These pages are full of projects that automakers have tried to get moving but never quite managed to. And Infiniti has had its fair share, particularly when it comes to high-performance models. It's tried to drum up excitement with the Infiniti Performance Line and with its partnerships with Red Bull Racing and its star driver, but models like the G37 IPL and FX Sebastian Vettel edition never amounted to a real challenge to the likes of Mercedes-AMG and BMW's M division. There was talk of a sedan version of the Nissan GT-R to wear an Infiniti badge, but those rumors amounted to even less. The Q50 Eau Rouge, however, could finally be the ticket.

The concept debuted at the Detroit Auto Show a few months ago without an engine (or at least not one we were made aware of) but with all manner of carbon-fiber aerodynamic components. It then rolled in to Geneva with the beating heart of the GT-R – a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 tuned to 560 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque – and arrived in Beijing earlier this week in an even more evolved form. And according to the chatter coming out of China (whose financial hub of Hong Kong, incidentally, serves as Infiniti's home base), it's all but certain to be approved for production.

"At this stage it would take more to stop the car getting made than to start things," says Auto Express, citing an unnamed source. The finished product would look much like the versions we've seen until now, and while it would be available in an array of colors, that metallic blood red could emerge as Infinit's signature performance color.

The vehicle has been undergoing testing at the Millbrook Proving Ground in the UK where four-time world champion Vettel has been helping engineers refine the car, tweaking the suspension, aerodynamics and various components. Infiniti released a 30-second clip showing Seb behind the wheel a couple weeks ago, and has now released a slightly longer 50-second clip (included below) indicating that the Eau Rouge will be capable of reaching 62 miles per hour in under four seconds. By that metric alone, the Eau Rouge would be quick enough to trounce not only a BMW M3, but also the bigger M5.


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      Mercennarius
      • 1 Year Ago
      Infiniti needs to hurry up and release this....would be a much better performance sedan then what BMW and Mercedes offer...
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do it already, such a car will do wonders to the brand's awareness and show that Infiniti has more to offer in terms of performance than some stickers on the RedBull F1. Wouldn't hurt to get a new G35-like coupe out there too, one that could go head to head with the Lexus RC. And most importantly, don't forget to race the cars too! F1 sponsorship doesn't count, get some actual Infiniti-bodied cars out on the track. They don't have to sweep championships up, but with Nissan's engineering to back the cars up, there's no reason why they couldn't.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        They already do race, the problem is it done under the nissan name, because back home in japan infiniti is a nissan. In the GT500 race there is Lexus, Acura and Nissan, nothing bout infiniti.
          Dwight Bynum Jr.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          You DO realize they race Nissan GT-Rs in the GT500 and GT300 classes of Super GT... right? Even if Infiniti were present in Japan, they'd still be 'Nissan' GT-Rs regardless.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          you post it at the wrong place my friend.
      Ben Meng
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hope this can be $20k cheaper than GT-R.
        Eskimo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ben Meng
        the GTR drivetrain better be a stand lone $15k option on the BASE Q50 or the price will destroy it's sales...... just like the GTR. The GTR launched with a $63k dealer invoice in the USA. Paying more than that is a JOKE. Better to buy BOTH a new Corvette AND a new Q50 AWD than ONE GTR......like I actually did.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Eskimo
          Rob, just stop. Offering the GT-R drivetrain in the Q50 would cost far more than $15k, and everyone here (except you, apparently) knows it. >The GTR launched with a $63k dealer invoice in the USA. Paying more than that is a JOKE. What is inflation? What is Nissan assuming that high price=exclusivity? What is Nissan saying when the GT-R was announced for this market that steps would be taken to limit volume and ensure exclusivity?
      SethG
      • 1 Year Ago
      While Eau Rouge doesn't exactly roll off of American Tongues I give credit to Infinit for going with a name that is much more exciting than IPL and even M, S, AMG, V and F. It''s just funny that the brand that just reduced its entire lineup to an indecipherable shorthand of a couple letters and numbers is the one that's going to use a two-word french moniker for it's performance line.
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome! I can't wait to see the finished product! 0-60 in under 4 sec... WOW!
      Dwayne Hicks
      • 1 Year Ago
      Have owned my G37s Sedan 6MT for almost 3 years now. Perfect timing to trade up the lease for a new Q50 upon release but with the same warmed over 3.7 V6 with no performance increase as well as no manual option, I decided to buy out the lease till something better comes along. This Eau Rouge certainly has me interested. They will probably not have a manual option, but I would be willing to concede the manual if the Eau Rouge gets the same 6-speed sequential dual-clutch transmission as the GTR. Here's hoping. Also, here's hoping this starts in the low $60k's..
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Best looking camo car I've seen in a while. If this is what we expect from the Johan de Nysschen era Infiniti has a bright future.
      jcar302
      • 1 Year Ago
      If i'm reading this right (and i may not be), the author is suggesting this car will come with the drivetrain from the GTR and do 0-60 in under 4 seconds. Sounds great and all, and i do understand why you guys are excited, but if it takes $100,000 price tag for nissan to make any money on a GTR, how could a luxury model possibly cost any less? Some of you seem to think this car is going to fall into a price range that the average guy could stretch a budget and get into. I just doubt it. For arguments sake i built a fully loaded Q50 on infinite's site and it came out to $58,000, that's without a GTR drivetrain. So you dreamers can kiss your 60k price tag wishes goodbye.
        Mansoor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jcar302
        GTR has twin turbo. This doesn't.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mansoor
          The concept Eau Rouge has the VR38DETT from the GT-R. The production car likely won't us that engine, as it is too expensive to use.
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jcar302
        Your missing the big picture though, it's not always about acquiring the most sales. Cars like this are more about building brand awareness and getting people excited about the Infiniti brand. A GT-R powered Infiniti sedan is marketing gold. A Q50 buy itself is a nice car but throw in a GT-R motor now you have everyones attention.
      Paul Bertucci
      • 1 Year Ago
      More cars in dazzle camouflage, please!
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't see a market for this. If people aren't willing to shell out $50k for an IPL coupe, what makes Infiniti think they can sell this?
        mitytitywhitey
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
        IPL upgrades are a joke compared to this monster.
          Eskimo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mitytitywhitey
          Agreed. IPL offered ZERO performance upgrade. Only and idiot bought one.
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
        Fair points from all, but the IPL did offer a small HP bump. I'm just saying that BMW and MB have brand snobs who will pay for M and AMG body kits that add no performance. That's because they have a famous history. Infiniti is now pushing into $100k area with this 4-door GT-R thing. Given their lack of motorsports history besides Nissan Skylines and Super GT that few Americans can identify with, what makes them think that an M5 or E63 AMG shopper will consider an Eau Rouge?
        SethG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
        The market for this is clearly a small one. But the IPL is all sizzle, no steak. It's not dynamically much different from the base car. This is another story. The GT-R powertrain is something special. And it's been successfully incorporated into a Juke so why not put it in a sports sedan? The only issue is that the Q50 is by all accounts less sporty than its G35 predecessors. But no doubt they will button it down for this version.
        msspamrefuge
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
        Not a fair question since the IPL Coupe was a limp-wristed, bolt-on 'special edition' that offered little, if any tangible improvement over a loaded G37S. Concisely put, the level of engineering going into the Eau Rouge is of the more substantial sort you'd expect of a M or AMG car. I just can't believe it took Infiniti this long to put two and two together. I know they were pondering making a bigger splash with an unconventional drivetrain, but a four-door GT-R of sorts to get started seems like it should've been a no-brainer. They just might have the most potent AWD sport/luxury sedan this side of the Panamera Turbo if they can get the suspension right.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 1 Year Ago
      M3 and M5 have you beat in the most crucial aspect: they are available for sale. So build it already.
      ShutoSteve
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sorry, in the article did you guys say that "Hong Kong is the financial hub of China"? Do you guys know anything about geography? Hong Kong is a completely seperate country. It's akin to Monaco, in that it's a city country. The financial hubs of China are Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai. I'm not even Chinese and I know this. Both the Chinese people and the people from HK try to distance themselves from each other, and will be quick to point out that they're not one in the same.
        CA
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ShutoSteve
        ShutoSteve, It's Hong Kong S.A.R... "Special Administrative Region". SAR of what? China.
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