Infiniti's high-performance Q50 Eau Rouge concept might be one of the biggest teases in the current automotive world. It was first shown at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show as a body without an engine. Then, the sports sedan arrived at the Geneva Motor Show with a modified version of the turbocharged V6 from the GT-R under the hood, tuned to 560 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, and with all-wheel drive. However, it was still just a concept. Finally, the Japanese luxury automaker is showing us what the Eau Rouge can do on the road – briefly.

The company brought reigning Formula One champ Sebastian Vettel along to get behind the wheel, for this all-too-short video from the Millbrook Proving Ground in the UK. There's more good news too. While Infiniti isn't saying that it's definitely going to build the Eau Rouge, it is "pressing ahead with the evaluation." More info about these tests will be released at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show at the end of April. Scroll down to watch Vettel drive the Q50 Eau Rouge and read a little more about it.
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INFINITI BRINGS 560HP Q50 EAU ROUGE PROTOTYPE TO LIFE

Sebastian Vettel tests running prototype in his role as Infiniti's Director of Performance

Full schedule of prototype testing and evaluation continues


Hong Kong – Infiniti is pressing ahead with the evaluation of the Q50 Eau Rouge high-performance vehicle and will show footage of the testing of a prototype version, at the hands of Infiniti's Director of Performance Sebastian Vettel, at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.

The four time Formula One world champion tested the 560hp high performance sports sedan at the Millbrook Proving Ground automotive testing facility, UK, putting the prototype through a challenging series of performance, handling and precision driving evaluations. Vettel's invaluable feedback will be engineered into the next stages of the prototype's extensive development program – testing components, packaging and viability.

Further information regarding the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge running prototype will be released on press day at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show on April 20.

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 in Formula One, visit www.infiniti-gp.com, www.youtube.com/InfinitiGP or follow on Twitter @InfinitiGP.

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      ken
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's hope infiniti can make the steering feel right. The last test drive of Q50 is a disappointment. I like the look and the build quality of the car but, after a test drive later, the steering is simply too inconsistent to be comfortable. The computer simply can't decide when to or not to jump in.
        r_th2
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ken
        If you decide to test drive again...simply turn off the Land Departure System (and any other nanny function) and this will eliminate the car attempting to drive for you.
        msspamrefuge
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ken
        Was your demo DAS or non-DAS?
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ken
        They need to ditch DAS for the enthusiast oriented models. Let the brainless ignorant masses have that ****.
      ffelix422
      • 1 Year Ago
      If their serious about a production version- change the name a sap. Eau Rouge sounds like it was tuned by Revlon Cosmetics.
        msspamrefuge
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ffelix422
        Or the ignorantly assumptive consumer can educate themselves for a change. I'm tired of seeing things dumbed down for the lower common denominator, the likes of which are probably not going to take interest in a car of this caliber anyway. No offense to those who are current pushing performance models or divisions with initials, acronyms, and other alphanumeric indicators, but it's nice to see an actual, potentially relevant name, even if only succeeds the model alphabet soup.
          ffelix422
          • 1 Year Ago
          @msspamrefuge
          You should let some of the air out of yourself. You might enjoy those cars with initials a little better.
          msspamrefuge
          • 1 Year Ago
          @msspamrefuge
          I'd like the car irrespective of if it's called Eau Rouge, IPL, or the "God of the Compact Executive Segment" edition in either long or acronym form. As I recall, the only outstanding objection arose from your outsized sense of masculinity.
      JD444
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even though this car is bad ass, I kinda lost interest ever since Infinti switched to their dumb naming scheme.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      infiniti is for real!
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the paint job here!
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      A production Eau Rouge won't have the VR38 or the large amounts of carbon fiber.
      Trent
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the look.
      mhw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love the Ser Jorah Mormont voiceover!
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