‘Eau Rouge’ trademark application filled by Nissan is still being considered

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 23, 2014

In March 2014 we found out that the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept is powered by the same twin-turbo V6 engine used by the Nissan GT-R, while in June, Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen revealed the fact that the production version will cost around $100,000.

Still, it appears that Infiniti is facing some troubles as the trademark application for “Eau Rouge” which was filed by a Nissan lawyer in January is still being considered by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Eau Rouge is an high uphill bend at the Spa-Francorchams but according to an Infiniti spokesman there are no objections from the regional Wallonian government, the owner of the racetrack for almost a decade.

Marc Genicot a.k.a. the administrative and legal director at Spa-Francorchamps declined to make any comment regarding Infiniti’s U.S. trademark application. Earlier this year in April, the racetrack registered the name “L’Eau Rouge”, which means that Infiniti will have to reach an agreement in order to sell the vehicle in Europe.

If built and sold, the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge will be Nissan’s fastest and most powerful sedan. The 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine found under the hood delivers an impressive 560 hp and power is delivered to the all-wheel drive system through the seven-speed transmission.

The engine pushes the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than four seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 180 mph or 290 km/h. This means that the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge will be faster and more powerful than the BMW M3 sedan.

The M3 uses a 3.0-liter high-revving in-line engine that pumps out 431 hp and 550 Nm of torque. According to BMW, the M3 sedan accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h or at 280 km/h (174 mph) when equipped with the M Driver’s Package. [source: automotive news - sub. required]

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