Will the next Nissan GT-R spawn an Infiniti super-sedan?

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration concept
Ronan Glon/Digital Trends
The Nissan GR-R-powered Q50 Eau Rouge concept is labeled as a future vehicle on Infiniti’s official website, but the latest reports indicate that the super sedan has been sent to the chopping block for reasons that remain a little bit murky.

Infiniti is still interested in fighting in the same arena as Mercedes-AMG and BMW M, but it has chosen to take a different approach altogether. Australian media outlets are reporting that the company will flex its muscles by offering a four-door version of the next-gen Nissan GT-R.

“Our research has shown that there is a move in high performance car manufacturing toward four-door sedans,” revealed a source close to Nissan.

While the Eau Rouge was basically a Q50 with a massive engine, the yet-unnamed four-door GT-R will launch as a standalone model that will be positioned at the very top of the Infiniti lineup. The sedan is currently being developed alongside the GT-R by a small team made up of engineers and designers from both NISMO (Nissan’s racing arm) and Williams Advanced Engineering. The bulk of the design work is being carried out in Europe and in the United States, where sports cars and racing in general are much more popular than they are in Japan.

Australian website Motoring reports that both the next-gen GT-R and its four-door Infiniti counterpart will be powered by a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain. Details are few and far between, but it will allegedly be built around a detuned version of the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that was found under the hood of the ill-fated GT-R LM Nismo racer that Nissan entered in this year’s edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Infiniti has not commented on the report, so only time will tell how accurate it is. If the rumor materializes, look for the super sedan to land in showrooms in 2018 as a 2019 model.


Driving a prototype 2020 Passat at Volkswagen’s Arizona Proving Ground

Volkswagen’s Arizona Proving Ground is where new cars are tested to the breaking point, including the 2020 Passat midsize sedan. Ride along as the new Passat completes testing ahead of its 2019 launch.

What’s next for in-car entertainment? Audi believes it knows

Audi is bringing two technologies to CES 2019. The first turns a car -- a luxury sedan, in this case -- into a drive-in movie theater. The second is presented as a new entertainment format that turns the journey into the destination.

The redesigned 2020 Passat shows Volkswagen still believes in sedans

The sedan segment in America is shrinking, but Volkswagen still believes in it. The German firm has released a teaser sketch to preview the redesigned 2020 Passat it will introduce during the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.

2020 Toyota Supra caught hiding in a trailer without a shred of camouflage

Toyota's plan to once again lure enthusiasts into showrooms involves bringing back the Supra, one of its most emblematic nameplates. Here's what we know so far about the upcoming coupe, which Toyota is developing jointly with BMW.

These winter-warrior cars will never leave you out in the cold

Snow can be an absolute pain if your vehicle isn't optimized to handle that sort of terrain. If brutal snowstorms are an annual part of your life, we recommend you pick up one of these winter-ready vehicles.

NYC mandates minimum wage for Uber, Lyft, other app-based rideshare drivers

New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission approved a rule that drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft must be paid at least minimum wage, even though they are independent contractors. The new pay rate includes operating costs.
Product Review

Boring takes a back seat as 2019 Corolla Hatchback mixes fun with practicality

We drive the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, the latest hatchback to bear the Corolla name. As the best-selling nameplate in automotive history, Toyota has high expectations to meet. This model mostly lives up to the legacy.

LM Industries’ autonomous shuttles head to Phoenix, Sacramento campuses

LM Industries will deploy Olli low-speed autonomous shuttles at school campuses in Arizona and California as part of its ongoing "fleet challenge," which asks local groups to propose uses for autonomous vehicles.

Bosch’s CES-bound shuttle concept takes us on a trip to a not-too-distant future

Bosch envisions a future in which driverless shuttles occupy their own market segment. The German firm won't build the shuttles, but it wants to provide everything else, ranging from the drive system to the apps used to hail them.
Emerging Tech

A lidar-equipped truck knows exactly how much de-icer to apply on roads

Lidar is best known as the laser-based technology that helps self-driving cars sense their surroundings. But the city of Knoxville has another, more seasonal use for it: De-icing roads.

Hertz speeds up car rentals with biometric scan technology

Biometric security technology that uses face, fingerprint, and voice recognition is gaining traction, with Hertz emerging as the latest company to incorporate it into its daily operations.
Product Review

Inside Maserati's Levante SUV beats the heart of a Ferrari

Maserati’s luxury SUV gets a shot in the arm by way of Ferrari-derived V8 power, but is it enough to go toe-to-toe with the established players in the high performance sport-utility segment? Let’s find out.

McLaren puts the pedal to the metal in special-edition OnePlus 6T

The OnePlus 6T is yet another flagship killer smartphone, bringing powerful specifications to a much lower price than the competition. Now, OnePlus has teamed up with McLaren for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition.

Aston Martin’s 1,000-hp Valkyrie will boast the Mona Lisa of the engine world

Aston Martin has released new details about its F1-inspired Valkyrie hypercar. Co-developed with Red Bull Racing, the Valkyrie will be one of the most aerodynamic production cars ever made.