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Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge

David McCowen

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge.

Infiniti is looking to surpass its European rivals with a powerful new sports sedan.

Nissan s luxury arm hinted at a true performance car with an aggressively styled concept for the Detroit motor show known as the Q50 Eau Rouge . Based on the new Q50 sedan . a rival to the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Q50 Eau Rouge is a muscle-bound four-door that could take on the mighty M3 and C63 AMG sports sedans.

Infiniti president Johan de Nysschen says a production-ready Eau Rouge would have at least 370kW and 800Nm.

Through our various alliance partners we have access to a range of engines featuring this performance capability which, with a fair amount of engineering effort, can be developed to exhibit Infiniti character and accommodated within the Q50 engine bay, he says.

The engine we are evaluating for the Q50 Eau Rouge is a big personality, V-cylinder engine with forced induction. I think our engineers have been waiting for a project like this.

That motor is likely to be sourced from Nissan . Infiniti s parent company, or Mercedes-Benz, which supplies a diesel engine for the entry-level Q50.

The Nissan GT-R s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 makes 404kW and 628Nm, and is a distant relative of the 3.5-litre V6 already confirmed for the Q50.

On the Mercedes-Benz side, the 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 used in the CLS 63 AMG S and E63 AMG S produces 430kW and 800Nm, more than enough to make the Q50 one of the world s fastest sports sedans.

Mercedes-Benz could also provide a smaller V8 turbo motor rumoured for the next-generation C63 AMG, or Infiniti could use Nissan know-how to turbocharge its own engines.

Infiniti is at pains to paint a racing pedigree for itself, having recently sponsored the Red Bull Racing formula one team.

The brand says its Eau Rouge concept is born out of competition at the very pinnacle of motorsport, mirroring components from the successful RB9 race car , such as an F1-style rear fog light.

Sebastian Vettel, F1 racer and Infiniti director of performance, says the car was named after the second turn at Belgium s grand prix facility.

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The Eau Rouge corner complex is one of the most challenging and satisfying parts of any circuit in the F1 calendar, Vettel says.

The speed through it, the initial compression, extreme lateral G-forces and blind apex, give you a big rush. Get it right and it’s incredibly rewarding. But it can also catch you out. Infiniti says the concept hints at a future powerful product line , though the car has not been confirmed for production.

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