The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Prototype will make its first ever dynamic appearance at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed . The running prototype, which debuted at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year, previews a production sedan that could pack the exact same engine found in the Nissan GT-R .
Aimed at high-performance sedans like the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG , the Q50 Eau Rouge could cost as much as $100,000, Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen revealed earlier this month . With such a hefty sticker attached to its name, it’s not at all surprising that Infiniti is looking to attract as much attention as possible prior to firing up the assembly line.
And what better venue to do that than the Goodwood Festival of Speed? Sure, the Q50 might seem out of context among the classic race cars and the modern supercars attending the British event, but make no mistake, there’s a Nissan GT-R heart pumping under that four-door body.
Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge.
Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge at Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Q50 Eau Rouge will roar up the Goodwood hill with Infiniti Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner and test driver Sebastian Buemi behind the wheel. The two will take turns in hooning the sedan at full throttle around the short course. The 560 ponies developed by the twin-turbo, V-6 powerplant residing under the front hood should be enough to drive the crowd wild and draw more attention to the beastly sedan. The event is scheduled to take place between June 27th and 29th.
Why It Matters
Showing up at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is an important step in the development of the Q50 Eau Rouge. Infiniti is still gathering feedback from potential customers, and the best way to do that is to allow interested buyers to see the vehicle do what it knows best on a proper race track.
Named after the infamous corner of the Spa Francorchamps track in Belgium, the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge was envisioned as a high-performance sedan that blends Nissan GT-R power with, Formula One, luxury, and a comfortable ride.
At first glance, the Eau Rouge sets itself apart from the regular Q50 via its aerodynamic body kit and numerous carbon-fiber components. The concept revealed a unique interior in a body-matching red and black color scheme, aluminum inserts and magnesium alloy shift paddles.
The Eau Rouge’s engine bay will be fitted with the exact same engine found in the Nissan GT-R. Infiniti promises that the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 unit will deliver 560 horsepower and a 0-to-60 sprint of less than four seconds. Although it will get a seven-speed automatic instead of the GT-R’s dual-clutch transmission, the ultra-fast Q50 will retain the supercar’s AWD system.
Gallery Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge
The powerful Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Prototype will enjoy its first ever dynamic public appearance this year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, taking place from 27–29 June.
The Q50 Eau Rouge Prototype, is set to entertain the crowds attending this year’s festival as it roars past with its powerful 568PS V6 twin-turbo engine running at full throttle in the hands of Christian Horner, Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team Principal and Sebastian Buemi, Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Test & Reserve Driver.
Sebastian Buemi will also be available on the Infiniti hospitality stand for a question and answer session regarding the Formula One season so far and what we can expect going forward.
The Q50 Eau Rouge started life as a static design concept revealed at the Detroit motor show earlier in the year but has since been shown at the Geneva motor show with its thoroughbred V6 engine installed. In April, during the Beijing motor show, Infiniti announced it has reached a further step forward towards a production version with a full working prototype now undergoing tests and evaluation. It is this full working prototype that will power up the hill at Goodwood. Should you miss it then proceed to the ‘First Glance’ area positioned close to the start line where it will be displayed in-between its performance runs, and available for everyone to get up close and personal with the fastest Infiniti concept for many years.
The most powerful Infiniti ever has not been confirmed for production, but Infiniti will continue to listen to feedback from potential customers.