Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept, 2014 Detroit Auto Show
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Infiniti is finally serious about launching a proper performance product, and our first taste of what’s to come is the awesome-looking Q50 Eau Rouge concept. At the concept’s reveal at the Detroit Auto Show last month, Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen said that any production version of the Q50 Eau Rouge would be developing over 500 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Unfortunately, he refused to say how the car might go about developing those numbers.
We’ll find out the answer to that conundrum very soon as Infiniti has confirmed that it will reveal the powertrain of the Q50 Eau Rouge at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. In the lead up to the show, Infiniti released this teaser video which presents the sound of the new engine, which sounds very much like a turbocharged unit.
We’d go so far as to say that it sounds a lot like the twin-turbocharged V-6 fitted to the Nissan GT-R. Could the Q50 Eau Rouge at long last be the four-door GT-R many have been dreaming about for years? It certainly looks sounds that way.
Infiniti is yet to say whether the Q50 Eau Rouge will enter production in its current form but has dropped plenty of hints that a high-performance Q50 variant is planned. Whether this high-performance Q50 turns out like the Q50 Eau Rouge will depend on customer interest, but Infiniti says it is listening carefully to feedback.
For those wondering, Eau Rouge is a section of the legendary Spa-Francorchamps race track in Belgium, which is a mainstay on the Formula One calendar, and one day we might see the name affixed to Infiniti’s most potent road cars. We’ve heard that Infiniti might use the Eau Rouge name as its new performance branding as a way to link the brand’s sponsorship of the Red Bull Racing F1 team with its road cars.
We’ll have some answers soon, as the 2014 Geneva Motor Show gets underway on March 4. In the meantime, hit the repeat button and listen to the aggressive sound of Infiniti’s Q50 Eau Rouge again and again. Then, hit up our dedicated hub to see what else will be presented at the Swiss show.
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