Infiniti Planning to Ditch the GT-R-Powered Q50 Eau Rouge?

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This would just totally suck.

It's been a while since we've heard any updates regarding the future of Infiniti's Q50 Eau Rouge concept. More specifically, we've been hoping for an official production announcement and launch date. Neither of those has happened and we're beginning to get a little worried. It'd be a bummer for Infiniti not to do this project. Take the Nissan GT-R's twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 and bolt it into the Infiniti Q50. Voila! A 560-hp BMW M5 killer. It makes total sense, but so far nothing. Nada. Infiniti is obviously stalling. Or has it cancelled the project outright?

The Daily Kanban just found a clue as to what's going on here. In a recent Facebook post, former Infiniti boss, Johan de Nysschen, who's now running Cadillac, said the following: "I heard a rumor that Noboru Tateishi (Nissan VP) is going to cop-out and shelve the Eau Rouge project now that I'm not there to pressure him. Tell any Cadillac or Audi engineer 'build me a 560hp sports sedan' and you have to reign them in. At Infiniti, it seems easier to push water uphill. More enthusiasm for 'driver's aids', apparently, than 'driver's cars', in some quarters, it would seem." It's troubling that the head honchos at Nissan/Infiniti don't see the need for this car. Perhaps that's why people are flocking to BMW, Audi, Mercedes and now Cadillac and not Infiniti showrooms.

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