Infiniti Essence Concept at 2009 Geneva Motor Show

Essence

  • Looks like: Infiniti is still employing the designer of the new FX
  • Defining characteristics: 592-hp hybrid sports car
  • Ridiculous features: For a high-end sports car, not many
  • Chance of being mass-produced: If the economy were booming, we’d say good

Infiniti clearly started designing the Essence concept in better times. How else to explain a nearly 600-hp sports car concept with a hybrid powertrain and rear-wheel drive? We’re sure a year ago it sounded like a slam-dunk, but how quickly things change.

Still, this concept should be applauded. The proposed power plant puts a twin-turbo V-6 up front that’s good for 434 hp. In back is a lithium-ion powered electric motor designed for high-performance applications, producing another 158 hp. It’s a neat layout, too, because the electric parts, the battery and motor are behind the front seat. Many sports cars don’t have rear seats anyway, and cargo room is rarely a real concern.

In the looks department, besides the big-mouth-bass-like grille, the Essence is striking. Bulging fenders are part of the company’s new design language, and the streaky headlights remind us of those on the new Nissan 370Z and Maxima.

We imagine Infiniti could build this car sans the hybrid powertrain pretty easily. Either way, we doubt there would be many people to buy one these days, which is too bad. Because that means we won’t get to drive one.

More photos below.

By David Thomas | March 6, 2009 | Comments (6)

Comments 

Bowrider

I think you mean "large mouth bass."

L.S.

That profile view is stunning. The rest, not so much as it seems a bit overdone in classic Infiniti/Nissan fashion.

It could have been a good contender and a serious attention grabber for Infiniti. Too bad it will probably never make it to production. Although, if they get rid of the hybrid and manage to keep everything at around $60k, I could see this working out.

brockway

Stunning

Joe

Looks amazing. Rear sightlines would probably be atrocious. Nothing a few cameras couldn't fix, I suppose.

Sexy lines and love that paint color.

LP

It's absolutley stunning. Inside and out. I'm just suggesting, could it be Infiniti's version of the Nissan GT-R? I hope it goes into production, even though the economy is bad. Well, fingures crossed.

You may remenber the four proverbs:
A bad workman always blames his tools.
A contented mind is a perpetual feast.
A good beginning is half the battle.
A little pot is soon hot.

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