The clean, straightforward design of the 2020 Qx60 is let down only by the turbo model’s excessive add-ons.
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The prototype-like name of the ultimate Infiniti sports coupe is there on purpose. The Q60 Project Black S is exactly that, but it’s also gone a long way since the early concept days in 2017. Presented at the 2018 Paris motor show, the prototype version practically represents a production-ready vehicle, but the Japanese aren’t ready to explore that option just yet. Considering it sports some of the most advanced pieces of F1 engineering, Nissan brass first needs to find a way to make it cost-effective. The Project Black S boasts Renault Sport’s Formula 1 technology consisting of what they call a dual-hybrid powertrain and a corresponding aero package which produces high levels of downforce. The motorsports theme carries over to the car’s interior as well, but that was the least we could have expected from the Japanese automaker. (READ: Infiniti Qx70 Review Top Gear Price)
The powertrain in question consists of a 3.0L twin-turbocharged V6 internal combustion mill and no fewer than three electric motors/generators. Two of them are tied to the turbos and can regenerate energy from the exhaust regardless of whether the car is braking or accelerating, while the third one is mated to the engine. The entire setup gives the Project Black S coupe 563 horsepower, which is genuine supercar performance. Despite weighing more than 3,900 pounds, the ultimate version of the Q60 still manages to hit the 60 mph mark in under 4 seconds.
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Of course, the kinetic energy recovery system costs a fortune and is typically only featured in fully-fledged supercars which often cost a few hundreds of thousands of dollars. No vehicle from Nissan’s luxury division has broken the six-digit barrier yet, so Infiniti’s reluctance is understandable. Should they proceed and convert the Q60 Project Black S into a real production model, it’ll certainly become their most expensive car ever. Their job now is to find a way of keeping this disproportionate gap as narrow as possible. Meanwhile, the testing of the new technology continues and a production version featuring the dual-hybrid KERS system could arrive as early as sometime in 2020.
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The best value in 2020 Qx60 is a base model with manual gearbox, but it’s still decently priced after adding fancy audio, leather, and a moonroof.