There has been ongoing talk of an Infiniti using the Nissan GT-R powertrain practically since the moment the Nissan's flagship sports coupe hit the road. While the rumors have gone back and forth over the years, they have never completely gone away. It seems Infiniti is finally turning an ear to the screams of its most vocal enthusiasts with an updated version of the Q50 Eau Rouge concept boasting a modified version of Godzilla's engine and all-wheel drive system debuting at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It's even taking things a step further and granting it a new, seven-speed transmission to replace the Nissan's six-speed.

The latest evolution of the Eau Rouge packs the same 3.8-liter, twin turbocharged V6 found in the GT-R but with a unique tune of 560 horsepower and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque. That makes it 15 hp more powerful than the standard 2015 GT-R but gives up 20 lb-ft of torque. Power gets to the ground through the GT-R's all-wheel-drive system. Infiniti predicts that the Eau Rouge would sprint to 60 miles per hour in less than 4 seconds and on to a top speed of 180 mph.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge engineAccording to Infiniti Communications Senior Manager Kyle Bazemore in an email to Autoblog, the modded GT-R powertrain was not the only choice for the Eau Rouge. It also considered "developing a high-power sports diesel" and hybrid versions with an electric supercharger. However, "this was the clear solution for this concept car," Bazemore said. Other than the drivetrain, the Eau Rouge in Switzerland is identical to the one shown in Detroit. Sadly, it is not confirmed for production; so we might not be getting the fabled Infiniti GT-R sedan any time soon. Still, we can hope.

In addition to the Eau Rouge, Infiniti is also adding a new entry-level Q50 that is launching first in Europe and China. It is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, petrol four-cylinder with 211 hp and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque and a seven-speed automatic. There is a chance the powerplant could also arrive in US models later as a less expensive, more economical option to the car's standard V6. Scroll down to read the full press release on both models and listen to the Eau Rouge start up.
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Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge roars into life – 560-hp engine revealed

Twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 gasoline engine, 7-speed gearbox, all-wheel drive Power output of 560 hp and 600 Nm of torque
Q50 sports sedan to receive 2.0-liter turbo charged gasoline engine in Europe


Geneva / Hong Kong – Infiniti has boosted excitement in the high-performance premium sports sedan segment at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show by revealing a powerful engine for the Q50 Eau Rouge concept. The beating heart of the Eau Rouge – a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter V6 gasoline engine – was revealed on the Infiniti show stand today.

The Q50 Eau Rouge – a high-performance concept car based on the premium manufacturer's award-winning Q50 sport sedan – was first revealed at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January as a Formula One inspired, carbon fiber aero- enhanced concept. Q50 Eau Rouge now tells a compelling power story with a full 560 hp and 600 Nm of torque on demand.

"Building on the extremely positive feedback on the Q50 Eau Rouge at its recent Detroit Auto Show launch, we decided to further whet the appetite of performance sports sedan fans by engineering this powerful heart into our blood-red beast," said Johan de Nysschen, president of Infiniti Motor Company Limited.

"A car with such pronounced styling treatments demands the very best in terms of high-performance powertrains, which is why we installed this V6 twin- turbocharged, 7-speed combination as an example of what a potential powertrain for the Q50 Eau Rouge may look and sound like."

The 3799cc V6, 24-valve, twin-turbocharged gasoline engine partners a full- time, all-wheel drive system with 50/50 front-to-rear torque split. Predicted acceleration of 0-60 mph in less than four seconds and a top speed close to 180 mph would put the Q50 Eau Rouge firmly into the premier league of super- sports sedans.

The most powerful and exhilarating gasoline-powered Infiniti model has not been confirmed for production, but the unveiling of the latest iteration of the Q50 Eau Rouge in Geneva underlines the company's determination to create engaging performance cars for a premium segment.

The Q50 Eau Rouge engine soundtrack can be heard here.

Q50 sports sedan to receive 2.0-liter gasoline turbo engine
Expanding the Q50 powertrain range, and also on display in Geneva, was a new turbocharged 4-cylinder, powerful yet highly efficient gasoline engine that displaces 1991cc and develops 211 hp and 320 Nm of torque. Driving the rear wheels through a 7-speed automatic transmission, the engine comes to China in the spring and Europe in autumn before rolling out to other of Infiniti's global markets before the end of the year.

About Infiniti
Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in approximately 50 countries. The Infiniti brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan and the United States. Production in China and Europe will start soon along with the expansion of the brand's portfolio.

As the Title Partner and Vehicle Performance Partner of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Infiniti has a far-reaching technical collaboration with the Formula One team, and Sebastian Vettel, its four-time World Champion driver, serves as Infiniti's Director of Performance.

More information about Infiniti, its Total Ownership Experience® and its industry leading technologies can be found at www.infiniti.com. For the latest news on Infiniti, visit InfinitiNews.com, "like" Infiniti on Facebook or follow the brand on Twitter @InfinitiUSA. For interesting content on Infiniti in Formula One visit: www.infiniti- gp.com, www.youtube.com/InfinitiGP or follow on Twitter @InfinitiGP.


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      Christopher
      • 9 Months Ago
      Loving Infininit's new direction. This car is hot! Make a shooting break variant as well guys!
      mitytitywhitey
      • 9 Months Ago
      It's about time they used the VR38 for more than just a crazy one-off edition of the Juke. I would be a little surprised by them using the DCT in the GTR without some refinement though. It's a rough and noisy transmission for an Infiniti.
        normc32
        • 9 Months Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        Yes, that clunky and clattering drivetrain that is much complained about on Autoblog Podcasts.
        Bernard
        • 9 Months Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        They didn't say DCT, they said "It's even taking things a step further and granting it a new, seven-speed transmission to replace the Nissan's six-speed."
          mitytitywhitey
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Bernard
          True, there could be more to the upgrade/switch than adding another gear.
        MechE
        • 9 Months Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        I'm not sure they have anything else, unless they developed a regular torque converter auto that can handle the abuse.
      Chris
      • 9 Months Ago
      Time to start an Eau Rouge fund.
      Bernard
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm really surprised. I thought they'd never do this. I'm kinda of scared to ask what it will cost, but I'm certain it will lay down some awesome numbers. Hopefully this brings up Infiniti's brand image. I'm tired of people asking if my car's a Lexus... :-\
      Lab Rat
      • 9 Months Ago
      A proper M5 competition. Finally.
        NightFlight
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Lab Rat
        This wouldn't compete with the M5, this is a M3/4 competitor.
      muspod
      • 9 Months Ago
      A new sheriff is in town. Kick ass and take names..
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      Well I'll be damned. Guess I'll be eating that crow now. *grabs utensils and barbecue sauce* Still, if/when this is built, I highly doubt the VR38 will be in it. My money is still on the twin turbo VQ being the production engine.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 9 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Just curious why the 'Q' is so important?
          carguy1701
          • 9 Months Ago
          @mitytitywhitey
          The VR38 is a semi-bespoke engine (it's based on the VQ, but the code is different to justify the use of the R35 chassis code), assembled in a clean room and only 4 people are trained to build it. I have a hunch that this would be slightly higher volume than the GT-R, meaning that using the VR38 would not be feasible for the reason mentioned above, and if they do choose to use it, they'll pass the costs on to the customer. That said, it's entirely possible that Nissan will start phasing the VQ family out in favor of the VR, and considering that that is what happened with the VG series (which was the direct predecessor to the VQ), then that becomes a distinct possibility. There is also the fact that this engine (and car) was rumored a couple years ago. http://www.autoblog.com/2012/04/17/infiniti-working-on-530-hp-twin-turbo-ipl-model-for-g/ Either way, it'll be interesting.
      flammablewater
      • 9 Months Ago
      This is very nearly perfect - just make it a wagon. I'll trade in both of my kidneys and maybe a lung.
      Dmack
      • 9 Months Ago
      So you have a compact lux car with the Hp of the midsize cars like The BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V’S and E63’S. The price will be 80-85k easy. Rumor of an ATS-V with an option of a V8 is in the works but not sure it will be forced feed induction.
        Bandit5317
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Dmack
        The ATS-V could end up with either the LT-1 V8 or the twin turbo V6 from the CTS V-Sport. It will probably end up being the twin-turbo V6 just because of the flatter torque curve and to look more like an M3 competitor (since that's also a twin-turbo 6 cylinder), but I really hope they go with the V8. The LT-1 has very good torque delivery itself, more power, great fuel economy, and it must be less expensive to manufacture than the boosted V6.
          carguy1701
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Bandit5317
          Everything I've heard says it will be the TT V6, though it will likely be tweaked for more power. That doesn't stop them from possibly doing a V+ with the LT1, though...
      rubley00
      • 9 Months Ago
      They might as well claim it makes 800 HP, who cares, they're not going to build it
        normc32
        • 9 Months Ago
        @rubley00
        The GT-R prices have sky rocketed since it's US introduction. I don't think Infinity can command 6-digits.
      IBx27
      • 9 Months Ago
      Another automatic car...
      normc32
      • 9 Months Ago
      Nissans got turbos for everybody! Honda and Toyota...not!
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