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Halo performance cars seem like a potential necessity to grow in the competitive luxury market ;)
An Infiniti executive has dropped a few more positive hints that the brand is seriously considering models to rival AMG and BMW M performance cars.

The Q50 Eau Rouge (pictured) attracted plenty of attention following its Geneva debut in 2014, but production expectations appeared to fizzle when boss Johan de Nysschen left to take the helm at Cadillac.

Infiniti's European head, Goupil de Bouille, now suggests the company views halo performance cars as a potential necessity to grow in the highly competitive luxury segment. The question appears to be when, not if, Infiniti will launch a vehicle similar to the Eau Rouge.

"But if you look at what we are doing in F1 then you can see some possibilities," he said, pointing to collaboration with Red Bull and Renault on performance hybrid technology. "That gives an idea of the direction in which we are going in terms of performance and, while no decisions have been taken for road cars, when we are ready to discuss it, there is one opportunity there."

In the meantime, Infiniti is inching closer with its new Red Sport sub-brand. The Q50 Red Sport 400 will be the first offering, positioned not as an AMG-fighter but rather a "mid-performance" sedan. The company is hoping its 400-horsepower twin-turbo V6 and competitive price tag will lure buyers.
 

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the Red Sport 40 brand is going to be crazy its basically a under tuned GTR engine. its going to be pretty intense esp if they make a AMG or M competitor. love kicking some german Ass in a infiniti ahah
 

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With Infinti moving to a more linear platform that allows for multiple vehicles on it, with news of more performance models, we could very well see a performance SUV come to market, maybe QX50 Eau Rouge? It could happen, even more so when you consider the brand is due for a next generation QX50. Timing couldn't be better.
 

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the Red Sport 40 brand is going to be crazy its basically a under tuned GTR engine. its going to be pretty intense esp if they make a AMG or M competitor. love kicking some german Ass in a infiniti ahah
That would be insane ! It's about time they throw a legit competitor into the game though, give them a run for their money ;)
 

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With Infinti moving to a more linear platform that allows for multiple vehicles on it, with news of more performance models, we could very well see a performance SUV come to market, maybe QX50 Eau Rouge? It could happen, even more so when you consider the brand is due for a next generation QX50. Timing couldn't be better.
What kind of competitors do you see a performance version suv from infiniti going up against ?
 

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BMW has an X3 M coming out, that should be one of them. Then you have Porsche with the Macan. Also Mercedes is coming out with a GLC 63 AMG.

 

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That GLC63 is expected to push over 500bhp, Infiniti would really have to produce something special to compete in that range, or end up dropping the actual GTR engine into it.
 
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