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Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Announced

Infiniti develops a performance sedan inspired by F1

Jan 14, 2014 SHARE
Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept homepage Photo 1/11   |   Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Details:

  • Named after an F1 circuit
  • Available V6 hybrid engine with Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid system
  • Other engine options include 3.7L V6 and turbo-diesel 2.2L inline-4
  • Available in AWD or RWD

A fresh new year also comes with fresh new cars. At the Detroit Motor show starting this week you'll see the good, the bad, and the absolutely ugly concepts that automakers have planned for the future. One ongoing trend luxury automakers are starting bring is performance into its cars; take for example the Lexus RC F or even the Acura NSX that's to come -- they're slapped with luxury automaker badges, but they aren't your typical boring luxury cars. These cars bring more to the table.

Leave it to Infiniti, Nissan's luxury division, to drop something that's not bad and not even ugly. Introducing the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge, named for a section in an F1 circuit.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept rear taillights Photo 2/11   |   Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept

"The Eau Rouge corner complex is one of the most challenging and satisfying parts of any circuit in the F1 calendar," said Sebastian Vettel, Infiniti's Director of Performance and four-time Formula One World Driver's Champion for Infiniti Red Bull Racing. "The speed through it, the initial compression, extreme lateral G-forces and blind apex, gives you a big rush. Get it right and it's incredibly rewarding. But it can also catch you out."

The Q50 will be a benchmark of performance and technology for Infiniti's newest direction. The new sedan takes styling cues from the Infiniti Essence Concept and retains the iconic Infiniti sport sedan shape. The automaker is calling it a premium sports sedan infused with the enticing spirit of Formula One.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept front end Photo 3/11   |   Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept

The Q50 will be low and wide, giving it an aggressive stance and road presence. Starting from the front will be the Q50's signature double-arch front grille with a dark chrome matte finish. The curved and double air-vented hood is fully functional shoving cool air to the engine. The new body design will offer enhanced airflow over the upper and lower body portions, resulting in a coefficient of drag of just 0.26; the Q50 will also be featuring zero front and rear lift.

A variety of advanced engines are available for the Q50. First is a 3.7-liter aluminum-alloy DOHC 24-valve V6 pumping out 328 horsepower and 269lb-ft of torque. The engine features Infiniti's Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System(CVTCS) and Variable Valve Event and Lift(VVEL).

If you want a greener option, an advanced hybrid powertrain that uses Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid system with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control is also available. An innovative engine that combines a 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V6 and a compact laminated lithium-ion battery with a one-motor/two-clutch motor control. While the advanced 50kW electric motor is rated at 67hp and 214lb.-ft of torque, the V6 is rated at 302hp and 258lb.-ft of torque, giving the hybrid system a net power of 360hp. Not only will you get powerful acceleration but lean fuel economy as well.

Also available is the 2.2-liter, four cylinder turbo diesel engine. The motor will be producing a generous 170hp and 295lb.-ft of torque.

All powertrains are mated with an advanced 7-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode and available steering column-mounted magnesium paddle shifters. The Q50 will be available in rear-wheel drive and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive powertrains.

The amazing handling is taken care of by the 4-wheel independent multi-link suspension. The front of the car uses a single-pivot double-wishbone design, while the rear utilizes a multi-link design with coil springs and Dual Flow Path shock absorbers that use increased camber stiffness for ride comfort.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept interior Photo 7/11   |   Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept

In the interior Infiniti wanted to offer the driver command and comfort. Special attention was paid to the driver position. A high-grip sports steering wheel with you guessed it Formula One style paddle-shifters. The doors and center console have red-infused carbon fiber as well as dark-chrome detailing to complement the exterior. The front and rear seats features a new design developed to help distribute body pressure across a wider range of the upper seating surface. There's no shy of technology in the cockpit either. A premium Bose audio system, two touch screens with hand gesture screen operation and a 24-hour access to a live team of professional assistants called Infiniti Personal Assistant is few of the amazing features in the Q50.

In terms of safety the Infiniti Q50 is proven to be substantial. In 2013, the Q50 was awarded the highest scores possible for safety performance. The NHTSA awarded the Q50 five-stars for crash performance. This makes it amongst the safest premium sedan cars on the road today.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept rear three quarters Photo 11/11   |   Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept
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