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Infiniti Mulling High-End Sports Car

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On: Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 4:00PM | By: Chris Weiss

Infiniti Mulling High-End Sports Car

It looks like the Lexus LF-A may get a little competition from another Japanese luxury automaker: Infiniti. Rumors indicate that Nissan's better half is considering a high-performance sports car, a possible big brother to the GT-R. And the rumors come directly from the mouth of Infiniti chief Toru Saito.

The Infiniti sports car is far from confirmed, and may dissipate into thin air in the weeks and months that follow the report, but it does appear that the company is giving some serious consideration to introducing such a car. It's not entirely clear if the model would be high-end enough to compete with the Lexus LF-A and other all-out supercars, but indications are that Infiniti would base the car on the Essence concept that it showed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.

The Essence concept, which bears serious resemblance to the Fisker Karma, featured a twin-turbo 3.7-liter V6 with a 158-hp electric motor that provided an electric assist function. The hybrid powertrain put out a total of 592 horses. After being introduced in Geneva, the Essence ran in the 2009 Goodwood Hillclimb.

It's not entirely clear how much of a possible production car would be based around the Essence, or if it will feature a similar hybrid powertrain.

Insiders state that Infiniti has more important ventures to focus on at the moment, so we may not get an answer to the sports coupe question anytime soon. Or ever.

We're definitely pulling for an Infiniti supercar. And if it works out, maybe Acura can bring an NSX successor to the mix to round out sports car offerings from Japan's Big 3.

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