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Infiniti SYNAPTIQ & Q80 Inspiration Concepts Shown in LA

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

This week we’re continuing our coverage of the 2014 LA auto show. Today, we’re going to focus on Infiniti by examining both of the concepts they brought to this year’s LA event. Then we’ll finish off with another piece of Infiniti news we hadn’t expected to hear.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

We’d already seen this concept’s world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show last month, but this was the concept’s US debut. We’re talking about it again here because it’s such a cool car that it’s impossible to talk too much about it.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept LA

As Infiniti’s first-ever premium saloon, they went all-out on an incredibly eye-catching design both inside and out. Distinguishing features include the panoramic glass roof and the sleek, aerodynamic chrome and silver color scheme. And that huge front grille does more than just catch your eye – it can open at low speeds to cool the engine and close at high speeds to minimize drag.

Inside, Infiniti went the extra mile to maximize the comfort of each of up to four passengers. Both of the rear passengers get their own touchscreen, and all passengers get individual reclining armchairs. There’s even a built-in champagne bottle holder in the backseat! Materials-wise, the cabin is luxuriously fitted with quilted leather and Alcantara, along with more accent lighting than you can shake a stick at.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Interior LA

As we learned in Paris, the Q80 Inspiration boasts an all-new high-performance hybrid powertrain that can simultaneously pull off 150+ miles per hour and 43 miles per gallon. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 paired with an electric motor that, together, outputs a jaw-dropping 550hp.

The fact that they’re showing the Q80 Inspiration again makes that much more hopeful that it will eventually see production in some form.

Infiniti SYNAPTIQ Concept

2014 Infiniti SYNAPTIQ Concept

For the past 11 years, automakers coming to LA have been invited to contribute futuristic design concepts to the annual LA Auto Show Design Challenge. This year, Infiniti really wowed us with their SYNAPTIQ Concept. This year’s theme was, “Sensing the Future: How Will Cars Interact with Us in 2029?”

The SYNAPTIQ Concept was Infiniti Design San Diego’s contribution to the challenge, and their overarching theme was modular human-to-vehicle interaction. In fact, they invented an entire back story to support the car’s design…

In the year 2029, the SYNAPTIQ will compete in the A.R.C. race, which stands for Air Rally Circuit, demanding drivers to travel across the country over land and air in a triathlon-esque motor race. You can see a visual representation of the race below:

2014 Infiniti SYNPATIQ Multi-form Concept

The SYNAPTIQ will be capable of transforming from racecar to rally car to airplane, all through a SYNAPTIQ S.U.I.T. (Symbiotic User Interface Technology) which essentially taps into the driver’s spine and “connects the driver’s thoughts” to the vehicle. So, the idea is that you can use your thoughts to control the vehicle and to control what information is displayed on the virtual-reality liquid crystal interface that the driver is encased in.

2014 Infiniti SYNPATIQ Suit

Pretty crazy, right?

Even though it’s unrealistic even for 2029, it’s still a really cool concept that we hope Infiniti keeps tucked away for future reference.

Infiniti Q60 Confirmation

2015 Infiniti Q60

The last big piece of news to come out of the LA Auto Show is a confirmation that the Infiniti Q60 will be the first new vehicle coming to us in 2015. Infiniti tells us that we’ll see a preproduction concept in Detroit early next year, which means the car will likely go on sale by the end of Q2 2015.

Unfortunately, that’s about all we know for right now, so stay tuned for further updates as 2014 draws to a close. Otherwise, come back tomorrow for more LA Auto Show news!


Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Unveiled in Paris

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

We first looked at the quirky-but-sleek Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept a couple weeks ago when the premium Japanese automaker first previewed the new sports car. Now, with the Q80 Inspiration’s official debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, we have a bunch more pictures and more information to cover.

Paris Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

Most importantly, Infiniti has officially confirmed that the Q80 Concept is an actual production priority, although it’s still a design study at its core. Infiniti’s VP Francois Bancon says that one of the most appealing aspects of manufacturing the Infiniti Q80 is that it would have no direct rivals. We have to agree with him on that; the mold-breaking design and face-melting performance are more than enough to stand out from the crowd.

Let’s start with the mold-breaking design:

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

Infiniti says that the Q80 Inspiration was meant to deliver “feminine elegance and muscular menace in equal measure,” and they somehow pulled it off. The simple silver design almost seems to flow with the air around it, and it’s easy to imagine this car going really, really fast. The Q80 also has that luxurious floating glass roof made from lightweight acoustic glass, similar to the Toyota C-HR Concept we looked at last week.

With the Q80 Inspiration’s official debut, Infiniti has told us more about what to expect from the car’s interior. The Q80 is just as advanced inside as it is out, and you’ll find a host of futuristic technologies showcased inside the cabin.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Doors Open

Most notable is the incorporation of Infiniti’s driver-activated autonomous driving system, which can be activated at the press of a button next to the steering wheel. When pressed, the Q80 will use a Heads-Up Display (HUD) projected onto the windshield to offer assistance and make both visual and audible suggestions to the driver. However, the final action is always taken by the man (or woman) behind the wheel.

You won’t be surprised to learn that the underlying theme for the Q80 Inspiration’s interior is interaction. So, in addition to the autonomous driving system, Infiniti also incorporated an on-board entertainment touch-screen for not only the driver, but every rear-passenger. Meanwhile, the cabin is plush with quilted leather seating, exquisite Alcantara and leather upholstery and crisp metal accents, all brought to life through the panoramic glass roof.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept interior

Finally, many of you will agree that the best part of the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration is its performance. This car may look refined on the outside, but it’s a savage under the hood, boasting a mean 550hp from a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 hybrid powertrain. Apparently, this hyper-performing sports hybrid is a precursor to a whole new family of engines that’ll be introduced “within the next two years.”

The good news with all this is that Infiniti definitely wants to produce a Q80 sports car. The bad news is that it’s at least three years off, and we may have to wait as far out as 2020. Still, we should hopefully see at least one more Q80 Concept between now and then, so keep your eyes peeled for the next iteration.


New Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Coming to Paris

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Infiniti is bringing a large new four-door fastback concept to this week’s Paris Motor Show. This sleek and saucy concept, dubbed the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration, is apparently the luxury brand’s “vision of category-breaking, supreme luxurious driving.” As you can see below, Infiniti wasn’t lying – this concept definitely breaks conventional categories.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

We can tell you up front that there’s a lot more going on in this Q80 Inspiration Concept than first meets the eye. Still, we have to talk about a design like that, so let’s get that out of the way first.

The Q 80 concept is reportedly 189.9 inches long and 79.8 inches wide, so it’ll be a fairly large vehicle. Infiniti tells us that it’s a four-seat, four-door fastback that showcases the upper range of their portfolio expansion.

That explains the chrome accents along the concept’s body, along with the unique twin-spoke alloys the Q80 rides on. You’ll notice that Infiniti left out the side-mirrors to maintain a sleek, uninterrupted linear profile. Best of all, that lightweight acoustic glass windshield runs all the way along the top of the car’s teardrop-shaped cabin in order to create a truly lux exterior.

Inside, the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration continues to distinguish itself from the norm. Passengers will be seated in a “1+1+1+1” configuration, which probably means that the seats are arranged in a single-file line. Infiniti also tells us that, “the cabin is able to bring together the four occupants in a highly stylized and personalized ambulance of the highest quality.” They’ll use carbon fiber, aluminum and leather to create an interior that’s contemporary and clean.

Finally, Infiniti tells us to expect a level of mechanical prowess appropriate for a range-topping halo car. This premium fastback will be built on an advanced adaptive suspension with a light and rigid chassis. Hints of even cooler technology are aplenty, so we’ll know more when the car debuts. However, we do know that the acoustic glass we mentioned earlier will play a pivotal role in a quiet and comfortable driving experience.

With all that being said, chances are we won’t see a car exactly like the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept anytime soon. The name should probably be taken quite literally; this is a possible inspiration for a future Q80, NOT necessarily a direct pre-production prototype. Either way, we’re sure to see a bundle of new features and technologies in the new concept, so stay tuned later this week for the Inspirational debut.