They say that what's good for the goose is also good for the gander. In line with that thinking, it would also seem appropriate to conclude that what's appropriate for the Infinity Q50, is also madly appropriate for the Q60.
Last week we spoke to Shiro Nakamura, who is the Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer at Nissan. Nakamura-san had a lot of interesting things to say about the direction of the IDx and GT-R. However, one particular quote gave us the tingles:
"The Q50 Eau Rouge is expected to be the first of many of a new Infiniti performance lineup. The Q60 Eau Rouge coupe should be the next logical performance model as well."
So, let's imagine such a vehicle if it were to actually be willed into existence. A Formula One inspired Q60 coupe, which considering the size difference, could be argued to be a bit more F1 than the Q50.
The president of Infiniti has already said that he wouldn't stand for much less than 500 to 600 horsepower coming from the Q50 Eau Rouge, so we naturally assume the would also apply for the Q60. In other words, it would also welcome a modified version of the GTR's 3.8-liter twin turbo, which should provide roughly 560 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque.
The Q60 Eau Rouge would roughly translate to 15 horsepower more than the the current GT-R, but about 20 lb-ft of torque less. However, we also can't forget about its 7-speed gearbox, 0-60 in less than 4-seconds, and top speed of 180 mph. However, would a Q60 Eau Rouge cannabalize GT-R sales? Probably not, as we expect the current GT-R to end its production cycle just as the Q60 Eau Rouge would reach the market. The next-generation Nissan GT-R is rumored to boast an all-new high performance hybrid powertrain that is rumored to be capable of 0-60 mph in 2 seconds flat.
At this point, I would like you to join us as we imagine the photo of the Q60 above with some classy F1 inspired cues, including a sculpted aerodynamics package, and a widened stance. Then turn up your speakers and listen to the beautiful music that could be exiting out its dual exhaust from the video below. Yeah, we want one too.