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Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Previewed Ahead of Paris Auto Show

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/23/2014 Eric Weiner

Visitors to the 2014 Paris auto show would do well to visit the Infiniti stand, where the Japanese automaker will introduce a flashy new four-door luxury concept. Meant to challenge the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, Porsche Panamera, and Audi A7 with even more modern and sultry styling, the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration hints at a future production model we can hope to see in the coming years.

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The Infiniti Q80 Inspiration concept looks to be one of the more daring design efforts we’ve seen from the brand in recent years. The concept bears a highly stylized design language with flowing lines extending from the front all the way to the rear of the car. We can see the A-pillar reach straight over the roofline before it terminates just shy of the trunklid, framing the narrow greenhouse and boomerang-shaped C-pillar. Four passengers will fit inside the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration concept, gaining access to the carbon fiber-, aluminum-, and leather-trimmed cabin via suicide doors.

Infiniti 2014 Paris Motor Show Teaser© Provided by MotorTrend Infiniti 2014 Paris Motor Show Teaser While we can see elements of the older Essence concept in the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration’s mirror-less fastback shape, pronounced rear haunches, wrap-around taillights, large 22-inch wheels, and long wheelbase, this latest concept is promised to birth a future model. At 198.9 inches long, 79.8 inches wide, 53.1 inches tall, and with a wheelbase of 122.2 inches, the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration is longer and lower than any of the aforementioned German four-door “coupes,” and it has a longer wheelbase.

We won’t know for sure what underpins the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration until we get a closer look at the Paris auto show, but it’s still possible that it builds off the Q70 sedan 's platform. Infiniti confirms that the Q80 Inspiration utilizes a hybrid-electric drivetrain, advanced adaptive suspension, and plenty of lightweight acoustic glass to keep the cabin quiet.

Infiniti is right to go bold with the Q80 Inspiration’s styling, given the stiff competition in the sexy luxury four-door segment. We’ll have to wait until we see the full car to decide how the car’s wavy chrome grille, teased earlier this year, works with the rest of the design.

Source: Infiniti

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