560 Horsepower Means Infiniti is Serious About Eau Rouge

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There are sport sedans and then there are sport sedans. For years BMW has played in this arena with the M3, Mercedes-Benz with the C63 AMG and Audi with the RS 4 and RS 5. Now it seems Infiniti wants a piece of the super-high-performance segment with its Q50 in the skin of the Eau Rouge concept that we first saw at the 2014 Detroit auto show in January.

The problem then was Infiniti didn't reveal the engine that would be under the hood.

Related: Infiniti Q50 Eau Rogue Concept Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

Today, its proudly announcing that there's a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 under the hood good for 560 horsepower. Sound familiar?

It's the same engine that powers Nissan's GT-R supercar, which in its latest incarnation takes the engine's total output to 600 horses.

Like the GT-R, the engine is teamed to an all-wheel-drive system and mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission for a zero-to-60-mph time of less than 4 seconds.

There's no confirmation that this uber Q will make it to production, but it'd be hard for Infiniti to back down from challenging the likes of its above-mentioned competitors along with Cadillac's powerful V models after this announcement.

By David Thomas | March 4, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Infiniti QX80 Video

The buzzword for the 2014 Infiniti QX80 is "big." The luxury SUV is big in size, comfort, engine and especially price. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays calls its Salvador Dali-esque exterior styling "droopy." However, there's nothing droopy about the acceleration from the QX80's 400-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8, which makes for robust passing but lackluster fuel economy. Still, if you're dropping nearly $80,000 (the price of our test car), what you pay at the pump likely will take a back seat to the lush comfort of your second-row passengers. Watch the video above.

2014 Infiniti QX80 Review

By Matt Schmitz | February 27, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 Infiniti QX80 Review

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For such a gigantic, luxurious SUV, the 2014 Infiniti QX80 won't win any awards for efficient use of space. Taking a road trip? Tell your travel group to pack light. Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger notes that some subcompact cars offer more suitcase space than what's behind the QX80's third row, and its fuel costs are commensurate with the QX80's enormity. Still, Geiger gushes that the first- and second-row seats are as decadently cushy as the interior is tastefully appointed, while opulent exterior styling will elicit gentlemen's bets among admirers as to how much this baby set you back. Read Geiger's review.

2014 Infiniti QX80 Review

By Matt Schmitz | February 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Infiniti QX80: Big SUV, Small Kids Don't Mix

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The 2014 Infiniti QX80 is a three-row behemoth that seems ready-made for families. It can haul up to eight passengers depending on the seat configuration, so I figured that my family of five would be easy for it to handle. Boy, was I wrong.

2014 Infiniti QX80: Car Seat Check

The QX80 — formerly known as the QX56 — has a spacious, luxurious interior, but it didn't play nicely with my young children's child-safety seats, and a difficult-to-access third row had my 3-year-old daughter climbing into the cargo area to get to her car seat; I followed right behind her to buckle her in.

By BreAnn Ahara | February 5, 2014 | Comments (8)

2014 Infiniti QX80: Car Seat Check

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Infiniti's largest SUV is quite the beast, with loads of head- and legroom and seating for seven or eight passengers across three rows of seats, depending on if it's equipped with second-row bucket seats or a bench. Installing child-safety seats in the QX80 (previously called the QX56), was fairly uncomplicated thanks to accessible Latch anchors, but several small ergonomic issues combined to lower this SUV's Car Seat Check scores.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two, one on each bucket seat

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | February 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept: Up Close

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Infiniti wants a pure-bred, high-performance car in its lineup. If the Q50 Eau Rouge concept is any indication, the automaker is on the right track and ready to slap a mean engine between the fenders of the Formula One-inspired Q50 Eau Rouge. The currently unnamed engine could be a high-powered V-8 or twin-turbocharged V-6 with 500-plus horsepower, said Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen, who also stated at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that a high-performance Q50 is destined for production.

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What the Q50 Eau Rouge does reveal, however, is the solid foundation already laid in creating a higher-performance sport sedan with the wider, lower, carbon-fiber-infused Eau Rogue.

By Joe Bruzek | January 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rogue Concept Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

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If the concept car we saw this week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is a reliable indicator, the hot-looking Infiniti Q50 luxury sedan could be on the fast track to a faster version. As its name indicates, the Q50 Eau Rogue concept, a performance variant of the regular G25/G37 successor, is influenced by Infiniti's ties to Formula One racing and wears the looks to back up its name.

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The Q50 Eau Rouge wears widened rear fenders and aerodynamic carbon-fiber body enhancements. It rides on blacked-out 21-inch forged alloy wheels, and bright trim work around the grille, windows and door handles is toned down with matching dark chrome matte accents for a sinister look. Check out the photo gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Looks like: A bulging, 'roided-up Q50
Defining characteristics: Potential 500-hp engine, widened fenders, Formula One-inspired aerodynamics
Ridiculous features: Red-infused carbon fiber interior accents
Chance of being mass-produced: A performance-tuned Infiniti isn't that farfetched

The Q50's Eau Rouge concept can thank Infiniti's involvement in Formula One racing. The concept is a high-performance version of the Q50 sports sedan. The Eau Rouge name comes from a particularly fast corner of the Formula One circuit, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, that sees speeds around 200 mph from Formula One cars.

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We imagine a high-performance Q50 could be a prime match for the newly released, 425-horsepower 2015 BMW M3. While the exact source of power hasn't been nailed down, exterior and interior modifications are ready to support whatever engine Infiniti decides to throw in the car.

By Joe Bruzek | January 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Infiniti Q50 Video

If you liked the Infiniti G37, you may just love the Q50, the name the luxury sedan now goes by for 2014. The exterior design boasts a shapelier grille and more dramatic styling, and the 3.7-liter V-6 provides plenty of power while the optional steer-by-wire system allows nimbler handling. As the price can quickly reach $50,000 with options, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says buyers may be nitpicky about a few chintzier interior features. Overall, however, Mays says Infiniti "took a good thing and made it even better." Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 9, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2014 Infiniti Q50

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 23 model-year 2014 Q50 sedans from Nissan's luxury brand, Infiniti.

The Problem: The affected vehicles are equipped with the Direct Adaptive Steering system, and should the engine compartment reach freezing temperatures, the electric system could become disabled. The backup mechanical steering system could also be delayed. This could result in a loss of steering control and a crash.

The Fix: Nissan told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it has already notified all affected Q50 owners, and all the cars were towed to Infiniti dealerships. Dealers updated the software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners with questions may contact Infiniti at 800-662-6200 or NHTSA at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 18, 2013 | Comments (3)

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