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There has been ongoing talk of an Infiniti using the Nissan GT-R powertrain practically since the moment the Nissan’s flagship sports coupe hit the road. While the rumors have gone back and forth over the years, they have never completely gone away. It seems Infiniti is finally turning an ear to the screams of its most vocal enthusiasts with an updated version of the Q50 Eau Rouge concept boasting a modified version of Godzilla’s engine and all-wheel drive system debuting at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It’s even taking things a step further and granting it a new, seven-speed transmission to replace the Nissan’s six-speed.
The latest evolution of the Eau Rouge packs the same 3.8-liter, twin turbocharged V6 found in the GT-R but with a unique tune of 560 horsepower and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque. That makes it 15 hp more powerful than the standard 2015 GT-R but gives up 20 lb-ft of torque. Power gets to the ground through the GT-R’s all-wheel-drive system. Infiniti predicts that the Eau Rouge would sprint to 60 miles per hour in less than 4 seconds and on to a top speed of 180 mph.
According to Infiniti Communications Senior Manager Kyle Bazemore in an email to Autoblog, the modded GT-R powertrain was not the only choice for the Eau Rouge. It also considered “developing a high-power sports diesel” and hybrid versions with an electric supercharger. However, “this was the clear solution for this concept car,” Bazemore said. Other than the drivetrain, the Eau Rouge in Switzerland is identical to the one shown in Detroit. Sadly, it is not confirmed for production; so we might not be getting the fabled Infiniti GT-R sedan any time soon. Still, we can hope.
In addition to the Eau Rouge, Infiniti is also adding a new entry-level Q50 that is launching first in Europe and China. It is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, petrol four-cylinder with 211 hp and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque and a seven-speed automatic. There is a chance the powerplant could also arrive in US models later as a less expensive, more economical option to the car’s standard V6. Scroll down to read the full press release on both models and listen to the Eau Rouge start up.
The subcompact, four-door hatchback shows off Mazda’s Kodo design language in its smallest size yet. Hazumi means “bound” or “spring up” in Japanese, and it is meant to look like it is packed with energy. It is a very attractive little concept and hopefully points to a more stylish face for the next-generation Mazda2.
Mazda has not unveiled the full details about the concept yet, but in a previous release, it said for the car is using a 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine. While Mazda has not officially said that the Hazumi shows the next Mazda2, it did say in its earlier release that it “points the way to the future” for the brand’s small cars. Reading between the lines isn’t too difficult, then.
Click through the 42-image gallery to get the early scoop on Mazda’s hot, little hatch.
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The final chapter of Volvo’s concept car trilogy has arrived after a few teasers earlier this week, as well as some recently leaked images, and as we so astutely summarized previously, it’s a brown shooting brake. Really, we couldn’t think of a better type of vehicle to follow up the Concept Coupe from the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Concept XC Coupe from the Detroit Auto Show and complete the Swedish trinity of concepts.
It’s best to think of the Concept Estate as the hipper, classier cousin to the Concept Coupe. The two are virtually identical below the beltline, featuring front fascias that are indistinguishable from each other (except one is, you know, brown). Both cars wear wide, rectangular grilles inspired by classic Volvo models and T-shaped headlights Where the Concept Estate differs, obviously, is with its more functional rear end and longer roof.
That rear is accented by the Estate’s wide haunches and slim, angular taillights, which borrow heavily from the units shown on the Concept XC Coupe. These two features work in tandem to present a wide, squat appearance from the rear. The profile, meanwhile, shows off that spacious greenhouse, which is made even airier by a glass roof.
The interior of the Concept Estate is it’s own special piece of design. The highlight is Volvo’s new user interface system, which we’ll be detailing in its own post later on. Aside from that, the materials chosen and the overall layout is simply gorgeous. The lining of the seat backs and headlining is wonderfully funky, and contrasts perfectly with the orange seatbelts, orange carpets and white leather. Naturally aged wood and machined copper accents round out the interior style.
Unfortunately, there’s no mention of what sort of powerplant sits under the Concept Estate’s long, low hood. Here’s hoping it’s the same monster that was promised in the Concept Coupe.
Take a look below for the official press release and a video of the Concept Estate, and then hop up top for a small gallery of images. We’ll have more on the latest concept from Volvo when it makes its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.