Although the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept made its world debut in Detroit, the presentation lacked a good deal of detail about one of the most important elements of high-performance sport sedan: its powertrain. Infiniti used the car's first European appearance to rectify that matter most impressively. Fully living up to the teases presented by Johan de Nysschen, president of Infiniti at its original Motor City unveiling, the Q50 Eau Rouge rumbled into Geneva with a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 under its hood tuned to crank out 560 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque.
Culled from the Nissan GT-R, this even-more-potent version of its force-fed V6 is backed by a 7-speed automatic transmission that ships motive force to the pavement via a full-time all-wheel-drive system with a 50/50 torque split. De Nysschen says that matchup should let the Q50 Eau Rouge flash from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds and top out near 180 mph. While encouraging, Infiniti execs also noted that no decision had been made to greenlight the one-off Q50 Eau Rouge for production but that it's presence in Geneva did confirm the automaker's intention "to create engaging performance cars for a premium segment."
Back in reality, Infiniti also unveiled a Q50 model with a new 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. This high-tech 4-cylinder makes 208 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque which gets sent to the rear wheels by a 7-speed automatic. The Infiniti Q50 2.0t is set to roll out in China later this spring and in Europe in the fall. While there are no current plans to add the Q50 2.0t to the U.S. lineup, Infiniti has confirmed to Kelley Blue Book that the engine will be used in upcoming Infiniti and Nissan vehicles that are sold here.
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