560HP Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Probably Won't Happen
What started as a concept – a Q50 luxury sedan with the 560hp beating heart of a Nissan GT-R – slowly became a sure bet, following industry talk of a production run, Infiniti test drives of a prototype, and a rather convincing ad spot. However, according to former Infiniti CEO Johan de Nysschen (now at Cadillac), the Japanese automaker doesn't have the drive to push this super-sedan into production. In a Facebook post, spotted by Jalopnik, de Nysschen wrote the following: “I heard a rumor that Noboru Tateishi is going to cop-out and shelve the Eau Rouge project now that I'm not there to pressure him. Tell any Cadillac or Audi engineer 'build me a 560hp sports sedan' and you have to reign them in. At Infiniti, it seems easier to push water uphill. More enthusiasm for 'driver's aids', apparently, than 'driver's cars', in some quarters, it would seem.” RELATED: Check out more photos of the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge
Them's fighting words. Tateishi, Infiniti's corporate vice president, would ultimately be one of the few to give the 'yay' or 'nay' vote on whether the four-door GT-R goes into production, especially in the wake of two of its largest proponents changing teams – de Nysschen to Cadillac and Nissan exec Andy Palmer to Aston Martin.
Later, de Nysschen responded to a comment from Bertel Schmitt of the Daily Kanban explaining, “I'm trying to help my old team by provoking. They really want, need and deserve that car. But one guy is a bottleneck...”
That tone continued on as de Nysschen commended Infiniti for the latest 'tweaks' to the Q50 that, in his words, keep the cars “every bit true to tradition.” He concluded by adding, “If only the people responsible for making it, would muster some enthusiasm and just do it – Infiniti as a brand, and the fans, are crying out for it.”
So far there's been no official word from Infiniti, but count us in on those fans hoping to see some prowling the streets.
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