Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept: The Shape Of Things To Come?
Make no mistake, the ruby-red Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept is a statement car. The ruby red souped-up sedan states quite starkly Nissan's desire to join Mercedes' AMG and BMW's M-series in the upper echelon of luxurious performance vehicles.
The Eau Rouge (literally, “Red Water”), like most classic concept cars, is not really ready for prime time. Something's lacking... an engine, for one thing. Exactly WHAT engine Nissan's braintrust imagines a future production Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge would have, even they're not sure of.
Infiniti president Johan de Nysschen states he “would expect it to feature over 500hp and 600 lb-ft of torque,” while structurally exhibiting a V-cylinder configuration fed fuel via forced induction.
Even more interestingly, no engines in the current Nissan/Infinity inventory fit the bill – or the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge's capacious engine bay. “Through our various alliance partners we have access to a range of engines featuring this performance capability,” explained de Nysschen, “which, with a fair amount of engineering effort, can be developed to exhibit Infiniti character and accommodated within the Q50 engine bay.” Sounds like a plan, Johan!
Though the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept's powertrain is, for the time being at least, conceptual, we're left to salivate over the sensually-styled sedan's muscularly curvaceous body. The concept's Q50 heritage is obvious but Infiniti's design team took that appealing ball and ran with it.
The most noticeable change is the concept's beefy girth – generously sculpted carbon fiber body panels add 20 millimeters of width to the production Q50's dimensions and though that doesn't sound like much, the the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept visually exudes strength and power. Assorted aerodynamic enhancements and 21-inch wheels complete the look.
“Q50 Eau Rouge provides not only a glimpse of the design language, but also the performance capability of a future special series,” summed up Johan de Nysschen. Now that he's teased us so shamelessly, let's all hope de Nysschen does his utmost to turn this glimpse into something a lot more lasting. (via Driving.ca and AutoGuide)