Infiniti Emerg-e sports car

5 Mar, 2012 11:01pm Damion Smy

New Infiniti Emerg-e hybrid sports car concept has been unveiled at Geneva

This is the Infiniti Emerg-e, which has made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and it gives us a glimpse of an eco-friendly future sports car from the company.

It’s based on the Lotus Evora and features a clever powertrain. A pair of 14.8kWh lithium-ion batteries are charged via a plug or by a 47bhp three-cylinder Lotus petrol engine.

The batteries power two 201bhp electric motors, sending 402bhp and 1,000Nm of torque to the rear wheels. The Emerge-e does 0-62mph in four seconds and hits its 130mph top speed in 30 seconds.

A 10-hour charge gives a 300-mile range, and it emits only 55g/km of CO2.

The Emerg-e has a longer wheelbase than the Evora and is also slightly wider and lower, while the use of carbon fibre and aluminium parts helps to achieve a 1,598kg kerbweight.

Infiniti says the project aims to attract younger buyers to the brand, following on from the Etherea and Essence seen at the previous two Geneva shows.

Senior vice president and chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura said the Emerg-e evolves Infiniti’s fluidic design and looks like “a silk wrapping over the wheels”.

Inside is a carbon dash pod and sculpted seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara. There’s also a panoramic glass roof and a translucent metallic mesh floor.

The Emerg-e is said to be fully production-ready, with Infiniti waiting to gauge the reaction to it at Geneva. If it does go on sale, it’s expected to cost £150,000.