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2014 Geneva: Infiniti debuts powerplant for the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept, new four-pot

Earlier this year at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Infiniti revealed a new version of the Q50 in concept form, also known as the Q50 Eau Rouge, which hints at an all-new high-performance variant to the G35/G37 successor. Such a car could be aimed directly at the BMW M3, a sensible prediction considering Infiniti’s long tradition of trying to be an alternative to the Germans.

According to Infiniti’s new information, the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept gets a twin-turbocharged 3.8L V6 lifted straight from a GT-R, except retuned to serve up 568hp and 453 lb-ft of torque. Power is channeled to all four wheels via a full-time all-wheel system with a 50/50 front/rear torque split and seven forward gears. Acceleration is guesstimated to be less than four seconds for 62 mph to zoom by, with a 180 mph top speed.

Though the big question of whether or not the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept will hit production still goes unanswered. We say, yes please.

But on the production front, Infiniti will be introducing a new turbocharged four-banger good for 214hp and 236 lb-ft of twist, mated also to a seven-speed automatic. No word on a US version, though it is likely to be seen stateside in the future.

For full details, check out the release below.

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Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge roars into life – 560hp engine revealed

  • Twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine, 7-speed gearbox, all-wheel drive
  • Power output of 568hp and 600Nm of torque
  • Q50 to receive 2.0-litre turbo charged petrol engine in Europe

Geneva / Hong Kong – Infiniti has boosted excitement in the high-performance premium sports saloon segment at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show by revealing a powerful engine for the Q50 Eau Rouge concept.  The beating heart of the Eau Rouge, a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine, was revealed on the Infiniti show stand today.

The Q50 Eau Rouge – a high-performance concept car based on the premium manufacturer’s award-winning Q50 sports saloon – was first revealed at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January as a Formula One inspired, carbon fibre aero-enhanced concept. Q50 Eau Rouge now tells a compelling power story with a full 568hp and 600Nm of torque on demand.

“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.

“A car with such pronounced styling treatments demands the very best in terms of high-performance powertrains, which is why we installed this V6 twin-turbocharged, 7-speed combination as an example of what a potential powertrain for the Q50 Eau Rouge may look and sound like.”

The 3799cc, V6, 24-valve, twin-turbocharged petrol engine partners a full-time, all-wheel drive system with 50/50 front-to-rear torque split. Predicted acceleration of 0-60mph in less than four seconds and a top speed close to 180mph would put the Q50 Eau Rouge firmly into the premier league of super-sports saloons.

The most powerful and exhilarating petrol-powered Infiniti model has not been confirmed for production, but the unveiling of the latest iteration of the Q50 Eau Rouge in Geneva underlines the company’s determination to create engaging performance cars for a premium segment.

The Q50 Eau Rouge engine soundtrack can be heard here.

Q50 sports saloon to receive 2.0-litre petrol turbo engine

Expanding the Q50 powertrain range, and also on display in Geneva, was a new turbocharged 4-cylinder, powerful yet highly efficient, petrol engine that displaces 1991cc, and develops 214hp and 320Nm of torque. Driving the rear wheels through a 7-speed automatic transmission, the engine comes to China in the spring and Europe in autumn before rolling out to other of Infiniti’s global markets before year end.

2014 Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept

 

2014 Infiniti Q50

 

– By: Chris Chin

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