Infiniti Q50

Infiniti Q50

  The Q50 is the replacement to the G37 sedan, and it carries in a huge design upgrade that takes some cues from the Essence concept. This was also the first of the newly named models to hit the market in 2014.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed isn’t lacking with things to do or see. Turn your attention from one thing and you may miss something extremely important. For some people, that’s exactly what happened when they missed the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype taking a run up the Goodwood track. Fortunately, there’s a video of the high-performance sedan taking on the Goodwood hill.

Red Bull F1 driver Sébastien Buemi even made an appearance to test out the Q50 Eau Rouge prototype. Sure, it’s not exactly reigning world champ Sebastian Vettel or even teammate Daniel Ricciardo, but it’s still an F1 driver, even if it comes with a "test driver" label.

In the end, it sure looked like a fast and powerful sedan befitting the name Infiniti gave it. You can’t do any better after all, especially when you consider that the Q50 Eau Rouge packs the Nissan GT-R ’s 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-6 engine that injects 568 horsepower into the luxury rig.

Hopefully, we see more of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge in the future, and we mean a production model in Infiniti dealerships. The time has come, Infiniti .

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is only 21 years old. That’s very young when compared to other automotive events; but make no mistake, this annual gathering has grown to become one of the most important racing happenings in the world. The festival attracts not only historic and modern race cars alike, but also a host of past and present drivers to hoon some of the coolest vehicles up the Goodwood hill.

The event is getting better and better with each edition, and 2014 is no exception. With nearly 10 debuts set to take place in West Sussex, England, and with iconic drivers such as Richard Petty, Al Unser, John Surtees and Emerson Fittipaldi having already confirmed their presence, this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed is shaping up to be one hell of a spectacle.

NASCAR’s "King" Petty will arrive to drive his legendary No. 43 Plymouth Belvedere through the course, while Unser will hoon the 1978 Penske Lola-Cosworth racer in which he won his third Indy 500. And that’s only a mere fraction of the action scheduled between June 26th and 29th.

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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.

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As the development of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is inching closer to production , the company is finally revealing more details about its upcoming super sedan . And there’s plenty of information for us to chew on coming straight from Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen.

Speaking to Motor Trend, de Nysschen confirmed the Q50 Eau Rouge will be aimed at high-performance sedans such as the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG , but stressed that the special-edition Q50 will be more exclusive than its German counterparts. Specifically, Infiniti plans to build between 250 and 500 units a year, making it one of the rarest high-performance cars in the segment.

But like in most cases, exclusivity comes with a hefty price tag, and the Eau Rouge, according to de Nysschen, could cost as much as $100,000. That’s nearly $40,000 more than the base BMW M3 and definitely more than what most people are willing to spend on an Infiniti, even if it’s a performance vehicle carrying a Nissan GT-R engine under the hood.

While paying in excess of $100,000 for an Infiniti doesn’t make much sense, it appears that the expensive sticker is also related to a short, two-year life cycle and a complicated assembly process that involves plenty of meticulous handwork.

"We are probably also looking at 250-500 units a year. So that’s low volume. And we probably have, in terms of my current expectation, only a two-year life cycle. So you have to amortize the development across that volume, and with a hand-built car, you have very high unit costs. Candidly, I assume, the current state of the business plan indicates that we will probably subsidize each car in order to keep it within reach," de Nyssche told Motor Trend.

When asked if the 560-horsepower engine borrowed from the Nissan GT-R will find its way into future Infiniti products, the representative said the VR38DETT mill could motivate "a high-end coupe , a real high-performance luxury 4-seater," and the upcoming Q60 . Needless to say, it all depends on the technical feasibility and the success of the Q50 Eau Rouge.

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Source: MotorTrend

The development of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is inching closer and closer to production. At the Beijing Auto Show , we got a clearer picture of where Infiniti stood with the development of the car when it announced that it had already built and track tested a prototype version of the concept and that it had officially become an engineering feasibility study.

We’re trying not to be too excited, but really, how can you not be, right?

According to Infiniti, the Q50 Eau Rouge prototype is moving further along in its testing, having already done on-track dynamics testing at the Millbrook Proving Ground with four-time Formula One champion and Infiniti’s Director of Performance Sebastian Vettel at the center of all the testing.

It doesn’t get any better than that for Infiniti having Vettel part of the development of the Q50 Eau Rouge. But Vettel’s involvement is just one aspect of the overall scope of the process that leads to the production model of the vehicle. Apparently, Infiniti is also planning to refine and test out the car’s aerodynamic performance, as it announced that the prototype has been dropped by 15 to 20 mm (0.59 to 0.78 inches) and this has shown better under-car airflow, but they think they can do even better with flat, under-car panels.

Some people might scoff at the time and money Infiniti is spending on the developing the Q50 Eau Rouge. But people have to understand what the car means to the company. After all, you only need to look at Infiniti’s parent company, Nissan, and its GT-R to understand what it would do for Infiniti if the Q50 Eau Rouge lives up to all the hype.

This model could very well end up being Godzilla’s carbon-fiber-clad and better-dressed cousin. So, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal that Infiniti is doing all it can to ensure that every development phase of the Q50 Eau Rouge is given full and undivided attention.

"Taking the decision to build and develop a prototype of the Q50 Eau Rouge concept following the positive response we received in Detroit and Geneva, was a logical next step for us in our evaluation process," said Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company Limited.

Once its completed, the high-performance sedan is being tipped as the crown jewel of Infiniti’s lineup, one that features the very best of the GT-R’s monstrous power and the technology of Formula One combined into one.

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The breathtaking Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is inching closer to production. That’s a fact! There’s no word when the company will start accepting checks for lightning-fast sedan, but the Japanese automaker have just announced they will be showcasing new footage with the Eau Rouge at the Beijing Auto Show later this month.

Unfortunately, the prototype Infiniti’s performance division has been working on the past months won’t be displayed during the event, but new details, as well as part of the development process, will be revealed in China. Considering what this vehicle has to offer, we can keep our shirts on for a while longer.

While the manufacturer declined to go into specifics in its latest press blast, it did mention that the sports sedan was put through a series of grueling tests at UK’s Millbrook Proving Ground facility.

Trials were carried out by four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel , Infiniti’s Director of Performance and the man behind the beefed up version of the FX that was launched a few years back. You can see the video of these tests above.

Further info will become available on April 20, so make sure you tune in for the full details.

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Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge

The Eau Rouge knocked our socks off at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show . I mean, with Godzilla guts in a four-door luxury sedan , how can you go wrong? With rumblings about the GT-R-powered luxo-rig heading into the "project" phase, according to Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen, we need to talk about why production must happen and must happen soon.

First of all, Infiniti is finally gaining momentum in the luxury realm that it has never had before. For many years, many luxury buyers turned their noses up at the Infiniti brand as re-badged Nissans , and not on par with BMW , Mercedes and Audi. Now with all of the new goodies rolling out, like the RC F — the entire RC lineup for that matter — the more streamlined naming system, and a distinct line of separation drawn between loaded-out Nissan Nissan s and base-level Infinitis, the brand is primed to make a move against upper-level Bimmers and Mercedes. And the Q50 Eau Rouge is the perfect model to take on the M5 and E63 AMG .

Secondly, you finally have a man in charge in Johan de Nysschen who know what the hell he’s doing with a luxury brand. He’s spoken before about de-Americanizing the Infiniti Infiniti brand, which is precisely what most top-level luxury car buyers want. That’s not a knock on American cars, it’s just that top-level luxury car buyers aren’t shopping at Cadillac Cadillac ... It was this type of out-of-the-box thinking that allowed de Nysschen to turn the Audi brand into a winner, and the Eau Rouge is a model that vastly de-Americanizes the brand and gives Infiniti the halo car it needs to draw fence-riding buyers into dealers.

Third, it also helps the GT-R. Sure, halo cars are often loss-leaders that are only there to generate interest in the brand. But the development of a production-version Q50 Eau Rouge will spread the cost of building the GT-R’s drivetrain over two models, which will lower overall production cost per car. That will drive up profits — or lower loss — for both the Eau Rouge and the GT-R .

Finally, it opens up GT-R performance those of us who have families or don’t want our guts rattled loose by the GT-R’s harsh suspension. Plus, the added luxury will satisfy buyers that need a better-equipped cabin than the GT-R can offer, but still want incredible performance.

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Source: AutoCar

Named after one of the greatest corners in modern racing, the Q50 Eau Rouge concept is a combination of Infiniti luxury and Red Bull F1 aggression. It previews what Infiniti thinks would be possible if they were given a blank check to create an outrageous sports sedan.

Based on the Q50 sports sedan , the Eau Rouge is a visual overhaul that features materials and design insight from the current F1 World Championship team of Infiniti Red Bull Racing. Much of the exterior design of the Eau Rouge features bespoke components with very few of the body panels shared with its tamer sibling.

Infiniti has stated that they would consider putting an engine with a power output of more than 500 ponies if a car like the Eau Rouge would be put in production. Ladies and Gentleman what you see here is a preview to a GT-R powered Infiniti.

Updated 03/04/2014: Geneva is here and Infiniti has finally lifted the veil from the beast beneath the hood of the Q50 Eau Rouge. Unsurprisingly, it is the same 3.8-liter V-6 found in the GT-R. See more after the jump.

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Time has grown short in our wait for the 2014 Geneva Auto Show to begin in the little Swiss city of Geneva. The main media festivities are set to take place March 4th and 5th with the show remaining in full swing throughout the week for the general public. There will be plenty of new cars debuting for the first time along with numerous cars with minor updates.

While the actual list is incredibly long, we’ve compiled a condensed version of the main vehicles on display that are either new or show a significant update over their outgoing counterpart. As the event rolls on, we’ll be bringing you the brand new information straight from the automakers regarding their latest models. Be sure to watch out for news on the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge ’s powertrain, Subaru’s plans with the Viziv 2 Concept , and if Volkswagen will bring their Golf GTE to the United States.

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BMW 4 Series Coupe

Every year, hundreds of motoring journalists from all over the world descend upon New York City for the New York International Auto Show . Among the new car reveals, fancy parties and exciting concepts, the New York Auto Show also plays host to the World Car of the Year Awards.

This prestigious award is handed out by a collection of experienced automotive journalists from around the world. Some of this year’s jurors include writers from countries like Japan, Russia, South Africa, China, Australia and more. Overall there are nearly 70 jurors in total.

Some of the previous year’s winners include the Mk VII Volkswagen Golf and the Nissan Leaf .

Of all the cars that were eligible for this year’s award, twelve have been selected as finalists. We have brought together all twelve of the final candidates for you here, and we also included a little bit information about each one.
Which one do you think deserves to win and why? Sound off in the comments below.

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