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2014 Detroit Auto Show: Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept (FAQ)

2014 Detroit Auto Show

What Is It?
Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge

What's New About This Model?
The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is a design study based on the production Q50 luxury sedan.

What Unique Features Does It Offer?
Visually the concept adds wider fenders, more aggressive fascias, a domed and vented hood, blacked-out trim and wheels that measure 21 inches in diameter. The width and track widths increase by nearly an inch as a result. Carbon fiber features heavily on the car: The front splitter, rear diffuser, roof, mirrors, side skirts and interior trim are all made of the lightweight and super-strong material.

When Does It Go on Sale?
So far, the Eau Rouge is a concept intended to acquaint the world with the idea of a fire-breathing, max-performance Infiniti. There's no hard availability date defined yet, but President Johan de Nysschen made no bones about whether the concept will be placed into production: "I absolutely insist."

If It Did Exist, How Much Power Would It Have?
Company officials are ambiguous about the type of powertrain the production Eau Rouge will carry. De Nysschen framed some of the requirements of the powertrain, citing that the engine being evaluated is a "big personality, V-cylinder engine with forced induction" that generates "over 500 hp and 600lb/ft of torque."

What Models Would It Compete Against?
Clearly, the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is intended to go for the throat of the luxury sedan arms race that includes the BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. A six-cylinder engine will not suffice in this segment. Given Nissan's powertrain partnership with Mercedes-Benz, it's likely that a variant of the AMG-fettled twin-turbocharged V8 will find its way under the Eau Rouge's hood.

Should You Wait for It?
At this point the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge does not exist in any production form, and there is no word regarding when such a beast will be made. In the meantime, its competition is ready and waiting for your order for a road-destroying, tire-frying performance sedan.

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