With 390 horsepower on tap and a five-second 0-60 time, the Infiniti FX50 crossover really doesn't need much in the performance department. But merely "fast enough" isn't a term you'd commonly associate with Sebastian Vettel.

The defending Formula One World Champion drives an FX in his down time, serves as Infiniti's brand ambassador and has lent a capable hand or two in the development of the latest concept car coming out of the Nissan luxury division. The special Vettel edition has been anticipated for a few months now, but will finally be unveiled at the rapidly approaching Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

Just what specifications the special edition will encompass remains to be seen, as the short press release after the jump is conspicuously light on details, but from the solitary image released so far, we can tell it looks like one very mean performance crossover, with new aero bits, lighting, wheels and badging among the changes.
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SEBASTIAN VETTEL TO UNVEIL HIS PERFECT INFINITI

ROLLE, Switzerland (August 28, 2011) - Infiniti today releases the first image of its concept car to star at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 13. It will be unveiled by the Infiniti FX driver who helped design it: reigning Formula One World Champion, Sebastian Vettel.


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      emacemacii
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know I might get thumbs down a long way(I am not really a SUV fan anyways). I think this chubby catfish looks better than the Cayenne's confusing mixture of Porsche brand-identity and Volkswagen conservative-ness. I did get behind the wheel of my friends first generation FX35 during a ski trip and I thought despite the funky looks it did drove quite nicely. It's one of those cars that I wanted to hate but I couldn't because it's really not too bad.
        Dump
        • 3 Years Ago
        @emacemacii
        I owned a 1st-gen FX45. The exterior was always off-putting to anyone that wasn't familiar with its spec sheet. Was a great daily driver in all types of weather, especially the snow. Excellent handling & stability for a mid-size SUV that was a bit on the heavy side.
      Bucks
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok...The Idea of a Vettel inspired performance range is nice- whacking it on an SUV..stinks of marketing if you ask me. It may have grunt but if you really want a car to be associated with racing pedigree like Vettel, wouldn't it be more at home on a model like the G Coupe or at least some other SEDAN?
      jayss2k07
      • 3 Years Ago
      What an utterly pointless vehicle.
        Nick M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jayss2k07
        No more pointless than an SRT8 Jeep, BMW X5-6, or the Porsche Cayenne Turbo...
      Seph
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks nice! they should put it production..
      Burabus
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow it actually looks good
      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it. It's different than all the other crossovers in the market. Of course, with it being the Vettel Edition, it won't be sold in the US.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        Not to go against my comment... But wouldn't it have been better if they built a NISMO/Renaultsport-tuned M56 with at most 550hp? Be an awesome competitor for the Mercedes-Benz AMG E63, BMW F10 M5, Cadillac CTS-V, and Audi RS6. Either that, or a pair of Gs powered by the same 5.0L V8 pumping out up to 420hp to compete with the M3, RS4, IS-F (Infiniti's main competitor) and C63.
      kmanning83
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice, but it could do without the fender vents.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kmanning83
        If they're functional, they need to be there to rid the wheel wells of turbulent air.
      Draw007
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still ugly.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Codeman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does Vettel drive an SUV? If so, he's a douche, just like Hamilton.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      Niceeeee :-)
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice but a spoiler/wing in the back? Really? LoL.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        If it has enough power, it might need it.
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