At last year’s Geneva Motor Show, Infiniti showed us it does indeed have a sense of humor and dropped the powertrain from the 560 horsepower Nissan GT-R into the Infiniti Q50 sedan, creating the Q50 ‘Eau Rouge’. The working test prototype looked ready for the dealership floor, leading some to believe the four-door GT-R was actually going to happen.
That was until Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen shared a rumor he heard about his former employer on his Facebook page. According to him, Infiniti doesn’t have the courage to produce a sports sedan or coupe, and placed most of the blame on Infiniti vice president Noboru Tateishi.
“I heard a rumor that Noboru Tateishi 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.”
As you probably heard, Cadillac recently unveiled the 2016 ATS-V and CTS-V, two exciting, high performance cars intended to appease enthusiasts and get people excited about the brand. de Nysschen was pulling for such performance products while at Infinti, saying the brand deserves the Q50 Eau Rouge, or a product like it, and that the Nissan fans are crying out for it.
“I’m trying to help my old team by provoking,” de Nysshcen said. “They really want, need and deserve that car. But one guy is a bottleneck.”
In de Nysschen’s case, it’s probably good Infiniti has decided to not produce any performance cars, as his all-new V-Series lineup will have less competition when they reach dealerships later this year. But we’re happy to see he’s the kind of guy to give his old team a push when they need it.