At the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2015, Infiniti has given definitive confirmation that the insane Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge performance sedan from Geneva 2014 has been scrapped.
The car was originally produced as a rival to the likes of the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 and could have just been the first in a range of high-performance models from the automaker. While speaking with Car Magazine however, Infiniti vice-president Francois Goupil de Bouille revealed that the project had been canned due to costs.
“It was originally presented as a prototype but after we evaluated sales numbers, we realised it was not realistic to produce it. It was just too costly. That was it. It is always a matter of balance of cost versus benefit, and we decided to reign in our costs,” he said.
The concept was driven by the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine from the Nissan GT-R. Mated to that engine was a 7-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels. Infiniti promised that it would be able to reach 100 km/h in under four seconds as well as a top speed approaching 300 km/h.