoping that Infiniti would take on the likes of the BMW M4 or Mercedes-AMG C63, but according to Car Advice plans for such a hardcore model don’t even exist at this point.

Car Advice caught up with Infiniti’s Senior Manager of Product Strategy, Gerardo Carmona, and asked him about a more extreme version of the Q60, but he did little more than let them down easy:

“That’s never going to be off the table, because Infiniti is all about performance, in a very sculpted and artisan way. But, unfortunately, it’s not going to come very soon. Everything is up for consideration, and we have a lot of options within the R&D group. Right now we’re focusing on the 400 horsepower and although we currently don’t have any ambition for this car to go and compete with the vehicles you’ve mentioned, as for doing something more, that is something we’re not yet able to disclose.”

With that said, there is at least a little bit of hope there since, you know, “that’s never going to be off the table.” But, it’s important to remember that Infiniti has always been a little more focused on luxury than performance anyway and it’s a small player in the grand scheme of things. The Q60 has the looks, and with the range-topping model pushing 400 ponies, it’s not exactly a slouch either, but how awesome would a 550 horsepower Q60 be?

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q60 Coupe

A full year has passed since Infiniti showcased the Q60 Concept, and the production car has finally arrived at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Not surprisingly, the coupe is nearly identical to the what appeared to be a production-ready concept back in 2015, with only minor changes setting the two apart.

Styling aside, the new car is more powerful and efficient than the model it replaces, while its interior is more in line with those seen in similarly sized coupes from BMW or Mercedes-Benz. Other important changes besides the revised engines in the drivetrain department are the absence of a manual gearbox and a drive-mode selector with no fewer than six settings.

The new Q60 also comes with a lower center of gravity and a revised suspension system, both of which should make it more nimble than its predecessor and a better competitor to German coupes. The redesigned Q60 will go on sale late this summer for the 2017 model year. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the new coupe in the comprehensive review below.

Updated 09/09/2016: Infiniti revealed prices for the most powerful version in the Q60 lineup, aka the Red Sport 400. The company also revealed the car will begin arriving at Infiniti retailers nationwide this month.

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Announces the World's First Production-Ready, Variable-Compression Engine

It’s true – eventually hydrogen- and battery-powered cars will take over and the internal combustion engine will be nothing more than a faint memory in the mind of the last remaining gear heads on the planet. For now, however, some automakers are extending the life of the ICE. Koenigsegg and FreeValve have been working on the camshaftless engine, and now, Infiniti has become the first automaker to announce an engine that features variable cylinder compression in a production-ready engine.

For now, the engine is technically in concept form but is set to be unveiled on September 29 at Mondial de I’Automobile during a press conference. That said, there isn’t a whole lot that we know about the engine as of yet, but we expect to see it first debut in the Infiniti QX50 (the production version of the QX Sport Concept) for the 2018 model year.

Roland Krueger, the President of Infiniti Motor Company, said, “VC-T technology is a step change for INFINITI. It is a revolutionary next step in optimizing the efficiency of the internal combustion engine. This technological breakthrough delivers the power of a high-performance 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine with a high level of efficiency at the same time.”

So how exactly does it work? Well, we’re not 100-percent sure quite yet, but after looking at images offered up by Infiniti, it looks like a pretty simple setup that allows a variation of piston height. This, in turn, alters the compression ratio from anywhere between 8:1 for high performance and 14.1 for high efficiency. Known as VC-T, the adjustment of piston height is seamless with the on-board engine control unit constantly adjusting the piston height to maintain the optimal compression ratio for driving conditions at any given time. In short, you’ll get the best performance when demanded but will experience better fuel economy when cruising around.

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Jumps Into Performance Segment With S-Badged Models

The Infiniti Eau Rouge performance line may not have come to fruition, but Infiniti isn’t about to throw in the towel on performance models just yet. On the contrary, the Japanese automaker is indeed pushing forward with a range of performance models, but instead of using the name of the famous section inside the Spa Francorchamps race track, it’s settling on a far simpler nomenclature by using an “S” badge on all of its performance models.

The automaker has already used the performance badge on the Q60 with the 400-horsepower Q60 S and the BMW M3-fighting Q50 S. Soon enough, the S badge will make its way into other models, most notably the QX50 SUV, a model the company is counting on to take the fight to some of the segment’s established performance SUVs.

Infiniti’s approach isn’t just about slapping an “S” emblem on its performance models. There’s a method to creating the lineup that ties into a plan of also creating some differentiation between the S-badged models. Infiniti president Roland Krueger made the distinction to Auto Express, describing it by attributing certain characteristics to a specific color. For instance, silver S-badged models are geared towards visual and performance modifications. On the other hand, blue S-badged models will feature the company’s direct response hybrid technology with red models making up the rest of the lineup.

Using color to denote a specific S-badged variant sounds a little quirky, but it’s also a subtle indicator that the company believes is an ideal first step towards creating a full-fledged performance lineup. Krueger didn’t say if this is going to lead to a separate performance division akin to BMW’s M division and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division, opting only to say that the company is going to take it one step a time.

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PostHeaderIcon Ignition Takes A Look At The Inifiniti Q50 Red Sport 400: Video

The Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 is not the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge. It’s a pity because the Eau Rouge was supposed to be the alter-ego of the Nissan GT-R, or at least that was the plan until Infiniti surprisingly shelved the car. So instead of the Q50 Eau Rouge, Nissan’s luxury brand decided to bestow the range-topping trim mantle to the Q50 Red Sport 400. It’s not that the Red Sport 400 is a bad car because it’s far from one. It’s got a nice look. It’s got 400 horsepower on tap. It’s also available in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. But is it really the kind of car that will make fans of the brand forget that, at one point in time, Infiniti was this close to having its own version of Godzilla?

Ignition’s Jason Cammisa sought to answer that question when he took a close look at the Q50 Red Sport 400. He lays out the foundation for the car, including spiels on its power (400 horses and 350 pound-feet of torque) and features (a new version of Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering system). According to Camissa, the Red Sport 400’s steer-by-wire system not only makes it the the first car to have this kind of steering, but it was also put in place as a “building block towards autonomous driving.”

There’s a lot to digest with Camissa’s review, and while he sometimes relies too much on his zany attempts at humor, he still does a good job touting the pros and cons of the car, right to the point wherein you start wondering if Infiniti should have just green-lit the Q50 Eau Rouge.

For what it’s worth, the Red Sport 400 is a nice car. But there’s just a voice in the back of my head that will forever wonder if Infiniti would’ve been better off using the Eau Rouge as its top-of-the-line model. Something to think about, right?

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Vision GT Supercar Concept

If you’re anything like our resident virtual hot shoe Ciprian Florea, you should know all about the Gran Turismo 6 Vision project. But for those of you drawing a blank right now, I’ll be happy to inform you. Dreamed up by GT game designer and pro race car driver Kazunori Yamauchi, Vision is an open proposal laid at the door of every major auto manufacturer. Essentially, it’s an invitation for designers to invent their idea of a two-door sports car for the Gran Turismo game world. The project has spawned some truly incredible creations, like the Toyota FT-1, Subaru Viziv, and Chevrolet Chaparral 2X (which, as Ciprian likes to point out, is powered by a friggin laser). Now, Infiniti is jumping into the fun with its own supercar concept.

Drawing inspiration from Formula 1 and design cues found in Infiniti’s road cars, the supercar concept you see here was plucked from the minds of the company’s design team in Beijing. “Part beauty, part beast, its shape is powerful, sensational and audacious — a mix of a track machine and the dream of our Chinese design team to create an ambitious racing language for Infiniti,” says the automaker in a press release. We agree, and would like to add that it looks totally sweet, as well.

Although the concept saw major aesthetic massaging, it also proved to be an extensive technical exercise, with real attention paid to the actual performance capabilities that a real-world version could possess. Details on these specs are available after the jump.

Update 05/19/2016: It’s been a long time coming, but the Infiniti Vision GT Supercar Concept has hit virtual showrooms and is now ready to be downloaded for Gran Turismo 6 on Playstation 3. Let’s race!

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Vision GT Supercar Concept.

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