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Vettel’s take on Q50 Eau Rouge touted vital on building an Infiniti sub-brand

Current Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel definitely knows what performance is. That is why Infiniti product strategists are leaning on him to help develop a performance sub-brand for the luxury marque. In fact, Vettel, who serves as director of performance at Infiniti, has been test driving a prototype of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge at the Millbrook Proving Ground in England and at the same giving very important feedback on its performance.

Michael Bartsch, vice president of Infiniti Americas remarked that Vettel is tasked with carefully assessing handling, suspension, components and packaging of up and coming Infiniti models.

Bartsch quipped Sebastian's interpretation of a performance car brings a “very contemporary perspective to it."

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Facelifted 2018 Infiniti Q50 costs slightly higher, with base price of $34,200

Infiniti has just given the 2018 Q50 an upgrade - making it look fresher with a modern twist inside and out. The company had also given the sedan their ProPilot autonomous driving technology. With all the upgrades, we should not be surprised that the 2018 Infiniti Q50 gets a price hike too - now starting at $34,200 excluding the $905 destination and handling fee.

Under the hood of the updated model is the same engine you will find from the 2017 model. The entry level 2.0t Pure still gets a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that generates 208 horsepower (155 kilowatts). The 2018 model costs $250 higher than the previous generation. Customers can go for an all-wheel drive option for an additional $2,000.

What comes after the base model would be the Q50 2.0t Luxe, previously known as the Premium trim. It still gets the same 2.0 liter turbocharged engine, but is pricier at $36,550, or $38,550 for the all-wheel drive option. The AWD Luxe is the most expensive 2.0 liter variant that one could get. Next in line is the beefier Q50 3.0t Luxe, with a 3.0 liter turbocharged engine generating 300 horsepower (223 kilowatts). The most affordable variant with this engine starts at $38,950, and you can get it in all-wheel-drive for $40,950.

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2017 Infiniti Q50 gets refreshed style, new self-driving technologies

Infiniti has enhanced the Q50 premium sports saloon, which makes its global debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. With refreshed styling and holistic performance technologies, Infiniti Q50 was designed to empower and support drivers on the road.

Taking a fairly conservative approach to a mid-cycle refresh, Infiniti revised Q50 supercar’s lower air intakes with new driving lamps and enhanced grille with deeper detailing to the mesh pattern. New LED headlights are incorporated for a better visibility while slimmer LED tail lamps derived from the Q60 are in effect out back.

To spice things up, new model grades offer Infiniti customers a choice of two exterior designs. According to Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President for Global Product Strategy, each model grades offer a distinctive look and character. In particular, Red Sport 400 lets drivers express themselves with a more assertive design conveying the car’s performance potential.

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2017 Infiniti QX80 and Q50 Signature Editions now in Chicago

Expect the latest safety and assistance features with a new set of shiny shoes to match! As the 2017 Chicago Auto Show opens this weekend, Infiniti steps out with two new special bundles for its luxury crossover and sedan models. To stay on the game, Nissan’s luxury division has loaded the Infiniti QX80 and Q50 Signature Editions with more options at a special price.

The 2017 Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition is exclusively offered on the 300hp 3.0 liter V6 variant. The package includes a new set of 17-inch alloy wheels among other exclusive interior amenities. Inside, the new Q50 Signature edition already comes with a tinted moon roof and a new Navigation system equipped with voice recognition that you can also use when changing gears.

For the rear wheel drive sedan, pricing for the Signature Edition package starts at $39,605 after $905 destination charges. The all-wheel drive on the other hand is priced at $41,605.

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Infiniti has recently revealed the pricing for the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Premium and the 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t. The models can now be availed in the country starting at $47,050 and $33,950 respectively (MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license and destination & handling fees of $905). Infiniti's best-seller, the Infiniti Q50 sports sedan, has received a number of tweaks.

Modifications include the addition of three new turbocharged engines and an array of new technologies that further improve the strong dynamics of the top-selling sedan. The 2016 Infiniti Q50 is offered in a wide range of trim levels, each of which comes in choices of rear-wheel and all-wheel drive technologies.

Trim levels include the Q50 2.0t, Q50 2.0t Premium, Q50 3.0t Premium, Q50 Hybrid Premium, Q50 3.0t Sport, and Q50 Red Sport 400. The pricing for the 3.0-liter-V6 twin-turbo-equipped 3.0t and the Red Sport 400 has yet to be announced. Infiniti Americas Vice President (VP) Randy Parker explained that the expanded range will allow the Q50 to cover more markets.

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Infiniti has finally unveiled its advanced engine lineup for the Infiniti Q50 sports sedan at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The roster includes two versions of the 3.0-liter V6 twin turbo engine – delivering max output s of 300 hp and 400 hp -- and the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine.

The new Infiniti Q50 2.0t is powered by the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine that delivers a max output of 208 hp. The Infiniti Q50 3.0t, meanwhile, is served by a version of the 3.0-liter V6 twin turbo engine that provides 300 hp of motive power. Last, but not the least, the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 comes equipped with a version of the 3.0-liter V6 twin turbo engine that is tuned to develop a max output of 400 hp.

The new Infiniti Q50 2.0t, Q50 3.0t, and Q50 Red Sport 400 were launched at the prominent auto show together with the QX30 premium active crossover and the 2016 QX60 crossover, marking the first time the models have appeared altogether.

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You may already have heard that Sebastian Vettel will be the new driver of Scuderia Ferrari F1 team as the German was contracted until the end if 2017. The four-time Formula 1 World Champion is one of the most successful F1 drivers of all time and managed to win the championships in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 with Red Bull Racing.

Still, the German driver will forget the blue colours as now it will need to get used to his new team. Sebastian Vettel made its first track debut as Scuderia Ferrari’s driver and lapped the Fiorano racetrack in the F2012 car.

For those who don’t know, Sebastian Vettel will replace Fernand Alonso and will race against his teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who signed a two-year contract with Ferrari back in 2014.

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A non-profit team will be competing in the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in 2015. Support Our Paras Racing will enter two Infiniti Q50s provided by premium carmaker Infiniti. The team – which will banner the name “Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing” – is aiming to raise awareness and funds for Support Our Paras, which is the official charity of The Parachute Regiment.

This new team also has an ultimate long-term goal of developing, training and ensuring that an injured Paratrooper could graduate through the racing ranks and drive an Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing car in the future.

Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing is overseen by Team Principal Derek Palmer and will be made up of injured Paratroopers who will prepare and maintain the two NGTC Infiniti Q50 race cars for races during the 2015 BTCC season.

Read the entire article Infiniti announces its 2015 BTCC debut with the Q50 race cars and Support Our Paras Racing

Infiniti officially announced that its new Q50L a.k.a. the long-wheelbase version of the Q50 will make its world debut at the 2014 Chengdu Motor Show (Sichuan province). According to Infiniti, the new Q50L will be available in Comfort, Elegant, Sports, Luxury and Luxury Sports trims and the first deliveries will start in November.

As expected, the Q50L is dedicated to the Chinese market and will be offered exclusively there as Infiniti plans to turn the market in its second volume hub globally. Featuring a wheelsbase that was stretched to 2898 mm (114.1 inch), the Q50L has a length of 4852 mm (191.0 inch) and promises more legroom for the rear passengers.

Under the hood, we will find a turbocharged 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder petrol engine that generates 211 hp and 350 Nm of torque, bolted to a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode.

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The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Prototype will make its dynamic public debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, taking place from 27–29 June. The car will be driven by Christian Horner, Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team Principal and Sebastian Buemi, Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Test & Reserve Driver.

As you may know already, the company is currently studying feasibility for the car and recently, Infinti President Johan de Nysschen said that the car could cost as much as $100,000.

For those who don’t know, the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Prototype is powered by the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine found on the Nissan GT-R, that delivers 568 hp and can push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than four seconds.

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The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept made quite a buzz and the company looks determined to build a this new sports sedan. According to Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen, a production version of the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept will cost around $100,000 and will be sold in low volume, between 250-500 units a year.

The new Infiniti will not be a rival for the BMW M3, as it is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 that develops 560 hp. This is the same engine used by the Nissan GT-R, bolted to a seven-speed transmission which delivers the power to the road via an all-wheel drive system.

Infiniti predicted that the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (62 mph) in less than four seconds, while top speed will be close to 180 mph or 290 km/h.

Read the entire article Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge could arrive with a $100,000 price tag

Infiniti revealed that tomorrow it will be presenting two models, both of which have those striking new faces. These two have been designed to have a “good and evil” pairing with the objective of being able to seduce while also shock. The two models are the Infiniti Q50 and the QX70. Both of them are first one-off models that resulted from the creative partnership of two exceptionally premium brands. Specifically, this is the well-known leather and furniture specialist of Italy, Poltrona Frau, and the luxury performance automaker Infiniti.

According to Shiro Nakamura, who is the Chief Creative Officer of Infiniti, the project was a great chance for two luxury and premium brands to be able to work together. This particular project, he added, began in a natural manner and is mainly founded on the respect and admiration each brand had with their respective vision and spirit.

The design team at Infiniti was inspired by the modernity displayed by Poltrona Frau, he continued, as well as the awe-inspiring craftsmanship and the excellent historic heritage. Nakamura continued by saying that with the two brands having a common goal, it was important that the result would be exhibited as pure artwork. In addition, it needed to be shown at a special event as part of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano.

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If you liked the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept we have great news for new: the Japanese carmaker has just announced what engine is powering the red rocket! Ready? The new Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept will be powered by a 3799cc, V6 gasoline engine, making this vehicle the most powerful and exciting Infiniti model to date.

This 24-valve, twin-turbocharged engine, complemented by a full-time all-wheel drive system, features a 50/50 front-to-rear torque split.

With this engine, the Q50 Eau Rouge is expected to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds and achieve a top speed of nearly 180mph – placing the powerful concept among the world’s premium super-sports sedans.

Read the entire article Beating heart of Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is a twin-turbo V6 Nissan GT-R engine

Unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show, the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is essentially a design study that personifies the premium carmaker’s vision of a high-performance Q50 premium sports sedan. As designed, the new Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge fuses the dramatic design cues of the Q50 and the thrilling spirit of Formula One.

Infiniti designed the new Q50 Eau Rouge to convey a dynamic presence on the road, as made possible by lower and wider dimensions as well as by its aerodynamic carbon fiber body. Taking inspiration from aerodynamics, muscularity and refinement, the new Q50 Eau Rouge strongly exudes a powerful intent on the road.

Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company Limited, remarked that should the carmaker build the Q50 Eau Rouge, this car would have a power rating of more 500 hp of output and 600 lb.-ft. of torque. He quipped that thanks to various alliance partners, Infiniti was able to gain access to engines that meet this performance requirement. The engine that would power the Q50 Eau Rouge should be engineered to exhibit Infiniti character and should be able to fit into the engine bay of the Q50. He added that the engine being evaluated for the Q50 Eau Rouge is a V-cylinder engine with forced induction.

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Infiniti revealed a new image with its Q50 Eau Rouge Concept that will make its world debut later this month at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. For those who still don’t know, the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept is a high-performance sedan based on the Q50 and draws inspiration for aerodynamic design from the technical collaboration between Infiniti and four-time Formula One World Champions Infiniti Red Bull Racing.

As you can see from the photos, the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept comes with redesigned components made from carbon fiber, it is lower and wider, while the roof and door profiles remain unchanged.

According to Infiniti, the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept features a new carbon fiber front lip splitter, rear air diffuser and side sills, carbon fiber roof as well as door mirror casings, a dual-exit exhaust sports system below a large integrated rear spoiler and a new set of 21-inch lightweight wheels.

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Infiniti is recalling a number of 2014 Q50 sedans over a software glitch in its steer-by-wire system. According to Infiniti, 23 vehicles are affected by the recall. The recall covers Q50 sedans fitted with direct adaptive steering software that could disable the power steering software when its engine compartment reaches freezing temperatures, Nissan told the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

While a mechanical backup system that prevents steering failure kicks in via a clutch if the direct adaptive steering fails, NHTSA said the backup may not engage in time if the direct adaptive steering fails, thereby increasing the risk of a crash. Owners of the 23 Q50s have received instructions to have their cars towed to the nearest Infiniti dealership.

Q50 features an innovative steer-by-wire system that Infiniti spent ten years developing. It is the only steer-by-wire system available in a passenger car in the US.  The steer-by-wire system is designed in a way that steering and the front wheels would have any actual physical connection. Instead, the Q50 employs a computer and a steering angle-actuator to direct the front wheels.

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At the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti will reveal a Formula One inspired concept car based on the Q50 premium sports sedan. Dubbed Q50 Eau Rouge, the car is named after the famous corner at the Formula One track in Spa-Francorchamps. For those who don’t know, this corner requires extraordinary strength, courage and commitment.

The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept promises to blend road car technology and a thoroughbred motorsport vision.

As you can see from the photos, the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept comes with aerodynamic styling and design elements influenced by the world of Formula 1 and by the partnership with Formula One world championship-winning team Infiniti Red Bull Racing.

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Current World Champion Sebastian Vettel wore a specially designed helmet on at the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vettel personally selected the design from almost 1,500 entries from across the world as part of a design contest by Infiniti across its InfinitiGP social media channels. Infiniti invited fans to illustrate Sebastian’s passion and performance in their works of art. Vettel chose the design by Jake Vite Prekop, 21, a Mexican student.

“Cars have always played an important part of my life since it is my family’s main business,” Prekop remarked. He said that he knows that Vettel "always wears the most exotic and well-designed helmets," so he combined the colors of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, the German flag and included "the element of speed and the heat of the track in the design.“

The student added he is honored that Vettel has chosen his design and will wear it during the GP weekend. As part of the prize, Prekop and a companion were flown to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. They will spend the weekend in Paddock Club and will get a tour of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing garage and meet Vettel in person. [source: Infiniti]

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Sebastian Vettel took a very convincing win in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he got the lead in all laps and completed the race 30 seconds ahead of his team mate Mark Webber. This is the seventh consecutive win for the 2013 world champion. This is the third time that this team took the first two spots for this season. It’s also the 50th victory for the Renault RS27 engine.

Coming in at fourth place is Lotus F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean, which means that there are three Renault-powered cars in the top four. At the start, Poleman Webber lost out to Vettel and Rosberg. This permitted Vettel to get a wide lead throughout the entire race. On lap 20, Webber was able to overtake Rosberg.

This meant that the Red Bull team was able to achieve a significant lead. At this point, Williams F1 Team was on the brink of entering the top ten. Taking 11th place is Pastor Maldonado, who crossed the finish line less than 3secs behind Adrian Sutil who came in at No. 10. Earlier in the race, Valtteri Bottas was in the top 10. However, he ended up in 15th place.

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A business version of the new Infiniti Q50 will also be available when the vehicle goes on sale starting next month. This version, dubbed as the ‘Executive’, will feature one of the most advanced satellite navigation systems and a highly competitive finance package. It is available as Executive and as Premium Executive.

The Executive model has a starting price of £29,870 and comes with a headline contract hire leasing rate of just £299.99 plus VAT per month (3+35 rentals, non-maintenance, 10,000 miles a year).  The Q50 Premium Executive, meanwhile, boasts of satellite navigation, heated and powered leather seats with memory and I-Key plus many other features.

It carries a tag of £33,470 or with contract hire for just £336.99 per month. Both versions are available in either manual or automatic transmission. The Q50 (manual transmission) boasts of a 114g/km carbon dioxide rating, leading to benefit-in-kind tax bills for drivers.

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