Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept: the design

Concept Cars 5 Oct 2014
Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept: the design

The complete image gallery and official design story of the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept, the large luxury sedan that anticipates the brand’s future flagship.

Combining generous dimensions with sleek proportions and a distinctive surface treatment with flowing, organic lines, the Q80 Inspiration Concept expresses a statement for the future direction of the Infiniti brand.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

The concept features a so-called 4×1 cocooning interior with a clean, uncluttered look and high quality materials and trims – a mix of leather, Alcantara and metal – as well as advanced technology such as a HUD display. The cabin is accessed through the car’s wide opening portal-style doors.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Interior

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director, commented: “From a design perspective, the Q80 Inspiration is the epitome of provocation, a car that breaks the mold of traditional premium sedan dimension and body form.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

“It delivers feminine elegance and muscular menace in equal measure and strikes big in terms of styling, craftsmanship, choice of materials and attention to detail.”

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

The Q80 Inspiration is equipped with a 550hp hybrid powertrain featuring a twin turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. Additional technical highlights include an aluminum and carbon composite bodywork and a driving assisting system that makes use of cameras, lasers and sensors.

Check the full image gallery or read below the official design details slected from the press release.

From the official Press Release:

Design Story

The Infiniti Q80 Inspiration kindles admiration. Full-size in both width (2010mm/79.1 inches) and length (5060mm/199.2 inches), yet just 1340mm/52.8 inches at its highest roof contour, the Q80 is grand sedan-like in exterior and interior dimension, yet a svelte, rear-canted fastback in its tip-to- tail relief.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

Organic forms and poetic artisan design converge with the latest composite materials, while portal-style doors invite a cocooning “4×1” seating experience with a full spectrum of leather finishes, Alcantara and metalwork.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept“Q80 Inspiration truly disrupts the class norm and has the power to excite like no Infiniti design before it,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director.

“This is our most premium, progressive and stirring concept yet. Seeing this vast and imposing car for the first time can suck the air from your lungs. Like a blow to the stomach. Q80 is currently the highest number in the Infiniti range – the halo, the icon, the very nucleus of our road cars. As such it is justifiably grand in every aspect.”

From first sketches some 15 months ago to the final vision now shown, the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration was always destined to push the very top tier of motoring experiences into new realms of artisan craftsmanship, borne on cutting edge technology.

“Long and sleek, fastback in silhouette, the Q80 Inspiration delivers feminine elegance and muscular menace in well-matched measure, and an inner space that not only cocoons and engages the driver, it celebrates the rear seat guests, too,” explained Albaisa. “This interior makes a strong statement in romantic luxury.”

Front grille

Framing the Infiniti emblem is a full-scale, chrome-edged front grille that blends style, cooling and aerodynamics. Organic and three-dimensional, like the pulsing gills of a cruising whale, at town speeds the gills part to flow air into the engine, sealing again as the road opens to direct air over the wide, curving hood.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept - Front Grille

Once rolling across the hood, the cool air “drags” hot engine bay air out of slender, finely meshed, full length hood vents. The eye may observe these vents as attractive style lines, but they too cool a turbocharger each.

The intricate manufacturing details employed in the front grille set the tone for what is Infiniti’s bravest, most striking concept car yet.

LED headlights

Branching up and away from the expansive front grille are a pair of LED headlights. Inspired by Infiniti’s signature human eye, set with an accusing stare and widely dilated pupils, it is the exterior framing that emits the bright white LED light.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept - LED Headlight

Each powerful LED is independently controlled for brightness, and in some cases direction, to illuminate the way ahead in the most efficient and revealing manner.

Linked to the car’s satellite navigation system, these headlights already understand what road contours await and automatically concentrate and adjust brightness for best effect – showing consistent, white light to those onboard, greatly reducing travel fatigue.


Crescent-cut C-pillars are an Infiniti design hallmark, and for Q80 Inspiration they take a dramatic starring role for form and function – not only as leading flourishes for the powerfully sculptured flanks of the concept, but also as cool air intakes for the hybrid boost battery pack.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept C-Pillars

As the slender side glass drops, the C-pillars are all the more arresting, standing proudly solo above those wide rear arches, chrome-trimmed and abruptly forward-facing, in an overall body form that is so sleekly rearward flowing.

Portal-style doors

Opening triumphantly wide, the Infiniti portal-style doors reveal the luxury, glamour and understated verve of the very finest of Infiniti inner spaces.

The sense of interior occasion starts here. The front door has a traditional front-edge hinge and the rear door a rear-edge hinge, making ingress and egress gracefully simple, framing the side view of the crafted leather and metal romance with the seductive arc of the car’s roofline.

Interior Design

The driver of the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration is engaged and enveloped by technology and luxury – the best seat in the cabin for those who love to drive. The three other passengers in the car are equally celebrated.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Interior

To coin a fresh phrase for this segment-defining new concept, the “4×1” interior brings everything to everyone onboard, when and how they want it. Configurable, borderless and human-centric.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Interior

Minimal physical interfaces fall effortlessly to the driver’s fingers. A flat- bottomed, pistol-gripped steering wheel invites interaction via thumb controls – the only switches needed – while an elegant billet controller operates the automatic gearbox on the driver’s right side, mounted on the curving full length center piece.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Interior

Each bucket-style seat stands alone, quilted and body-molding, while the softest of Alcantara suede couples that cushioned quilting with thick, high-texture saddle leather for a rich feast of sight, scent and touch.

Buttons and dials make way for smooth, leather-wrapped surfaces that stretch uninterrupted from door to door. The technology is there but it is on demand, unseen until requested.

For the driver, the HUD (head-up display) projects crisply onto the eye-line of the windscreen the critical information of their choosing, augmented for that driver with assisting and enhancing autonomy, again at their chosen level. A small, personal touch screen for all seats is a borderless gateway to the Q80 Inspiration’s technology, conveying personal data and environmental information.

Cutting edge technology complements the beauty of physical detailing elsewhere inside the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration.

Minutely laser milled aluminum satin surfaces and trim pieces please the eye and the fingertips, while horse hair in the front row carpet adds to the lushness. The soft leather in some areas is specially stiffened to give it a mosaic look and feel.

Micro-stenciling is applied to the surface of the speaker cones to better channel and project the music sound around the cabin. The exhaust sports the same acoustic enhancement.

“There is a tendency with modern design that every time you add interior features and technology you add complexity,” added Albaisa. “The idea with Q80 Inspiration was to re-define and simplify how we interact with people in the car. Of course the Q80 Inspiration has the key features which are premium, smart and engaging, but simplicity was our main objective.”

(Source: Infiniti)


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