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Mike Stevens | Apr, 23 2014 | 1 Comment

Officially, Infiniti’s Q50 Eau Rouge performance concept is merely under consideration for production. It’s being tested for feasibility, the company has confirmed, but beyond that… nobody’s saying.

Not officially, at least. And while the concept’s turbo V6 engine - believed to be borrowed from the hero GT-R - may not come across to production, reports this week suggest a schedule for the fast sedan is a sure thing.

Revealed first as a design study at January’s Detroit Auto Show, the Eau Rouge surfaced again in Geneva last month. That’s when Infiniti cracked the concept’s ribs to reveal a 417kW turbocharged 3.8 litre six.

Infiniti hasn’t said “GT-R” in its communications, of course - but with those details, along with an all-wheel-drive system and a 0-100km/h time of 4.1 seconds… there’s little room for wondering.

And now, while F1 pilot and Infiniti ‘Director of Performance’ helps to guide the Q50 Eau Rouge through its feasibility tests, comments on the sidelines of the Beijing Auto Show offer a hint of what’s to come.

“At this stage it would take more to stop the car getting made than to start things,” an Infiniti insider reportedly told the UK’s Auto Express this week. “There is a real buzz about it.”

The program is understood to have already progressed beyond basic testing, focusing now on the viability (and warranty-worthy status) of components and packaging for this hugely enhanced flagship in the Q50 range.

If all of this is to be believed, we may soon see yet another rival for the BMW M3, Mercedes C 63 AMG and Lexus IS F.

Watch this space.

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