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A Look At INFINITI’s Q80 Inspiration Concept Vehicle

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Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Monet, and Picasso drew inspiration from the world around them to craft timeless masterpieces that still hold the world in breathtaking awe to this very day. Now, from the minds of INFINITI’s master designers comes an inspirational new vision of a luxury 4-door sports sedan that is set to inspire a new generation of automotive enthusiasts.

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Behold the extraordinary INFINITI Q80 Inspiration Concept Vehicle.

This revolutionary concept vehicle gives us a glimpse into the future of INFINITI’s always evolving design and engineering philosophy. It leaps from the imagination to create a visceral response of wonder and amazement.

According to INFINITI’s VP of Product Strategy, Francois Bancon, “The Q80 Inspiration was born to disrupt the premium sedan category.”

A Vision Of A New Generation Of INFINITI’s

Unveiled at the prestigious Paris Auto Show, the Q80 is more than just an exercise in design prowess by INFINITI’s remarkable team of engineers, it is a solid framework upon which to build an entirely new generation of luxury sports sedans.

“We aim to do this with elegance, style, and emotion. Q80 Inspiration is how we see the future in terms of moving people to the higher end of our portfolio. This car is making a statement. Q80 Inspiration is a precursor to a production model in this segment and, as such, integral to our future,” Bancon said.

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Provocative Styling

According to INFINITI, the Q80’s exterior combines “fastback contouring” with “sedan-like dimensions.”

“From a design perspective, the Q80 Inspiration is the epitome of provocation, a car that breaks the mold of traditional premium sedan dimension and body form,” said Alfonso Albaisa, INFINITI Executive Design Director. “It delivers feminine elegance and muscular menace in equal measure and strikes big in terms of styling, craftsmanship, choice of materials and attention to detail.”

Automobile Magazine’s Joseph Capparella observes that the vehicle’s front end “continues this wind-swept design…The steeply sloped rear end gives the Q80 Inspiration a dramatic look…”

Futuristic Interior & Technology

As bold as the Q80’s striking exterior is its futuristic interior that offers a foretaste of new autonomous driving technologies. Passengers gain access to the Q80’s cabin via “suicide” doors that swing widely outward, unobstructed by any “B” pillar. Once inside they settle into seats made from gorgeous Alcantara leather.

A tour de force of creativity and innovation, the Q80’s cockpit is a remarkable place where you can touch and experience the future of automotive design and technology. The interior is dominated by a large “flat-bottomed” steering wheel and oversized center console that contributes to making the Q80’s interior “a welcoming, uncluttered environment” that carries out the vehicle’s objective to accentuate simplicity of design, form, and function. Contributing to this minimalist design philosophy and “human-centric ethos” are displays and controls that remain invisible until needed, thus keeping the dashboard devoid of any distracting technology.

Some of the advanced technological features employed in the Q80 include heads-up displays (HUD) for both the driver and front passenger. The front passenger can interface their smartphone to access external information and content via the vehicle’s telematics system. Additionally rear passengers can use a touchscreen on the back of the front seat for various entertainment options.

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A Forecast Of Autonomous Driving

The Q80 Inspiration is also a showcase of INFINITI’s latest thinking on the development of new autonomous driving technologies. Designed as more of an ongoing “dialogue” with the driver, INFINITI’s vision for autonomous driving is intended to enhance the driver’s abilities, rather than to restrict them.

“As part of our creativity and exploration philosophy, INFINITI considers that autonomous driving is an integral part of a premium car of tomorrow. In our case, we have taken the approach that autonomous driving should empower and enhance the driving experience, not do the driving. Our path of development is not taking us into the area of self-driving vehicles,” said INFINITI’s Bancon.

Cameras, sensors, and lasers combine to provide the driver with essential real-time information presented on the HUD. The system can be toggled on or off with a button positioned on the left-hand side of the steering wheel and can be further controlled via an INFINITI InTouch™ touchpad in the center console. When engaged, the system alerts the driver to a variety of changing road and traffic conditions using audible tones. For example, sensors provide the driver with a variety of choices, such as whether to accelerate to pass a vehicle in front or brake the car to fall in behind it. The final decision to react accordingly always rests with the driver.

Brilliant New Powerplants

The Q80 Concept Vehicle also affords INFINITI an opportunity to showcase its approach to engineering a unique new hybrid powertrain that employs an all-new, twin-turbocharged, all-aluminum, direct injection 3.0-liter V6 making 450 horsepower coupled with an electric motor that pumps the power output to a prodigious 550 horsepower while still delivering an estimated 42 mpg. Power is directed to either the rear wheels or all four wheels either automatically or on-demand via an advanced 9-speed automatic transmission. These powerplants cast an eye to a new generation of engine options currently under development and destined for production in the near future.

Indeed, much of the design, engineering, and technology utilized in the Q80 may ultimately make their way to production vehicles much like the Q30 concept car did at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

“Q80 Inspiration is a concept vehicle, but there is a production intent associated with it,” added Bancon. “The naming of the car indicates that something like the Q80 Inspiration will be in our portfolio of the future. This vehicle will inspire all of our future products.”

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The Future Is Now At Germain INFINITI Of Easton

Your future Infiniti luxury automobile is waiting for you today at the premier Columbus, Ohio INFINITI dealership, Germain INFINITI of Easton. Stepping up to one of our luxurious and technologically advanced new 2016 INFINITI cars for sale near Columbus has never been easier when you take advantage of our exceptional INFINITI lease specials and many INFINITI manufacturer incentives.

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Visit our spacious and modern INFINITI showroom where our commitment to your total satisfaction is our only concern. Germain INFINITI of Easton is conveniently located at 3833 Morse Road, Columbus, OH 43219. To arrange for your personalized VIP sales consultation, please call us at 888-582-6171. To reach our Service Department, please call 866-638-0862.

*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage will vary depending on your driving habits and vehicle maintenance.

Sources:

http://www.infinitiusa.com/now/future-vehicles/q80-inspiration-at-the-paris-auto-show

http://www.automobilemag.com/news/infiniti-q80-inspiration-concept/

 

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