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Infiniti is working on a “Project Black S” based on the Q60. Project Black S is Nissan’s premium brand exploring a new high performance model line, and the Geneva showcar will help to gauge potential public interest in such an offering.

A “radical reinterpretation” of the Q60 coupe, Project Black S features a “stand-out, aerodynamic design” and hints at how a unique-for-the-road performance hybrid powertrain could significantly enhance the dynamics of an Infiniti production car, the company says. The tech is F1-inspired, developed in collaboration with the RenaultSport Formula One Team.

“Infiniti is the premium car manufacturer within the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and a technical partner to the RenaultSport F1 Team, so it is natural that we come together to explore the possibility of bringing innovative high-performance hybrid tech to our customers. Infiniti has constantly led the way in making innovative new powertrain technology available, and we’re extremely excited by the potential of Project Black S,” said Infiniti president Roland Krueger.

The performance hybrid powertrain being explored through Project Black S features an “energy recovery system” (ERS) to harvest energy, deploying recovered electric power to boost power and torque for instant lag-free acceleration. Inspired by the dual-hybrid system in F1, this technology is not currently available in road cars.

Revealed a year ago, the Infiniti Q60 coupe can be had with a twin-turbo 3.0 litre VR V6 engine pushing out 400 hp and 475 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 5,200 rpm. The Audi A5/BMW 4 Series rival’s design is striking, as you can see in this video of the coupe in Cuba.

GALLERY: Infiniti Q60