Infiniti has revealed the Q50 Eau Rouge concept at the 2014 NAIAS Detroit Motor Show.
This sporty concept car is showing company’s design vision of a high-performance Q50 premium sports saloon with inspiration coming from the Formula One.
The concept has most of the exterior panels replaced with new ones, with only the front doors and the arch of the roof pillars remaining as standard components.
The design has a number of distinctive Formula-One inspired touches. In particular, the sculpted front wing assembly and the rear aerodynamic packaging take their cues from the RB9 race car. The rear fog light packaging is unmistakably Formula One.
The Q50 Eau Rouge is wider and lower than the standard model, featuring a muscular and powerful look. Some of the most notable updates include new front and rear fenders extending the current Q50’s stance by 20mm, while a larger deck lid spoiler creates air-pressure downforce.
The interior continues a similar theme with high-grip sports steering wheel, Formula One-style paddle-shifters, red-infused carbon fibre detailing and silver-chrome detailing.
“If we built this car I would expect it to feature over 500hp and 600 lb-ft of torque and through our various alliance partners we have access to a range of engines featuring this performance capability which, with a fair amount of engineering effort, can be developed to exhibit Infiniti character and accommodated within the Q50 engine bay,” said Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company Limited.
Infiniti already has a deal with Mercedes, so if this hot saloon ever makes it into production it could get the AMG twin-turbo V8, going against the likes of Audi RS6, Mercedes E63 AMG an BMW M5.