Infiniti is reportedly getting closer to building a halo sports car, but it won't be based on the GT-R.
has been looking to have a halo car for some time. Many may have thought that Infiniti would simply rebadge and re-body the Nissan GT-R
, but that option was ruled out by the Japanese automaker a while back. However, that hasn't stopped the luxury division from pursuing other options, one of which is a production version of the Emerg-E. As a quick refresh, the Emerg-E was a concept range-extender electric sports car that debuted at Geneva last March.
Its engine, which is mid-mounted, consists of two electric motors that drive the rear wheels independently through the use of a single-speed transmission. In addition to the electric motors, its range-extender engine is a 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline unit. Now, if the Emerg-E's profile looks somewhat familiar, then you'd be correct because the car is built on the same platform as the Lotus Evora
. By linking up with Lotus
, Infiniti was able to save money on platform development costs. So far, so good, but what about production possibilities?
According to Car&Driver, prototypes are currently testing, and at Goodwood later this week, Infiniti will show a running example for the first time. It's clear that Infiniti is serious about developing this technology, but what's not 100 percent is whether a production Emerg-E would have the necessary performance capabilities for a halo car.
Car&Driver also mentions that the 2009 Essence concept could be an alternative. It could even utilize a twin-turbo V6 and electric motor. Again, nothing is certain as of now, but what's clear is that Infiniti wants to up their game with a true performance car. Just don't expect it to have GT-R capabilities.