Formula One-inspired Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept (pictures)
This is the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept, a Formula One-inspired take on the sport sedan.
Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept (pictures)
DETROIT -- This is the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept, named after a high-speed corner of the Spa-Francorchamps race circuit in Belgium. The exotic-sounding name may ring a bell for F1 fans, but it seems to have gone over the heads of enough of the automotive press that the automaker deemed it necessary to publish a second press release explaining why they chose to name it so.
According to Infiniti, the company's president states, "If we built this car I would expect it to feature over 500 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque." This would presumably be made possible by adding forced induction to the Q50's 3.7-liter VQ-series engine. Fortunately for Infiniti's people, they don't have to back up such a claim on a concept car.
The odds that Infiniti will build a 500-horsepower sport sedan is slim, but I wouldn't be too surprised to see some of the styling cues and bolt-on upgrades surface on future Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) accessories.