INFINITI Q50 EAU ROUGE: 373KW POWERHOUSE
Although strictly a concept for now, it is clear that parent Nissan has set its sights on building Infiniti's esteem in the prestige market, where each player offers at least one genuine performance hero.
Developed together with Red Bull F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, the Q50 Eau Rouge sits lower and wider than its regular sibling, and only the roof and door profiles are unchanged.
Unique new styling and aero features include a host of carbon-fibre additions, with a new front splitter and rear diffuser, side skirts, and mirror housings, and - like BMW's M3 - there's even a carbon-fibre roof.
There's also a new bonnet with small side intakes, an integrated boot-lid spoiler, and a dual sports exhaust system poking out of the rear bumper.
And, of course, the whole package rides on 21-inch lightweight forged alloy wheels and a lower sports suspension setup.
As for power? No official figures, but if built, Infiniti reckons the Eau Rouge would offer somewhere in the vicinity of 370kW. That'll do.
"If we built this car I would expect it to feature over 500hp (373kW) and 600lb/ft (812Nm) of torque," Infiniti Brand boss Johan de Nysschen said.
"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."
"The engine we are evaluating for the Q50 Eau Rouge is a big personality, V-cylinder engine with forced induction. I think our engineers have been waiting for a project like this."
In its regular form, the Q50 is offered with a 157kW 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine from Mercedes-Benz, along with a 245kW 3.7 litre V6 and a 270kW 3.5 litre V6 petrol-electric hybrid powertrain.
The Infiniti Q50 sedan will be a new model for Australia, replacing the G sedan which was never sold here.
The Q50 will make its Australian debut next month. Watch for TMR's first drive review.