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Mike Stevens | May, 27 2014 | 0 Comments

Infiniti could soon have a genuine hero model in its growing line-up, as development of its Q50 Eau Rouge prototype continues in the UK.

Revealed first as a concept earlier this year, the Q50 Eau Rouge previews a potential rival to the likes of BMW’s M3 and the next C 63 AMG sedan.

In April, Infiniti confirmed that the hot concept would graduate to prototype status, and the company has this week reported that early tests at the UK’s Millbrook Proving Ground have shown serious production potential.

Now the car’s development team will turn its attention to further refining the aerodynamic package, along with the rear axle and suspension components.

“Computer controlling is not ruled out for the suspension, while initial wind tunnel data has shown that the prototype’s lowered ride height (minus 15mm to 20mm) has benefited under-body airflow,” the company said today in a statement.

“Further bespoke flat surface engineering for the prototype’s underside is also to be evaluated.”

Much remains unknown about how much of the Q50 Eau Rouge concept’s features will make their way to production, including its one big drawcard: the engine.

At March’s Geneva Motor Show, Infiniti confirmed that the Eau Rouge concept was powered by the Nissan GT-R’s big twin-turbo 3.8 litre six, producing a handsome 417kW.

Also matched to an all-wheel-drive system, Infiniti claims a very sharp 0-100km/h time of 4.1 seconds for the Eau Rouge.

Whether we’ll see this setup in the final production model is unclear - if production is indeed confirmed - but the concept of a four-door GT-R would make for one hell of a selling point.

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