Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Infiniti Emerg-E

   The new Infiniti Emerg-E, revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, is a gorgeous sports car concept with a brawny hybrid powertrain to back up its beauty.

  The car is driven by two electric motors which combine to produce 402 horsepower and a staggering 738 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel from zero to 60 mph in just 4 seconds flat.  Pure electricity can power the car for 30 miles, until a Lotus-built three cylinder engine kicks in to act as a range-extending generator, similar to the system found in the Chevy Volt.

  Being the first Infiniti developed in Europe, the Emerg-E had a lot more input from Lotus than just the generator.  For starters, it's built off of an Evora chassis, which helps to achieve a relatively light curb weight of 3,523 pounds.  What's more interesting is that the entire powertrain is extremely similar to the Lotus Evora 414E concept we saw at Geneva back in 2010.

  For now the Emerg-E is just a concept, but the official press release calls it "physical proof of Infiniti’s intension to produce a bold halo model befitting the brand’s promise of Inspired Performance," which hopefully means that we'll be seeing a production version of this breathtaking concept very soon.


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