Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge May be Put on Ice
Prepare for your dreams to be dashed, ladies and gentlemen. Word has it that the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge, long thought to be headed for production, just might not make that trip after all. Instead, Infiniti’s super sedan could be headed to the shelves if a Facebook post from former CEO Johan de Nysschen is to be believed. According to Jalopnik, de Nysschen was quoted in a private post saying that there were rumors that Noboru Tateishi, a senior engineer and Nissan’s corporate vice president, is planning to ice the Q50 Eau Rouge now that he isn’t around to pressure him.
It’s been well chronicled that de Nysschen and former Infiniti chairman Andy Palmer were the two guys who championed the production of the Q50 Eau Rouge. But now that both are gone — de Nysschen now heads Cadillac and Palmer has the same role at Aston Martin — the four-door luxury sports sedan doesn’t have nearly the same amount of support as it once had. That could be a big reason why the current bigwigs at Nissan and Infiniti have gone cold on the idea of building a production version of the model in the near future.
Hopefully, de Nysschen simply heard wrong or probably heard some whispers that were taken out of context. I think it would be a huge blow to Infiniti if the Q50 Eau Rouge, considered as the four-door doppelgänger of the Nissan GT-R, ends up becoming the biggest tease in the auto industry since the 2005 Ford GR-1 Concept.
Cross your fingers that this isn’t true. We don’t want to see all that time spent testing and developing the car to be this awesome go to waste.
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Why it matters
It’s really difficult to see the rationale behind shelving the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge given how much attention the concept has received since it first made its debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. But this recent report is disconcerting, to say the least.
At one point, it appeared that the Q50 Eau Rouge already had some kind of timetable that would lead to the actual production of road-going units. But with support for the car apparently waning within Infiniti, it’s now a question of whether those still in charge see the value of the car or whether they’ll simply discard all the hard work put in the development up to this point.
Hopefully, wiser heads prevail here, but if there’s any truth to what de Nysschen reportedly heard, we could see the Q50 Eau Rouge’s demise happen before any of us could even enjoy it. That would be a crying shame.
First introduced at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept proved a lot of things about Infiniti. The biggest takeaway was that the brand could actually make a high-powered car that a lot of people would salivate at the thought of driving. Who knew?
The Q50 Eau Rouge not only validated Infiniti’s performance abilities to a certain extent, but the four-door luxury-performance sedan also showed what Nissan’s luxury brand is fully capable of. Sure, receiving the Nissan GT-R’s 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, V-6 engine didn’t hurt the Q50 Eau Rouge’s cause, either. That six-banger gave the four-door sports sedan around 560 horsepower, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a little over three seconds to go with a top speed of around 180 mph.
The Q50 Eau Rouge would’ve been an awesome car, and it still might be.