Infiniti is tantalisingly and teasingly close to releasing a supercar that could turn the luxury car world upside down. We’ve seen the Q80 Inspiration and Q60 Concept debut within the past year, at the Paris and Detroit auto shows.
Before that were cars like the electric-powered Emerg-E sports car, not to mention the outrageous Q50 Eau Rouge, a sedan stuffed with the same twin-turbo V-6 and all-wheel-drive system found in the GT-R supercar.
Now we have this, the Infiniti Vision GT. It’s another hint that Nissan’s luxury brand is thinking seriously – and for a seriously LONG time – about propelling its range into some rarefied territory occupied by exotic cars.
This concept came about thanks to Sony Playstation’s Gran Turismo racing simulator, and this marks the first time the low-slung coupe has appeared in the real world. While still very much a concept – meaning it doesn’t have a powertrain, or an interior of any sort – the design is an absolute homerun.
The entire front of the Vision GT is dominated by a chrome-ringed grille with the Infiniti logo proudly in the centre. Seen from the side, we spot more than a hint of GT-R, especially in the air vents immediately ahead of each door. Could this concept be a styling exercise for Nissan’s next supercar? And it could also signal that Infiniti might get a rebadged and restyled version of the next “Godzilla” sports car?
A range-topping performance model makes a lot of sense, considering Infinitihas often struggled to find its own identity in the luxury car market. It could also allow Nissan the chance to reap some extra profit by getting more mileage (and sales) from the next-generation of the GT-R platform and powertrain.
For the moment, you can only drive the Infiniti Vision GT in the video game world. But don’t be surprised if Infiniti rolls the dice and something very close to this concept scorches it’s way to tire-smoking reality within the next 2-3 years.