The Infiniti Emerg-e Concept, the latest embodiment of Infiniti Inspired Performance, made its North American debut during festivities surrounding the 62nd annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, one of the world’s premier celebrations of the automobile.
Infiniti, which has enjoyed a major presence at the event for many years, showed a number of special vehicles in addition to the Emerg-e, including the Infiniti LE Concept luxury electric vehicle, the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 show car, and the all-new 2013 IPL G Convertible – the second member of the Infiniti Performance Line, according to a press release.
“It is always an honor to be included among the prestigious activities during the week of the Pebble Beach Concours and this year we’re bringing our most advanced concept ever,” said Ben Poore, Infiniti Americas vice president. “Named ‘Best in Show’ at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Infiniti Emerg-e truly is one of the most technically interesting and artfully sculpted automobiles in the world today. It is a major achievement in both engineering and design.”
As the first mid-ship sports car the marque has ever produced, the Emerg-e “takes the Infiniti design vocabulary in a fresh, intriguing and convincing new direction,” the company stated.
Its goal is to blend supercar performance with the ability to function as a true electric vehicle. The 402-hp mid-engined, twin electric motor-powered car is capable of accelerating from 0-60 in four seconds, and from 0-130 mph in a single, seamless 30-second burst. Yet it also operates as a zero-emission urban transport over a 30-mile range.
The Emerg-e stretches Infiniti’s already accomplished expertise in the areas of electric vehicles and alternative propulsion systems. Along with its advanced Infiniti M Hybrid luxury sedan, Infiniti recently announced that a production luxury electric vehicle, based on the Infiniti LE Concept, will join the line in 2014.
Meanwhile, Infiniti LE Concept’s compact EV platform maximizes interior space by placing the lithium-ion batteries under the passenger compartment floor, helping provide a low vehicle center of gravity for enhanced handling and maximized trunk room without compromising front or rear seat passenger legroom or comfort, the company noted.
A “smart hospitality” interior combines a luxurious Infiniti environment with next-generation instrumentation, driver interface and connectivity. In keeping with the Infiniti challenger mentality, the LE Concept also includes a built-in wireless charging system, which is expected to be the first home-based wireless charging system if adapted for the production version.
The Red Bull Racing Formula 1 show car represents Infiniti’s ongoing involvement and partnership with the Red Bull Racing F1 team, which has helped raise Infiniti’s visibility throughout the world. The Red Bull Racing team and driver Sebastian Vettel won back-to-back World Championships in 2010 and 2011.
And the new 2013 IPL G Convertible “combines seductive style with a highly engaging driving experience,” the company added. Key features include a 343-hp 3.7-liter V-6, 7-speed automatic transmission, IPL-tuned suspension and sport brakes, and unique exterior and interior treatments.