Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept Thrills Motorists
Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Engine And Performance
The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is one of the most muscular, powerful and prestigious executive saloons ever created. Its purpose – rather than as a prelude to an imminent production model - is to provide motorists with “a glimpse” into the manufacturer's prowess for creating performance models and to emphasise its links to Formula 1. Power in the Q50 Eau Rouge comes courtesy of a 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged, 568bhp, petrol engine that can deliver 600Nm of torque via seven-speed automatic transmission. A four-wheel-drive system – fifty percent of the power at the front and fifty percent at the rear - then transfers torque into forward motion. The result is 62mph in about four seconds and a maximum speed of 180. Such figures are comparable to a Ferrari California 4.3-litre V8 DCT – so if a successor to this concept car makes it to mass production, it should be very fast. It should certainly be stiff competition for established models such as the BMW M3.
Infiniti Boss Discusses Q50 Eau Rouge
Infiniti President, Johan de Nysschen, said: “I think our engineers have been waiting for a project like this. Through our various alliance partners we have access to a range of engines featuring this performance capability which, with a fair amount of engineering, can be developed to exhibit Infiniti character and accommodated within the Q50 engine bay”.
Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Styling
The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge looks similar to its siblings but virtually every panel is bespoke. It only shares its front doors and roof pillar arch, in fact. This enabled the manufacturer to incorporate styling cues from motor sport.
Infiniti claims that the “sculpted front wing” and “rear aerodynamic packaging” are influenced by the RB9 Formula 1 car. The vast wheels and vibrant paint complement these fashionable features. Furthermore, the bright chrome detailing found on its siblings has been replaced with a matt finish on the front grille, window surrounds and handles. The impact is menacing and emphasised by the wide, low, stance. Confirmation of its sporty credentials comes via air vents cut into the bonnet. Interior highlights include the high-grip steering wheel that houses paddles enabling the driver to select gears manually without a foot clutch, rather than replying on auto shifts. What a fantastic car.