Paris Motor Show LIVE: Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept image

The Japanese luxury marquee has taken the wraps off its Q80 Inspiration concept, publicly introducing it during the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

The concept, which actually previews a future range-topping Q80 model has been styled as a fastback, which means the company will pit the future series produced model against the likes of Audi’s A7 and BMW’s 6 Series Gran Coupe. Infiniti says the new model is “audacious and elegant” and at least this time we won’t argue the Inspiration is a real head turner.

“The Q80 Inspiration concept was born to disrupt the premium sedan category,” said Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President, Product Strategy. “We aim to do this with elegance, style, and emotion. Q80 Inspiration is how we see the future in terms of moving people in the higher end of our portfolio. This car is making a statement. Q80 Inspiration is a precursor of a production model in this segment and, as such, integral to our future.”

The concept, which features suicide doors and 22-inch alloy wheels also has a windscreen that transforms into a full-length panoramic glass roof. The car is 5052 mm long, 2027 mm wide, 1350 mm tall and has along, 3103mm wheelbase. The cabin, very luxurious, has been treated to a minimalist design featuring a digital instrument cluster and a central console that extends in the rear.

Power comes courtesy a hybrid powertrain that mates a win-turbo V6 3.0-liter engine to an electric motor, together delivering a combined output of 550 HP (405 kW) – all sent towards only the rear wheels or to all four, depending on the situation. Performance figures are not out, but Infiniti says the concept can make do with just 5.5 liters / 100 km (42.8 mpg), emitting 129 g/km of CO2.