This is the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept, a car that gives us a glimpse into Infiniti’s future high-performance models. A full set of images were released online earlier this morning and now the newcomer has made its public debut at the Detroit Motor Show.
A full 3D model of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept has also been revealed on the brand's official website.
As its name would indicate, the Q50 Eau Rouge features various F1-style goodies – inspired by Infiniti’s partnership with Red Bull. Features include an aerodynamic bodykit and carbon fibre trim, plus a bespoke front splitter and rear diffuser to help generate extra downforce.
The Eau Rouge has the same wheelbase and length as the standard Q50 but has a 20mm wider front and rear track for improved road holding. The roof is carbon fibre, helping lower the centre of gravity and in turn improving stability. Infiniti claims almost every panel on the Eau Rouge concept is bespoke, with only the front doors and the arch of the roof pillars standard components.
Other upgrades include huge 21-inch forged alloy wheels, a bespoke dual-exhaust system, carbon fibre wing mirrors and an F1 rear brake light taken directly from the RB9 Formula One car.
Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler at the Detroit Motor Show:
Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge - could this be Infiniti's answer to the BMW M3? https://t.co/oiFTqVEjkR
— Steve Fowler (@SteveFowler) January 13, 2014
Inside, a high-grip sports steering wheel and Formula One-style paddle-shifters have been fitted. There’s also red-infused carbon fibre detailing on the doors and centre console, plus dark-chrome accents.
There is still no official word on what will be fitted under the bonnet, but the manufacturer has stated ‘the engine we are evaluating for the Q50 Eau Rouge is a V-cylinder engine with forced induction’.
This points to a heavily revised version of the 3.7-litre twin-turbocharged V6 from the standard Q50, with power said to be around 500bhp – giving it the grunt to rival other high-performance saloons such as the BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG.
Infiniti has also announced it plans to expand its current product portfolio by 60 per cent within the next five years, as well as doubling the number of engines currently available.