Details on 560bhp Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept

4 Mar, 2014 4:00pm

Hot Infiniti Eau Rouge saloon gets a 3.8-litre V6 and is quicker than a BMW M5

Infiniti has revealed the first tech details on the 560bhp Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge performance saloon at the Geneva Motor Show.

The flagship has the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 as the Nissan GT-R, which powers all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch auto box.

Although it’s only a concept, the hot Q50 promises 0-60mph in under four seconds and a 180mph top speed – faster than the BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG.

"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 saloon fans by engineering this powerful heart into our blood-red beast,” said Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company Limited

For now, buyers wanting a petrol turbo Q50 will have to settle for the 2.0-litre, which debuted next to the Eau Rouge at the Geneva show.

This produces 211bhp and 320Nm of torque, and should be a lot more efficient and affordable than the 3.5-litre V6 hybrid when it hits dealers in the autumn. Expect performance to be competitive with that of its premium German rivals.