Geneva: Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge gets GT-R power
The Q50 Eau Rouge packs a 560hp version of the GT-R\'s twin-turbo 3.8L V6.
First unveiled with a mystery powertrain at the Detroit show, Infiniti's Q50 Eau Rouge concept - essentially a vision of a future M3 rival - has arrived in Geneva with a full set of engine details.
Named for the famous uphill portion of the Spa-Francorchamps Formula One circuit, the Eau Rouge has a motor that's worthy of a racetrack - the Nissan GT-R's twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6. In this application, the mill makes 560 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, or 15 ponies more but 20 lb-ft less than the standard form of Godzilla.
The big six is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. The setup is claimed to dispatch the zero-to-60 mph sprint in under four seconds and top out in the neighborhood of 180 mph.
Although the Eau Rouge looks like a regular Q50 when viewed from the outside, it is lower and wider than its regular-production counterpart and the two cars only share their front doors and roof pillars. The show car boasts bespoke body panels crafted out of carbon fiber that help reduce weight and give the Q50 a more menacing stance.
Dark chrome trim all around, a F1-inspired rear fog light integrated into the bumper and 21-inch forged alloy wheels finish off the race-bred look.
Inside, the Eau Rouge stands out thanks to sport seats for the front passengers, red carbon fiber trim on the center console, the dashboard and the door panels as well as paddle shifters mounted behind a high-grip, three-spoke sports steering wheel.
Infiniti has not clarified whether or not the Q50 Eau Rouge will reach production.