Infiniti’s Q50 Eau Rouge Concept was a rather stunning piece of machinery. Infiniti have now revealed the powertrain for the super-saloon, and we smell more than just a hint of GT-R power in the works.
In fact, the Q50 Eau Rouge will be the 4-door Nissan GT-R you always wanted, featuring Godzilla’s 3.8-litre biturbo V6 engine, tuned to generate 418kW and 600Nm. This will be mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox and feature full-time all-wheel drive with a 50:50 front-to-rear torque split. This will see the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge sprint from 0-100km/h in less than 4 seconds and on to a top speed of 290km/h. See? Nissan GT-R in a suit!
As we’d stated previously, the Q50 Eau Rouge is named after the Eau Rouge high-speed corner at the Spa-Francorchamps race circuit in Belgium. The design is said to take much influence from Formula 1 and from the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team.
The Eau Rouge features a host of bespoke aerodynamic carbon fibre bodywork, and sits lower and wider than the production model Q50. While the appearance may seem to be similar to the production car, almost every panel is custom made for the Eau Rouge, with only the front doors and the arch of the roof pillars retained as standard components. Also aiding the visual aesthetics of the Eau Rouge are 20-inch alloys filling wider arches. The interior of the Q50 ER features a “high-grip steering wheel”, paddle shifters, and carbon fibre, red, and chrome detailing to enhance the sportiness of the concept.
With a wheelbase of 2850mm and an overall length of 4803mm, the Q50 Eau Rouge, should it see production which looks likely at this stage, will feature in the same segment as the M3 and C63 AMG, but with power outputs matching that of the M5 and RS6.
The Q50 Eau Rouge stands to be one of two things – either the most robotized super-saloon we’re yet to encounter, or the most incredible super-saloon of our time. We’re hoping for the latter – and with its gorgeous looks and incredible drivetrain, it could be a game-changer!
All we know now is that it’s beautiful, crazy, and sounds like this: