Did Infiniti Out-Ferrari Ferrari?

February 27th, 2012

Infiniti Emerg-E concept

Images of the world’s two newest supercars began to circulate through the Internet this weekend, one being the 2013 Ferrari F620 GT and the other taking the form of an Infiniti Emerg-E concept.

The F620 GT will replace the glorious V12 front-engined, RWD 599 GTB. Questions have surrounded the car. Would it continue to use a V12 or succumb to modern trends and use fewer cylinders along with some form of forced induction? Would it be RWD or incorporate the FF’s innovative AWD system? Would it take styling cues from the controversial FF or be more fluid like the 458 Italia?

Many of those questions have been answered, but I’m left wondering if Infiniti built the better Ferrari.

The F620 will indeed stay true to form and use a massive V12. The 6.3-liter engine will produce 740 horsepower and 690 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful twelve-cylinder engine to ever come out of Maranello. With a redline of 8,700 rpm, this powerplant will move the Italian grand tourer to 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds and 100 mph in 8.3 seconds. It’s also lighter, lower and shorter than the 599. Those are numbers that typically make me drool, but the design, at least judging from what I see here, doesn’t scream Ferrari. It looks designed by a committee, with the front end of the FF, lines from the Mazda Nagare design, and, dare I say, a Corvette-like silhouette?

2013 Ferrari F620 GT

2013 Ferrari F620 GT

We do have official images of the Intiniti Emerg-E concept. We don’t have exact specs just yet, but know it’ll be a midengine, range-extended electric supercar. Yes, I’ll take V12 power any day over an electric motor, but one thing Infiniti nailed is the design. It has the curves of the luscious Ferrari 458 and is sexier than the “World’s Sexiest Car,” the McLaren MP4-12C.

If it has the chops to compete with the likes of the Audi R8 and Lexus LFA, this is one electric car that could get me to finally jump to the electrical side of the fence.

Both of these cars will be at the Geneva Motor Show, and pictures from the floor will let us know for sure which company built the prettier car.

At this point, which car is more beautiful, the Ferrari F620 GT or the Infiniti Emerg-E?

-tgriffith

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  1. Elise H
    February 27th, 2012 at 14:28 | #1

    The Infiniti Emerg-E is one CRAZY HOT car!

  2. Randy
    February 27th, 2012 at 13:48 | #2

    Considering that Infiniti ended up sharing the basement with the likes of Jaguar and Chrysler in the most recent JD Powers dependability survey, perhaps they should work a bit harder on quality and less on supercars. Luxury brands like Infiniti and Jag should be ashamed to give their owners such a poor performance.

  3. Martin
    February 27th, 2012 at 11:04 | #3

    To me, the silhouette says, “250 GT”, not “Corvette”. I really like this design, which seems to be modern-retro. There has been a trend, in the past few years, toward retro, so this is not an area where Ferrari is leading the market, however I think it is very well done and is more attractive than many recent sports cars. If the designs of the past are what stirs the soul, then this is the right direction. For me, this is exactly the car I would purchase if I had the means to do so.

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