The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Is An F1-Inspired Car With An Inspired NameS

The Infiniti Q50 comes up short in a few areas. When Patrick drove it, he said it lacked soul, panache, a stick-shift and an analog clock. One thing it wasn't short on was power, but that's an area Infiniti wants to address with the Q50 Eau Rogue that will be shown at next month's Detroit Auto Show.

This is the only shot Infiniti has released so far, but the new LEDs and carbon fiber chin and cheekbones are readily apparent. There are some hood scoops up top, but no idea if they work or what's hiding under the hood. The fastest Q50 now is the hybrid, with a 3.5-liter V6 and electric motor putting out 360 horses.

Cross your fingers for a manual. At this point, how could it hurt?

Infiniti says it's named the Eau Rogue after the famous Spa-Francorchamps Formula One track corner, probably because it's "F1-inspired" in the way most of the company's cars seem to be these days.

We'll see the car for real on January 13.

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