[CONFIRMED] Eau Rouge Concept seen at Geneva to use Twin-Turbo GT-R Motor, according to Infiniti CEO
Posted on 07 March 2014
The Eau Rouge Concept is Creating lots of Interest, Infiniti Confirms Plans to Use GT-R Series Motors in Q50 Sedan.
We reported earlier this week about the buzz surrounding an Eau Rouge concept seen at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. In case you missed that post, check it out here
. While some were skeptical about the actuality of a GT-R motor in an Infiniti, most people seemed enthusiastic despite betting on a tuned-down version hitting US Soil. The 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 packs 560 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, and the potential of a VR powered Infiniti Sedan is drawing lots of comments and screams of excitement from enthusiasts worldwide.
Presumably after seeing the reaction of the Eau Rouge concept, Infiniti has decided to pursue further development of the Nissan Q50, stating they "would build it right away”. However, Infiniti
cautions that the project still faces many hurdles before anyone will see the premium sport-sedan, stressing the program is “still very much up in the air.”
Prior to the Geneva showing of the Eau Rouge concept, Infiniti hinted that a GT-R based engine was certainly in the mix and a "potential powertrain for the Q50 Eau Rouge". In a follow-up interview, Infiniti CEO Johan de Nysschen confirmed that the twin-turbo
V-6 is his personal choice for the Q50 Eau Rouge powertrain, while reminding fans that other options have been considered. de Nysschen also cautioned that many "engineering procedures are needed to validate that the Q50 Eau Rouge can live up to Infiniti expectations".
With that in mind, the GT-R VR powered Infiniti Sedan is likely to be at least a year or so out. While it's only a pipe-dream at this point, it is very good news knowing that Infiniti want's to build the car, and high-ranking individuals support the concept.
Until then, we can watch this video highlighting the engine/exhaust sounds until our ears bleed.