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Infiniti is pushing hard to become a major player in a performance market heavily dominated by its German rivals. Over the years, the likes of the Essence Concept and the recently revealed Q50 Eau Rouge show that the Japanese automaker is serious about its intentions of competing against the Porsches , BMWs , and Mercedes ’ of the world. Recent whispers, however, seem to indicate that the company is also looking into building a flagship model that would be based on the popular Essence concept with an eye towards beefing up the company’s dream of a performance car division.

That much was revealed by Infiniti’s global chief Johann de Nysschen, who indicated to Motoring Australia that the mid-size Q50 and the slightly larger Q70 sedans aren’t enough for the company to take full advantage of its Eau Rouge high-performance unit. So therein lies hints that Nissan’s luxury brand is planning for more models to join in on the Eau Rouge family. Whispers of Nissan trademarking the names ’Q80’ and ’Q90’ also lend to the growing belief that a flagship model is in the pipeline.

As far as details surrounding this flagship sedan is concerned, there’s general buzz that the company is going to have two different engine units available, with one being a new hybrid drivetrain with a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 that will produce close to 550 horsepower and a bigger 3.7-liter V-6 twin-turbo hybrid system that could produces as much as 700 horsepower on tap — not the 3.8-liter from the Q50 Eau Rouge.

Things are definitely heating up within Infiniti, and the company’s goal of becoming a serious threat to European brands could come to life with the arrival of this rumored flagship sedan.

No specific timetable has been set, but the timetable for the model could see it hit production sometime in 2017 or 2018 with a price of just under $200,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Essence Concept.

Source: Motoring
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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge.

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Infiniti’s new Q60 Convertible is set to receive a special one-off design that pays homage to the great Bobby Unser. That’s the news coming out of the Nissan sub-brand when it announced the arrival of the special edition Q60 Convertible at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance .

This is the fourth consecutive year that Infiniti has had a presence at the gathering and this time, the company is making its attendance a memorable one. Dressed in the same livery as the car Unser drove to win the 1968 Indy 500, the one-off Q60 Convertible looks deliriously stunning dressed in that red, yellow, black and white special wrap that honors the Rislone livery found on Unser’s Offenhauser-powered Eagle race car .

Oh, and don’t forget the huge No.3 decals on the hood and the doors of the Q60 Convertible, which serves as another hat tip to the legendary race car driver.

Not much else is known about the one-off Q60 Convertible Bobby Unser Edition other than Infiniti’s plan to showcase the model at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance this weekend at the Infiniti Pavilion Display where it will sit next to the same car where it draws inspiration from: Bobby Unser’s 1968 Indy 500-winning Eagle race car.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Infiniti Q60.

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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For the past four years, no team in Formula One has had as much success as Red Bull . With new regulations beginning in 2014 to even the playing field, we’re curious to see how dominant the reigning champs are going to be.

Fortunately, a lot of things still ring true for the team. It still has four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel on its side. It also still has engineer extraordinaire Adrian Newey. And lastly, it still has quite the car at its disposal with the all-new Red Bull RB10 race car .

Those three things have become the team’s recipe for success in the past four years and if any team has any dreams of upending the current champs from top Mt. Formula One, they’ve certainly got their work cut out for them.

To adhere to the new regulations of the sport, the RB10 was designed with a new nose design, new side pods and multi-tiered front wings. As far as performance goes, power comes in the form of a new 1.6-liter, turbocharged V-6. Also included is an Energy Recovery System that provides an electric boost to powertrain on its way to producing a peak output of 750 horsepower.

The design and overall makeup of the car is unique, as expected from somebody like Newey, and good reason suggests that the team engineers have concocted another winning formula that should equate to another title in the coming season .

At least those are the expectations for the team and knowing Vettel, Newey, and the rest of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, it’s going to take a lot to beat them.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Formula One season

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We’ve first saw Infiniti ’s IPL models back in 2011 when the company wanted to offer a more aggressive look and some extra power for its coupe and convertible models. The only problem is that the IPL line is nothing like a real high-performance sports car offered by BMW or Audi , like M or the RS line, but it can easily compete to models like BMW’s M Sport package or Audi’s S models.

Just like with the coupe version, the Q60 IPL Convertible is distinguished by redesigned front and rear fascias, black elements here and there, specially designed wheels and, of course, some "IPL" badges. Under the hood, the V-6 engine is tricked to deliver an extra 18 horsepower over the base 2014 Infiniti Q60 .

For the 2014 model year, the Q60 IPL Convertible is priced from $62,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible.

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Infiniti decided to help its business clients with a new Q50 Executive version that adds the most advanced satellite navigation systems and a highly competitive finance package. The model is offered in SE Executive and Premium Executive versions, with either a manual or automatic transmission.

The model comes exclusively with a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine that delivers a total of 168 horsepower. On top of respectable power, the 2.2-liter also delivers fuel economy of 64.2 mpg combined with a manual transmission and 58.9 mpg combined with the automatic.

Despite being developed for business people, the new Q50 Executive is also pretty fast, as it hits 60 mph in only 8.5 seconds.

The new Infiniti Q50 Executive is priced as follows: £29,870 ($48,500) for the SE Executive version with the manual gearbox and £31,420 ($51,000) for the one with the automatic gearbox, and £33,470 ($54,400) for the Premium Executive with the manual version and £35,020 ($56,800) for the version with the automatic gearbox.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q50.

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Today, Infiniti and Red Bull unveiled the fourth and final video of their web series that helps us understand how a Formula 1 car is built. After learning about the design, the composites and the manufacturing process, the fourth episode shows us how the build of the car itself takes place in the assembly bays of Milton Keynes HQ.

As usual, the video features a series of interviews from Christian Horner — team principal — about the hard work required to develop a F1 car. Him and his team help you understand the process required to get a F1 car from the drawing board to the racetrack and keep it competitive through an entire season. Of course, this process includes a few secrets, some of which, the video reveals.

If you fell behind on the series, the links to episodes 1, 2 and 3 are here:

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Infiniti added the Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) to its lineup back in 2011 when it started offering more aggressive look and with more power under the hood. However, for those of you who expect to see an ultra-high-performance version of the Q60, we have to let you know that the IPL is nothing like the BMW M4 or the Audi RS line when thinking in terms of its performance increases over the base model. The IPL is more like the 4 Series with the M-Sport package or the Audi S5.

The IPL version adds redesigned front and rear fascias, black elements here and there, specially designed wheels and, of course, some "IPL" badges. Infiniti also designed the interior to deliver more luxury and a sportier feel. Under the hood, the Q60 IPL gains a few ponies over the base model.

For 2014, the Q60 IPL is offered with two transmission options — a six-speed manual and a seven-speed automatic — with prices starting from $51,200.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Infiniti Q60 IPL.

Infiniti ’s M Line is in a tricky spot as the Japanese brand’s resident mid-size, performance luxury sedan.

On one hand, it has all the makings of a car that exudes style, performance, luxury, craftsmanship and technology, hallmarks of what makes for a really impressive luxury car. But on the other hand, it’s very classification as a luxury car means that it’s in the cross hairs of some of pretty stiff competition, including the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class , two German luxury sedans that are pretty much synonymous in the market.

That’s the challenge Infiniti has with the M Line . Build it up as a unique luxury sedan with a multitude of features attached to it, all while trying to establish the car as something that can go head-to-head with the BMWs and Mercedes of the world.

It’s an unenviable task that Infiniti hopes the 2013 M Line can live up to.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Infiniti M Line


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