Infiniti hasn’t killed off its plans for hot Eau Rouge models.
The Japanese luxury automaker surprised the world when it introduced the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge, packing the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 under the hood as the Nissan GT-R. With four-wheel drive, the Q50 Eau Rouge was built by racing team RML Group, the same company behind the crazy Juke R and Juke R 2.0. But the big focus on the Q50 Eau Rouge was the idea that Infiniti planned to broaden its lineup with performance models that could compete with the likes of the BMW M3 and M4, but it never came to fruition.
In a recent interview with Auto Express, Infiniti head Roland Kruger has confirmed that Eau Rouge isn’t dead, but the company just isn’t in a rush to bring it to market.
For now, the company wants to focus on launching the new Q30 and the upcoming Q60 that will be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine. Kruger did hint that he wants a high-performance model or brand like Eau Rouge, but is aware of Infiniti’s current position in the market as a small company compared to its competitors.
The new Infiniti Q60 is rumored to offer as much as 400 horsepower from its new twin-turbo mill, which is still less than the BMW M4 and the new Mercedes-AMG C63. That means there’s room for a hotter halo model in the future.
In related news, Kruger hinted that the twin-turbo engine will also be heading to the Q50 sedan, giving it a more formidable competitor to the popular BMW 3 Series.
[Source: Auto Express]
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