The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is a tantalising aftertaste of what could be. The GT-R agent endows it with huge accomplishment and the four-wheel drive anatomy deploys every atom of ability with absolute security. For a rolling ancestor its faculty of cohesiveness is some achievement. However, it lacks the alternation of the best rivals from the cast of BMW and needs to action greater activity and faculty of break to be a accurate account of absorbed from Infiniti.
When was the aftermost time you saw an Infiniti out in the wild? Or the aftermost time you heard a acquaintance or aide say that they absolutely capital one? I’m academic the acknowledgment to those questions is ‘I can’t remember’ and ‘that’s never happened’. It’s fair to say that Infiniti’s barrage in the UK has been met with aloofness at best and that Nissan’s antic affluence sub cast needs article appropriate to absolutely authorize itself in the UK and Europe. Well, this Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge ability aloof be the actual thing.
How does a four-wheel drive air-conditioned alehouse powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 agent adopted from the boss Nissan GT-R and pumped up to 560bhp sound? Yep, anticipation you’d like that.
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This Q50 Eau Rouge, which is about amid the BMW M3 and M5 in dimensions, is still a alive ancestor so there’s abundant to do afore Infiniti decides to go advanced with production. However, it’s been developed by the RML Accumulation – a chase aggregation and engineering aggregation based in Northamptonshire – with a baby assembly run as the target. If all goes able-bodied this car will act as a springboard for a accomplished ambit of Infiniti accomplishment derivatives, too.
Nearly all of the Eau Rouge’s underpinnings are from the Nissan/Infiniti ancestors to cut costs and ensure durability. Far from a GT-R with a alehouse anatomy plonked on top, the Eau Rouge is a thoroughly engineered and bespoke machine. It utilises the Q50 belvedere affiliated to the four-wheel drive arrangement and the 7-speed automated gearbox from Infiniti’s beyond Q70 saloon. It’s been a massive engineering claiming to fit the GT-R engine, accumulate it air-conditioned and to get it communicating with the Infiniti gearbox and four-wheel drive system.
The aftereffect is amazingly articular and a actor afar from the asperous ancestor drudge I’d expected. The fixed-rate dampers (the assembly archetypal will accept switchable abeyance with assorted modes) action superb ascendancy of the car’s not accessible 1800kg mass, the GT-R blueprint brakes are able and action accomplished feel and the Eau Rouge aloof has the activity of a car on the border of production.
However, there are still abounding challenges to overcome. In a apple of seamless twin-clutch gearboxes the 7-speed auto is artlessly too apathetic and unresponsive, and although the four-wheel drive arrangement offers acceptable accelerated antithesis and superb traction, the Eau Rouge doesn’t absolutely action the activity or action that you ability apprehend accustomed the affiance of that GT-R engine.
It doesn’t accept that car’s ball or its abominable agility. Infiniti are quick to point out that clarification is a amount cast value, but the Eau Rouge currently feels too restrained, too quiet, aloof a bit too buttoned-up.
Having said that it’s accomplishment is appropriately barbarous and the way it carries acceleration into and through corners is acutely impressive. It’s aloof defective that amount of alternation that the best M cars and AMG models serve-up so joyously. A bluff gearbox will help, so too hardly lighter, added feelsome steering. But what it absolutely needs is somebody to accept the eyes to let RML cull the cork out and absolution the abeyant so clearly ambuscade within.
Infiniti needs a aura that’s ablaze and assured and blitzes the German opposition, abnormally as a low-volume assembly run would absolutely put the Eau Rouge amount point aloft that of acceptable rivals. There’s a absolute stormer actuality aloof beginning to get out. We can’t delay to try the accomplished adaptation back it’s been angry up to 11.