The Q50 Eau Rouge is Happening for Real
When the Q50 Eau Rouge concept rolled into the Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January, it got many fans talking. It’s subsequent reveal in Geneva with a GT-R heart kept the conversation going. Now, we can tell you with great confidence that the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is very real, and if all goes according to plan – destined for production. The news comes from Motor Trend’s recent trip to the Infiniti Motors' headquarters in Hong Kong, where Peter Smith (Infiniti Deputy Program Director) granted access to the development of Godzilla’s four-door cousin. It may seem like a straightforward project to fans – just drop a Q50 on top of a GT-R body – but that wasn’t Infiniti’s intention at all, as Smith explained. “We don’t want to make a 4-door GT-R. It needs to be an Infiniti – something that represents premium and luxury, but also super performance.” RELATED: See more photos of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge
It will undoubtedly accomplish this. The spec list on the Q50 Eau Rouge, known internally as Project Raijin (Japanese for “God of Thunder”), will rocket the luxury saloon way past its German counterparts within the same market share.
Smith confirms power output from the GT-R sourced twin-turbo V6 will amount to 560-horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, 15hp more and 20 lb-ft less than in the GT-R. While the V6 heart might be borrowed, its drivetrain is unique. The GT-R transaxle would not fit in the Q50 chassis – chosen for its optimal handling characteristics – so Infiniti set to work upgrading its seven-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive system from underneath the Q70. Power delivery favors the rear of the car, with the front taking over when need be.
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Beefy Brembo brakes and carefully chosen Recaro seats find their way up front, along with a not-so-apparent upgrade. The body panels from the A-pillar forward have been replaced in favor of lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic. These improvements, among other weight-saving initiatives help keep the Eau Rouge’s curb weight less than 3,800 lbs – similar to the standard Q50, and lighter than the GT-R.
But most importantly, all the parts are currently available at Nissan’s Tochigi assembly plants; meaning production can be expected once Infiniti is confident in the thunderous saloon. Check out the full story, linked below, it’s an enticing read.
[via Motor Trend]
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