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Build It Faster: Infiniti Confirms FX50 Sebastian Vettel Edition for Production

Ben TimminsOct 11, 2011
Sebastian Vettel has clinched the Formula 1 championship, and now there's a new way to celebrate it on the school run: the Infiniti FX50 Sebastian Vettel edition, which will finally become a production model.
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The FX50 Sebastian Vettel edition was, as the name suggests, a joint project between Red Bull Racing driver (and recent F1 world champion) Sebastian Vettel and Infiniti. The car started as an FX50 but received a number of subtle modifications to appease the driver's tastes. But, according to a recent post on Infiniti's European corporate blog, the vehicle is destined to become a reality.
As shown in Frankfurt, the Vettel-ized FX50 incorporated a few significant tweaks to appease the F1 king. In stock form, the 5.0-liter V-8 cranks out 390 hp, but with the help of a new intake and exhaust system and a reflashed ECU, that output was increased to 414 hp. As a result, the crossover could reportedly move from 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds -- 0.2 seconds quicker than a stock FX50 -- and hit a top speed of 186 mph. Engineers also worked to reduce the ride height by eight-tenths of an inch, while a F1-inspired front splitter and side sills reportedly help keep the crossover planted at high speeds.
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No details have been released for the finished product, but we wouldn't be too surprised if the production vehicle incorporates many -- if not all -- of these touches.
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While Infiniti's super SUV may retain Vettel's name in its formal title, there's a chance it could also wear the Infiniti Performance Line emblem -- something previously reserved for a pair of slightly sportier G37 models. Andy Palmer, Infiniti executive vice president, suggested the vehicle is "kind of a pilot for IPL."
"It's about being able to do our equivalent of AMG or M-series and we wanted to test the organization and [see if] can the organization cope with these types of special versions," he said.
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Pricing or U.S. availability of the FX50 Vettel haven't been announced yet, but expect the truck to be both quite fast and quite expensive.
Source: Infiniti

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