Infiniti Extended Range Sports Car Concept Teased [Video]

Infiniti knows sexy. Their cars have flowing curves that look right at home next to car show babes, a set of golf clubs or a well-manicured lawn.

That’s why it really was a tease when they released photos last October of their new extended-range electric sports car. The company is still playing coy about the concept, but we know that it’s going to take the same philosophy as the Chevrolet Volt by implementing a 1.2-liter mid-mounted engine.

A few days ago Infiniti released their third teaser, which included a few snippets of information about the car. What’s probably most intriguing is that Infiniti is committed to making a car that has zero emissions capability and track-ready performance in the same vehicle.

Francois Bancon, Infiniti’s Deputy Division General Manager of Product Strategy and Planning, says the car will be a guilt-free experience with exceptional handling.

What’s really interesting is how different manufacturers are approaching the marriage between performance and efficiency. On the one hand, you have the Tesla Roadster, which is fully electric and fun to drive albiet with less sports car speed than you might hope. On the other, there are cars like the Scion FR-S, Toyota’s soon-to-launch sports car that uses a Boxer 2.0-liter four cylinder.

The FR-S is far from a zero-emissions car, but as performance coupes go, we’re expecting pretty mild EPA estimates. That brings us back to Infiniti’s take on the whole thing. They’re saddling up right in the middle, with both electricity and gasoline. It’s set to debut in March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, where we’ll bring you coverage of the event.

You can watch the video below, but be warned, you may fall asleep. This video makes your uncle’s tired family Christmas stories sound as epic as Homer’s Iliad.

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