- More ‘Infiniti GT-R’ Models Planned, Low Volumes For Q50 Eau Rouge:
- New sedan planned for gap between Q50 and Q70: Q60 Four-door coupe?
Luxury marque Infiniti isn’t done exploiting the 417kW turbo engine of Nissan’s GT-R, according to new reports out of the US this week.
Development continues on the new M3-fighting Q50 Eau Rouge, but a report with Motor Trend suggests we can expect that big six to appear in at least two more Infiniti models.
Speaking with the magazine this week, Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen highlighted two other likely applications that would play in key luxury performance segments.
“I think that we should expect to see at least three different car lines across the Infiniti lineup that feature that powertrain,” de Nysschen told Motor Trend.
“You can imagine a high-end coupe, you can imagine a real high-performance luxury four-seater… and it seems to me a logical evolution to do the new Q60.”
That high-end coupe could point to a production version of the popular Essence concept, revealed way back in 2009.
While the Essence represented a preview of Infiniti’s future styling direction, the company said it would not build the 441kW 3.7 litre petrol-electric hybrid coupe.
It seems Infiniti may now be reconsidering its position.
As for the Q60 - the new name for Infiniti’s G coupe - we can likely expect a replacement to appear in the coming year.
de Nysschen’s comments suggest a new flagship model will headline that new Q60 range, giving Infiniti something of a BMW M4 rival.
Likewise, a replacement for the current Q70 - the new name for the large M sedan - will also be on the horizon.
A GT-R powered model at the top of that range would be positioned as a rival to the popular M5 and E 63 AMG sedans.
For now, however, Infiniti’s plans for a range of high-powered halo models will depend on the outcome of current feasibility testing for its Q50 Eau Rouge.
While future models will benefit from the Q50 Eau Rouge’s development - which will reduce the cost of developing more performance models - a production run of the Q50 would be an extremely limited-edition and expensive offering.
"We are probably also looking at 250-500 units a year,” de Nysschen said. “I would have to say in order to set expectations, we’re probably looking at a US$100,000 car.
“With a hand-built car, you have very high unit costs.”
By comparison, BMW’s M3 retails for just over US$60,000 in North America. (And in Australia you'll pay upwards of $155,000 for the M3, meaning the Q50 Eau Rouge could cost more than $200,000 here.)
de Nysschen added that that the likely high cost of the Q50 Eau Rouge could potentially be subsidised by the company to “keep it within reach”.
And, with the Q50 likely to be halfway through its life cycle before the Eau Rouge hits showrooms, a production run of only two or three years should be expected.
Infiniti may also join the four-door coupe party in the near future, with a sleek new model expected to sit between the Q50 sedan and Q60 coupe.
Such a model would take on BMW’s 4 Series Gran Coupe and Audi’s A5 Sportback, and potentially a four-door coupe version of the new Mercedes C-Class.
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