With 400 horsepower and handsome styling the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 is a nice grand tourer, but it's certainly not a rival for the BMW M4 and its ilk. Thanks to the help of Renault Sport F1, though, the Q60 could be. Meet the 500-hp Infiniti Project Black S, a hybridized vision of what a performance Q60 could be.
Right now, this car is only a concept, and , it doesn't even have an engine yet. That doesn't mean we shouldn't get excited for it, though. The Project Black S features a lot of neat technology that could very well make it to production.
If it came to fruition, this concept would be powered by a version of the same 400-hp 3.0-liter V6 found in the Q60 Red Sport 400, but that's not the interesting part. That honor goes to an honest-to-goodness F1-style KERS system that harvests energy when off throttle to help spin up the turbo as soon as the driver goes back to throttle. The result, theoretically, is virtually lag-free acceleration.
To reflect this new, high-tech powertrain, Infiniti's UK design studio gave the Q60 a makeover for the Project Black S too. Big fender flares house 21-inch wheels, and there's new, functional aerodynamic pieces at the front and rear. The Project Black S also gets a titanium exhaust, and flashes of yellow paint, to highlight Infiniti's collaboration with Renault F1.
So, this is only a concept for now, but Infiniti seems pretty gung-ho on building it. We'll ask them if it'll reach production when we see it at the Geneva Motor Show next week.