Infiniti Says Radical Q60 Project Black S Should Make Production

Infiniti has given the strongest suggestion yet that the radical Q60 Project Black S will spawn a rival to the Mercedes-AMG C63 and BMW M4.

Speaking to Motor Magazine, Infiniti Cars Australia product planning manager Bernard Michel said the car should see the light of day.

“Let’s just say under the new regime of management I doubt that [it will be killed],” he said.

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a BMW M rival from Infiniti. In 2014, it unveiled the Q50 Eau Rouge concept and initially said that it would hit the production line and spawn a range of ‘Eau Rouge’ badged high-performance models. But, after mulling over the business case of the GT-R-powered super sedan, it cancelled the project.

However, at the time of the Q50 Eau Rouge’s cancellation, the luxury division of Nissan was being run by Johan de Nysschen. Now, former senior vice president of BMW Roland Krueger serves as Infiniti’s CEO and according to Michel, this will make all the difference.

“It was under two different sets of management. Roland Krueger who is the CEO now, he comes from BMW, so performance-based cars, and he has an objective, he wants to see these sorts of projects come to life. His endeavour is to continue to build this brand.

“He [Krueger] is pushing this agenda and he wants to have a fast flagship for the company,” he said.

Power for the Q60 Project Black S concept came from a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 paired with a kinetic energy recovery system from the Renault Sport F1 team to deliver 500 hp. Michel said there is serious interest in bringing this powertrain to the road.

“I think there’s a relationship there with F1, we’re the technical partner to them specialising in hybrids, so you basically have all the guys from Japan and they want a one-for-one translation. If you’ve got the potential from a performance perspective to do it, why not?” he asked.


  • Howstar

    Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas! Please

  • TheBelltower

    Looks mean. Nice!

  • Gust

    Kinda racist name of this project, infiniti will have problem selling this car in America…

    • SomeRandomCommenter

      Is it racist for MB to have Black Edition cars too? Get your head out of your ass.

      • Six Thousand Times

        Breathe in…and…out…ahhhh…

      • Gust

        Black S
        Try to say it and you find something disturbing, they can use any letter, but they choose this, you gotta back to school boy, because cant even read what is writing.

        • Status

          You see that space between the letters? It reads ‘Black S’, not ‘Blacks’

          Just because you have a weak English major doesn’t mean you get to dictate public policy or even corporate production policy.

          • Gust

            You really think that the Black S (Black Ass) is ok?
            I dont know what in your mind, but the world is bigger than just your head.

          • Status

            Nobody here sees ‘Black S’ as ‘Black Ass’. Only you do.

            I don’t know what is in your head, but it’s so diluted with alarmist garbage of words that simply aren’t there at all, that perhaps it’s your head (your mental health) that needs attention.

            The world truly is much larger than your frightening headspace, where nobody else reads or pronounces words as you think they ought to. THAT is solipsist, and an embarrassing public admission on your part.

        • SomeRandomCommenter

          Nothing disturbing about it. Companies use the letters S or R typically for high performance models. Stop trying to find a fault where there is none. You might be the one who needs to go back to school…

          • Gust

            You need to worry yourself, that you cant even read straight…All your screaming was your fault because you imagine what you want and when you found yourself wrong you just put the reverse gear, what a shame.

          • SomeRandomCommenter

            I read it straight as it is, you’re skewing it. What screaming are you even talking about? I think @Status is right about your mental health.

          • Status

            Do you even proofread what you’ve typed? It’s you who is wrong for misreading ‘Black S’ as ‘Black Ass’, and you’re too ashamed to admit it. If all of this spun from a misreading on your part, why can’t you owe up to it and simply admit you were wrong? This is an automotive forum, not an oratory or elocution forum.

    • Chris Robbins

      Don’t be gay

  • Bash

    I sense an attitude … personality. I like that.

  • pureworx

    hope it doesn’t have a price tag to rival a gtr

  • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

    Anyone remember the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge?

    Yea. I’ll
    Hold my breath.

    • gshemant

      They should have made it. 85k would have been reasonable for a sports sedan with a gtr engine

    • fabri99

      It made me so sad not to see it make it into production. Fantastic machine, great name, wonderful engine.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I want this MORE!!!!

  • U8INIT

    They can kiss my Black S goodbye if they don’t…

  • Nathan Brinks

    YES YES AND MORE YES!!!!!!!!! Build it and build it now! My money is waiting!

  • fabri99

    Sure, into production just like the Q50 Eau Rouge should have been… Don’t let us down this time, Infiniti. Please.

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  • Richard

    Hope they make it soon enough before my lease ends at the end of this year! Hopefully it’ll be priced competitively just below the M4’s price. C’mon Infiniti, just make the production version already!

  • S3XY

    Only thing I don’t like is that window trim. Other than that this is pretty sick. Make it a plug in and i’d get it.