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Infiniti’s Q50 Eau Rouge concept – just as we suspected – is a $75,000, 4-door GT-R

Infiniti has always been an underdog in the luxury car market. As Nissan’s luxury brand, Infiniti has always been overshadowed by European luxury manufacturers and homeland big-kid-on-the-block Lexus.

The brand found a small break in the G series that delivered a sporty image but never got an insane performance variant, like that of BMW’s M or Mercedes’ AMG models. The Q50 Eau Rouge, although a concept, is Infiniti’s crack at the luxury hyper-performance market … oh, and it has a GT-R engine.

Differentiating itself from Godzilla, the Eau Rogue’s 3.6-liter GT-R V6 engine is controlled by an Infiniti Performance ECU. The beastly six-cylinder puts out 560 horsepower and 443 pound-feet. The concept uses the Infiniti four-wheel drive system found in the new QX70, featuring a 50/50 torque split.

The Eau Rogue concept routes all of its 560 ponies through a seven-speed automatic transmission that aids a 0 to 60 time of less than 4.0 seconds. Top speed for the Eau Rouge is said to be 180 mph.

The concept also boasts several other upgrades, including behemoth brakes, 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a carbon fiber front bumper, and an ultra-fancy carbon rear bumper with LED brake lights inspired by the Red Bull Formula 1 car.

Even though the Q50 Eau Rogue is only a concept at the moment, Infiniti is clearly attempting to prove it can run with the Euro luxury brands and produce a legitimate sports car model. Pricing for a production version is expected to be around $75,000, which I think is a steal considering the GT-R is over $90k.

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Liberace, your racecar is ready: Lexus unveils sparkly RC F GT3 racecar concept
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The RC F GT3 makes my salivary glands absolutely overactive. Lexus has done it again by taking an already awesome coupe and turning it into a GT3 breadwinner. Even if it doesn’t ever go from concept to racecar, I will still drool over its outstanding looks.
The simplistic yet tactful purpose of the RC F GT3 concept is also embodied in classic formula for speed: power to weight. The light Lexus weighs in at a mere 2,755.8 pounds, while the base RC F’s V8 engine is re-tuned to produce a solid 540 horsepower.
This GT racer has features you’d expect from a racecar, including a tuned engine stolen from the ‘base’ RC F model. But what comes as a surprise, is the GT3’s looks.
Automotive purists all know that, to perfectly show off the true shape of a car, you have to paint it in white.. And in white, you can see Lexus is hiding nothing but pure bliss in the body of this beast.
To add flair, what can only be described as multi-chromatic vinyl, is used to give the RC F a unique  twist. The vinyl swirls around the racecar provide a cool approach that inspires a futuristic, fast feeling.
Vehicle testing will start this year, so plan to look for the RC GT3 on track in 2015.
Who else wants to see this blasting around the Nurburgring or Laguna Seca? Reply in the comments below.

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Maserati’s GT concept, to take on the Jaguar F-TYPE, will feature a fire-breathing Ferrari V8

2014 is a big year for Maserati, as it gets to blow 100 candles out on its birthday cake. In order to celebrate the occasion, the luxury Italian sports car brand is set to reveal a new GT concept model at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next week.
According to GT Spirit, Maserati boss Harald Wester set his sights on the Jaguar F-TYPE and the Porsche 911. So that’s exactly what the GT will target.
Engine options for the awaited concept could include the same options found in the Quattroporte sedan, namely the new V6 or 3.8-liter V8 with twin turbochargers and direct injection that produces 523 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Impressively, that very same V8 powers the all-new Ferrari California T.
Maserati’s new GT concept shows that automakers are taking a great interest in the small luxury sports car market. We fully support this new focus, as it allows more drivers a chance to put a sporty luxury coupe in their driveway without enduring the price tag of a GranTurismo or Jaguar XK.
Although the reveal at Geneva will only be a concept, there’s no better year to release a new Maserati than on its 100-year anniversary.
In addition to the concept unveil, the Maserati booth in Geneva will also include the Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zenga Limited Edition, which is reason enough alone to make the pilgrimage to Switzerland in March.

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McLaren’s staggering 650S goes 0 to 60 faster than you can pronounce MP4-12C
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McLaren just unveiled the performance figures for its latest supercar, the 650S. And, with your heart rate in mind, I’ll skip directly to the facts.
Powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8, much like the MP4-12C, the 650S makes 641 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. This will push the 650S to 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds, to 124 mph from null in 8.4 seconds, through a quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds, and onto a top speed of 207 mph.
To put this in perspective, I think McLaren said it best in its press release: “This performance puts the latest model from McLaren a full second quicker than the iconic McLaren F1 road car to 200 km/h, and 0.6 sec faster over the standing quarter mile, underlining its performance focus. This represents a sprint time to 200 km/h more than half a second quicker than the rapid 12C.”
McLaren is quick to call out its competition saying that similar performance from other supercars is only found in the stripped-out racing versions, while the 650S offers a rather refined cabin. “The cabin is trimmed in Alcantara. Enhanced levels of optional specification are also offered, including fixed-back carbon racing seats, based on the lightweight design found in the McLaren P1, an electric steering column adjustment assists ingress and egress, a rear parking camera and extended carbon fibre [sic] throughout the interior.”
It’s not all Alcantara, carbon fiber, and raw power, though. The 650S also achieves 24.2 mpg on the European drive cycle. So it’s stunning, comfortable, incredibly fast, and easy on owners at the gas pump. Imagine that.
I don’t know about you, but I am in deep awe and love with the 650S. Not only is its name far better than the unfortunately named MP4-12C, it’s also faster and better looking. And I haven’t even gotten to, well, not the best bit, but a good bit: the 650S will be offered from the get-go in Coupe and Spider drop-top variants.
So there we have it. The Mclaren 650S appears to be a car that is fast enough for you to cancel your Cialis prescription, comfortable enough for a cruise across Europe, and handsome enough that people might not notice the pale, wrinkled old man behind the wheel.

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