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Infiniti Previews Electric Supercar Concept

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On: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 10:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

Infiniti Previews Electric Supercar Concept

One of these days, Infiniti is going to get its own supercar. The Nissan GT-R has just "too good a platform" to allow Infiniti to become the only of the three major Japanese luxury brands to not have a supercar (Lexus has the LF-A and Acura will have the NSX). Nissan's luxury brand is reportedly considering several different variants as a potential flagship, one of which is undoubtedly this stunning Emerg-E concept.

Putting aside, the cheesy "Emerg-E" name, this design appears to be all win. It takes much of the natural curviness from the 2009 Essence concept and packages it into a muscular, mid-engined layout.

Like the Essence concept, the Emerge-E uses a hybrid powertrain. Infiniti hasn't released all of the details but has said that the concept has a mid-mounted range-extending powertrain. Motor Trend suggests that it will use the Nissan Leaf's 80 kW motor along with a 1.2-liter engine, but that tiny powertrain reads more like a typo than an actual prediction after looking at the Emerg-E's big, powerful mid-engined looks. Considering that Infiniti has called it an "advanced sports car concept," we don't see how it could possibly be content in plunking a Leaf powertrain in its middle.

While we'll reserve judgment until all the details are public, the Emerg-E looks like an able competitor when put up against eco supercars like the Porsche 918 Spyder and Jaguar C-X75. Based on looks alone, it's definitely in that sexy, shiny, silvery league. Assuming it has something more substantial than a range-extended Leaf powertrain, it should have the heart to compete.

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