It's a funny thing, being rich and famous. You can afford anything you want, but everything comes to you for free. Just ask Sebastian Vettel, who – as reigning Formula One World Champion two years running now and brand ambassador for Infiniti – can get any luxed-up Datsun he wants. Which may not be quite as exciting as Fernando Alonso having his run of the Ferrari motor pool or Lewis Hamilton getting his hands on the new McLaren MP4-12C, but it's not without its perks, to be sure. Like the Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Version.

Unveiled as a concept vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in September, the Vetteled FX packs a 5.0-liter V8 good for 414 horsepower and an estimated 5.6-second sprint to 62 mph, along with carbon fiber aero bits aplenty, reduced weight and a lowered suspension.

Back in October, we received confirmation that Infiniti was, indeed, planning on offering the special edition performance crossover – based, as it is, on the FX50S Premium model – in limited quantities, and the company has now officially announced its availability.

Only 200 examples will be made at an as-yet undisclosed but assuredly lofty price, with orders being taken now for delivery next year. But before you go racing down to the local Infiniti dealership, know that the model will only be offering in Europe and the Middle East. Which is just as well, because we can't imagine many American buyers ponying up the kind of cash Infiniti will be asking for the privilege just because it's named after some kid from Germany, no matter how many grands prix he's won. Official announcement after the jump.
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INFINITI POWERS UP THE FX SEBASTIAN VETTEL VERSION

Infiniti today confirmed the FX Sebastian Vettel version, shown first in concept form at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, is to enter a strictly limited production run of 200 units to be sold across Europe and Middle East regions. The announcement was made by Bernard Loire, Infiniti Vice President for Europe and the Middle East.

The production version will match the 420PS output of the concept car making it the most powerful Infiniti yet to be sold by the European business unit. Although no price is available yet, it will also be the most expensive.

The car is a collaboration between Red Bull Racing's champion racing driver and global brand ambassador, Sebastian Vettel, and Infiniti's Chief Creative Officer, Shiro Nakamura. With its sophisticated technology, lightweight components and features such as Rear Active Steering for maximum agility, the V8 FX50S Premium - Infiniti's current flagship as well as its best-selling model in some markets - provides the ideal starting point for the FX Sebastian Vettel version. Changes including increased power, lower weight, longer gearing, increased downforce and lowered, stiffer suspension turn what is already a sports car among crossovers into a crossover supercar.

Customer reservations are being taken now ahead of first deliveries from early 2013.


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      tump
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd buy it only if it came with the driver, because that bloke is very attractive and funny. (If y'all can go on about car show t-n-a, then I can go on about drivers.)
      JeremyClarkson
      • 2 Years Ago
      great. even more cartoonish shapes all over that SUV format. who in their 20s can afford this car?
      Storm Jolt
      • 2 Years Ago
      No absolutely not.... if any thing a Vettel version on a real sports car would make since; but a suv? no thanks. how bout the GT-R, now that's more like it.
        evannever
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Storm Jolt
        The FX is not an ordinary SUV and has been lauded over and over for its sports car like driving dynamics.
          Redline
          • 2 Years Ago
          @evannever
          I'm sure the G (Skyline) is a better sportscar than the FX.
      ICantDrive88
      • 2 Years Ago
      Many? Seems to me that I could find 200 buyers in the US. Lots of loaded guys wanting to look like D Bags!
      David J. Bernstein
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honestly, this has RICE written all over it. The bodykit is disgusting. It looks like something some ricer cooked up in his garage. Get rid of all that crap on it and the JX can look halfway decent.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      So much F1 inspiration in that design... :/
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is on the boder line of looking good and looking uglyyy
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously, only an idiot or a Lewis Hamilton fan, well, same difference, would buy the BMW X6 over this. This car is sculpted. X6 is shaped.
        Sukairain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
        X6 is a potato with a BMW badge..... shaped? more like digested and bowel shaped. .
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Devin Christiansen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not a fan of Vettel really, but love Infiniti. This car looks really great.
      DIRT RACIN'
      • 2 Years Ago
      What awesome shoes to be in. Who wouldn't want the perks with that job!!
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