Infiniti's Q50 Eau Rouge concept looks likely to get the go-ahead for production.
A company insider told Auto Express at the Beijing Motor Show that momentum is gathering for the 552bhp performance saloon.
“At this stage it would take more to stop the car getting made than to start things,” we were told. “There is a real buzz about it.”
The company recently released a video of the Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel testing the car at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire. Vettel is playing a key role in developing the Eau Rouge.
Meanwhile, design director Alfonso Albaisa says if it does get the go-ahead, it would do so virtually unchanged in terms of styling. “Why would we change anything? This is not a show car,” he said.
Despite the Eau Rouge name, Albaisa says the car would be available in other colours.
But Albaisa says that the blood red of the concept could become a signature colour for Infiniti performance models. “It has a mystery, a sinisterness to it that I like,” he said.
Infiniti has also released the full length version of a video showing its Director of Performance, Sebastian Vettel, testing a Q50 Eau Rouge prototype.