We don’t think you’re going to be able to head to your local AutoNation and pick up an INFINITI Q60 Project Black S any time soon. But the recently revealed prototype does shed some light on what kind of powertrains we might see on the next generation of the company’s high-performance offerings.
Given that the recent Prototype 1o and Prototype 9 were both electric, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that internal combustion will only be a part of the strategy.
All told, the Q60 Project Black S is packing 563 horsepower, which isn’t an earth-shattering number in today’s hyper-powered landscape. What’s interesting is the way it generates that poke, as it harnesses state-of-the-art tech adapted from Renault’s F1 program. The pair of turbos mated to the 400-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 also contain motor-generators, which recover energy and funnel it to a 4.4-kilowatt-hour battery, which can then spin another electric motor tied directly to drivetrain.
It’s good for another 163 horsepower, and helps the coupe make the sprint to 60 mph in under 4.0 seconds. To help combat lag, the motor generators can also be used to spin the turbos, so drivers don’t have to wait for exhaust pressure to build up before enjoying their force-fed goodness.
At this point, the biggest trade off for the system is weight, so the engineers ditched the back seat, and added a host of carbon fiber — roof, hood, fenders — bits to push the scales back in the right direction. Overall, we think the package looks boss, and we’re encouraged that the Project Black S looks basically production ready, so we could see something similar being offered for sale in the near future. Until then, take a look at all the official glamour shots below.