The development of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge has been a slow and steady process. They first unveiled the car as a design study, then fitted it with a Nissan GT-R engine, and are now trying to figure out a way to produce it in small numbers. Question is, should they?
To find out if this whole thing has been an exercise in futility, or if there really is a super saloon in Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge, Evo’s Jethro Bovingdon took the car to Millbrook Proving Ground and gave it a good thrashing:
While Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge does get the 500+ twin-turbo V6 engine of the GT-R, there wasn’t enough room in it for that car’s transmission and all-wheel-drive system. So it gets a seven-speed automatic and a normal AWD from run of the mill Infinitis. That kind of spoils the whole point of having the GT-R engine, because you can’t really use its full potential with the ordinary running gear. Still, the idea of an insanely powerful saloon car is always a happy thought.