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Infiniti supercar set to arrive by 2018 – report

August 12, 2013

Infiniti is set to introduce an all-new supercar within five years, a recent report has revealed. The car is expected to be developed with technology borrowed from the Red Bull Racing F1 team.

Infiniti Emerg-e concept

Aside from the Nissan Skyline-based G37, Infiniti doesn’t currently offer a bespoke sports car, let alone a supercar. This will be something entirely new, and much more focused and low-slung.

Speaking to UK publication Autocar, Fintan Knight, chief of Infiniti Europe, said the company is still weighing up the possibility of using a mid- or front-engine layout. Knight said the powertrain layout is also in discussion.

According to Autocar, the powertrain is likely to be based on a V6 petrol engine with additional performance coming from a hybrid electric motor system. The hybrid technology would come from experience obtained through Red Bull F1 developments.

Infiniti is planning to expand into more market segments in the coming years. The mid-size sedan, the Q50, is just around the corner, while a small SUV is also in the pipeline, potentially called the Q30 or QX30 – a Q30 concept will be revealed at the Frankfurt show next month previewing the new model.

Once the company builds its showroom with these models, the new supercar will arrive. It’s is expected to borrow design cues from the Infiniti Essence and Emerg-e (pictured) concept cars.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.