8. Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept
Arguably the most under-appreciated car of this year’s Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti is directly to blame for the lackluster reception its Q50 Eau Rouge weathered. The Japanese luxury brand didn’t even bother to cover its car before its press conference and that’s a shame because that choice deflated hype like a sewing needle stuck into a hot air balloon.
Somehow, Infiniti managed to scuttle the excitement around its best-looking concept since the exotic-looking Essence Concept. That’s a shame because the brand says if it builds the car, it will have at least 500 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. The powerplant is still an enigma, but we know it will feature forced induction with a V cylinder configuration and that it will probably come from one of Infiniti’s corporate partners. Combine that with the fact that it has as higher hood than the normal Q50 and it sounds an awful lot like Infiniti is flirting with a turbocharged Mercedes V8.