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  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
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Think back to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and you'll remember the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept – a sedan that showed the potential design direction for a seriously high-performance take on the Japanese automaker's new entry-level luxury sedan. And while the show car we saw in Detroit was all well and good, it lacked something. Specifically, an engine. Kind of an important thing for a performance concept, right?

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge engineHere in Geneva, Infiniti rolled out that same Q50 Eau Rouge, but with one major modification: the sedan now boasts a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 under its hood – the same engine that's found in the Nissan GT-R supercar. In the Eau Rouge, this V6 is tuned to produce 560 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, sent to the ground via the GT-R's all-wheel-drive system. Of course, this super-hot Q50 is still purely a concept, but Infiniti says that the potent engine underhood will allow the sedan to sprint to 60 miles per hour in less than four seconds, on its way to a top speed of over 180 mph.

The oft-fabled "four-door GT-R" still isn't confirmed for production, so for now, all we can do is cross our fingers (and toes). Check out the Q50 and its new beating heart in the gallery, above, and scroll below to hear what that potent Eau Rouge sounds like.


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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.

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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      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least it's not as ugly as the GTR. Not to mention, at 3,574 pounds for the regular Q50, this would be almost 300lbs lighter than the pig-of-a-GTR. And if they produced this, all the cry-babies at Infiniti dealerships that complained after it was announced that the initial car would be launched under the Nissan nameplate will finally get their pacifiers.
      Tom Miller
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've been on the fence about this car since I first saw and heard of it. As soon as I read they were basically GTR-fying this car, I immediately got weak in the knees. I guess it will be a crazy-fast beast now.
        Rochester
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tom Miller
        Ditto. I really didn't expect them to do anything except an IPL-tuned VQ37HR. This surprised me.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      inifiniti did not disappoint!
        Jun Jiusi Zheng
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bK
        The Q50 is already a failure with fake steering & prototype dual screens
          Chris O.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jun Jiusi Zheng
          Do you mean the steer-by-wire system? It's an optional feature, so I'm not sure how it's a "failure". There was that recall that affected a handful of cars, but I'm not sure that rises to the level of "disaster".
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jun Jiusi Zheng
          >Do you mean the steer-by-wire system? It's an optional feature, so I'm not sure how it's a "failure". I think he does. It has been savaged in the reviews, and in order to get things like the seat memory, you HAVE to get it (its included in the same package), plus according to Jalopnik, they're going to be putting it on everything. Personally, I do not think such a system has any place on a 'drivers car'. Put it on the Q30 and whatever other cars are intended for the ignorant masses, not stuff like this.
      Chris O.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car pushes some of the right buttons for me. I'm not really sold on Infiniti's styling, but the VR38 is a great engine. Deciding not to pair it with the GR6 (from the R35) is smart, since it's not a great transmission. The AT7 should be less expensive, and more in keeping with a quasi-luxo rocket. Considering the engine is handbuilt, I'm not sure how likely this thing is to get to market with this powertrain, but I would think that selling this car would have to be a value proposition. A VR38 is great for the concept, but I'm wondering if something like a VQ35DETT or VQ37DETT could make it into a car like this (not great NVH, but TT would muffle that, anyway). This would be really interesting at the price level of the LSA CTS-V.
      Jimmy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Doesn't the engine sound like an RB26 instead of the VR38DETT from 0:19 to 0:26?
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man...that sound is awesome
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally! Not only is it awesome that they took this segment seriously but I wasn't interested in the Eau Rouge unless it had an actual engine under it.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just like that hot sauce commercial: I put that s*it on everything.Stuff this eengine in the lifeless M sedan. The Q is official.
      asdfasdf
      • 1 Year Ago
      It'll probably sound like a vacuum cleaner just like the GTR.
      Eggmania
      • 1 Year Ago
      ill bet anyone here Acura has a 500+hp production car before Infiniti
        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eggmania
        Acura's track record would beg to differ. They've spent 10+ years R&Ding the 2nd gen NSX, which is at this point 4 years past its initial claimed production debut. Also, the current most powerful engine still only produces 310 hp, a mere 10 hp gain since the RL first got 300 hp 9 years ago. True the RL gets an additional 60ish hp with electric assistance, but there is zero evidence that they could bring out something that'll go head to head with Infiniti (with Nissan's performance engineering) and Lexus (which has clearly shown the past few years it's not afraid to start competing against M & AMG) in a horsepower war, least wise anytime within the next couple years.
        normc32
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eggmania
        Q50 AWD is 3700-3800 /bs. Add 150 lbs oof twin turbos and beef up the trans and it'll be a 4,200 lbs oinker!
          wes beach
          • 1 Year Ago
          @normc32
          you must have missed the part where they mentioned the carbon fibre bits this car will have. The Q50 weighs just under 3600 lbs while a GTR weighs 3800. With all the carbon fibre this should come in lighter than the GTR. I think it will be spectacular.
      Neil
      • 1 Year Ago
      i would rather see the q60 convertible with that engine!
      zizixx89
      • 11 Months Ago
      Once again I knew I was right I knew a V6 could not have 600tq without the horsepower going (OVER) 600+ hp
        Dump
        • 11 Months Ago
        @zizixx89
        it may depend on the engine for that to be totally true. The GT-R V6 engine is turbocharged where it generates higher figures for hp than torque. This current engine would probably need to be massaged to nearly 750hp for torque to reach 600lb-ft or above. At that point, it would maybe be better to use a low-displacement twin/quad-turbo V8 - possibly something similar to an Indy car engine.
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