The new CEO of Infiniti, ex-Audi America boss Johan de Nysschen, revealed the plans in a letter addressed to “Dear Infiniti fans” on Facebook, which aimed to address criticism of Infiniti’s decision to change the way its cars are named.
De Nysschen said: “It would be a bit odd to have a powerful, luxurious and refined V8-powered Infiniti M56, then position a new high-tech 550+ horsepower performance flagship for the Infiniti M range above it, using a potent charged induction V6, but then call it Infiniti M30, which we would be obliged to do, following our current naming logic.”
The Infiniti CEO then went on to hint at more performance models in the pipeline, as the firm prepares for “the introduction of several fascinating new models, above and below the current line up, a wider range of powertrains, including some truly stunning performance cars in our future.”
Infiniti stopped short of confirming what the new performance saloon powerplant would be, although the 542bhp 3.8-litre twin turbo V6 from the Nissan GT-R could be a front-runner.
The new naming strategy for Infiniti means that the firm’s BMW M5 rival won’t be badged M, as it is now. When it arrives, the sports saloon will be the top of range Infiniti Q70, likely to carry the Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) branding to denote its extra sporting credentials.