This Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept will be revealed at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show and is set to preview a BMW M3 rival developed using lessons learned from Infiniti’s partnership with Red Bull Racing.
At the moment all we have is this head-on teaser shot and a few vague details about what we can expect. The image reveals a few carbon fibre additions, like the wing mirrors and new front splitter. There are also two new vents in the bonnet, though no clues to what actually lies underneath.
We’re expecting a twin-turbocharged 3.7-litre V6, capable of producing around 500bhp because it’ll offer the kind of performance and fuel economy to rival models like the Mercedes C63 AMG and BMW M3. Infiniti does also have a 5.0-litre V8 in its range, and is an advocate of hybrid technology so those two options are also possible.
With or without four-wheel-drive – both are possible in the Q50 – you should expect to see a 0-62mph time of just over four seconds, with top speed limited to 155mph.
The Eau Rouge concept is named after one of the most famous corners in Formula One – a sweeping uphill bend at Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps circuit, which can be taken flat out at nearly 200mph in an F1 car. Infiniti is promising some F1-inspired tech will filter through to the Q50 Eau Rouge, but hasn’t given any further details.
“Performance is a key pillar of Infiniti’s DNA and this car expresses a deepened design interpretation of that. The Q50, with an abundance of technologies, provides a great basis for an extreme performance version, embodied in the design of Q50 Eau Rouge,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti’s Executive Design Director.
An Infiniti performance brand does already exist, in the Infiniti Performance Line of cars on sale in the US but none have yet been sold in the UK. We did, however, see the FX Vettel Edition, designed and engineered with input from Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel. It featured F1-grade carbon fibre, a 414bhp V8 engine and firmer suspension settings.