In its 20-year history, Infinitis have transformed from rebadged Nissans into models with their own distinct, unique identity. In comparison to competitors like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, one might say that Infiniti has fallen short in terms of performance figures. Infiniti will introduce the Infiniti Performance Line to give the company a performance boost, and is using its G37 coupe as the first model to wear the duds.
In May, Infiniti released a few vague, brush-stroke images, intimating its planned unveiling at this week’s annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. While many believed it to be a hint at an M coupe, we quickly discovered the automaker would reveal a performance variant of a product already in its portfolio, and the sketch matched up to the sketch of the G Coupe. Now that August has finally rolled around, Infiniti has pulled the covers off the G Coupe, and unveiled its first IPL-branded vehicle.
Powering the 2011 Infiniti IPL G Coupe is the same 3.7-liter V-6 engine found in standard Gs, tuned in this application to produce 348 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque as opposed to the base G37′s 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet. An IPL-tuned, high-flow exhaust helps hot gases exit the rear of the car. Like the stock coupe, transmission options include a close-ratio six-speed manual and a seven-speed automatic. To allow more spirited driving, shocks have been tuned for better response and front and rear spring rates have been increased by 20 and 10 percent respectively. A viscous limited-slip differential helps to keep both rear wheels spinning in harmony.
The most dramatic changes though come in the several styling differences the IPL G Coupe has to offer. Its new front and rear body work are complemented by a new set of side skirts. A set of graphite-finished, 19-inch multi-spoke wheels give the coupe a distinguished look. IPL G Coupes are available in just two exterior colors, Malbec Black and Graphite Shadow, paired with either Monaco red or graphite leather inside. Standard features include a Bose premium sound system, navigation, a rearview monitor and sonar system, and a moonroof.
Infiniti says the IPL G37 coupe, set to arrive at dealer lots this December, is likely just one of the first of many to bear IPL badging. Pricing has yet to be released.
With just 18 more horsepower and an extra 6 pound-feet of torque, how does the IPL stack up against its competitors’ performance? What do you think?