This Modified 2020 Infiniti QX80 Will Battle In This Week’s Rebelle Rally

The full-size SUV will run through the desert trials this week

This Modified 2020 Infiniti QX80 Will Battle In This Week's Rebelle Rally
Off(road) and running: INFINITI unleashes the ‘Rebelle’ within as the modified QX80 begins its endurance rally. (Photos: Infiniti)

The 2020 Rebelle Rally team Wander Women will pilot a modified (by CALMINI) Infiniti QX80 – and it looks badass.

Team Wander Women will pilot a Calmini-modified 2020 Infiniti QX80 in this year’s Rebelle Rally. We recently covered the basics about the team and Infiniti’s entry, but this story covers the modifications Infiniti added to their 2020 QX80.

Calmini Products, Inc., based in Bakersfield, California, prepared the QX80. Calmini is unique as they specialize in some vehicles that other aftermarket off-road builders overlook. The firm’s builders specialize in manufacturing off-road components for Isuzu, Suzuki, Mahindra and Nissan products — among others.

This Modified 2020 Infiniti QX80 Will Battle In This Week's Rebelle Rally

These modifications include:

  • A 3-inch lift: This includes adjustable upper front control arms, coil over shock spacers, and one piece MIG-welded sub-frames
  • Off-road performance shocks
  • Rally computer (this is not a navigation aid. There is no electronic navigation used in the Rebelle Rally. Everything is done using maps, compass and way-points).
  • Custom made front and rear bumpers
  • A PowerTank air-up tank and digital air-down kit
  • More robust skid plates throughout the vehicle
  • Off-Road Monster 18-inch wheels
  • Nitto Terra Grappler G2 295/70R18 A/T tires

“The INFINITI QX80 is up for nearly any task. Whether it’s tackling the challenges of the grueling Rebelle Rally or the routine of daily life, we’re excited to see our flagship SUV put to the test.”

ERIC RIGAUX, GENERAL MANAGER OF PRODUCT PLANNING AND STRATEGY FOR INFINITI MOTOR COMPANY

Off(road) and running: INFINITI unleashes the ‘Rebelle’ within as modified QX80 begins endurance rally

The rest of the 2020 Infiniti QX80 remains stock. That means it has a 400 horsepower 5.6-liter V8 that makes 413 lbs-feet of torque. Unusually, Infiniti is still using their seven-speed automatic transmission in their vehicles (which includes this race-prepped example). Currently, Nissan has a new, more efficient nine-speed automatic transmission in the 2020 Nissan Titan.

Despite this, we know that the bones of the Infiniti QX80 which is the Nissan Patrol (basically a Nissan Armada in the U.S.) is a solid, capable truck. It should perform well and we hope that Infiniti bakes more off-road ability into their future offerings.

Check out more about the 2020 Rebelle Rally here, and more on the Infiniti QX80 below:

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