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Infiniti Shows The Sporty Side Of Green With Emerg-E Concept

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On: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 5:31PM | By: Chris Weiss

Infiniti Shows The Sporty Side Of Green With Emerg-E Concept

Infiniti pulled the cloth off of what is likely its sexiest, most dynamic car ever at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. The Emerg-E concept is part Earth-hugging range extender, part menacing, pure-blooded super sports car. We tend to love both parts equally.

The third in a line of "E" concepts designed to showcase what Infiniti calls its Adeyaka design language (the Essence and Etherea being number 1 and 2), the Emerg-E is a lightweight, range-extending sports car. Infiniti turned to Lotus for help in equipping the Emerg-E. The concept uses a 402-hp pair of electric motors driving the rear axle. Those motors, which were also seen in the Lotus Evora 414E concept, provide up to 30 miles of all-electric capability. Hethel's 47-hp 1.2-liter three-cylinder range-extending engine delivers up to 270 additional miles for a nice, round total of 300.

The Emerg-E is not just a kind, caring hybrid - it also packs a punch. Thanks to its 738 lb.-ft. of torque, the concept is capable of hitting 60 mph in 4 seconds. Its speed is limited to 130 mph to make the best use of its battery power.

Infiniti didn't just borrow powertrain elements from Lotus, it also borrowed the Evora's chassis for its concept. The Emer-E sits on a slightly lengthened version of the Evora's aluminum chassis. A carbon fiber body is planted atop that chassis.

Infiniti says that this is one of several possibilities for a mid-engined flagship. Infiniti product planning chief Francois Bancon told Autocar that the design is entirely feasible for production, saying that it would have to be priced at $150,000+. The company is considering building a working prototype as a next step.

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