Infiniti Unleashes New Performance Line, G Coupe

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When Lexus rolled out its high-performance F version of the IS sport sedan last year, it entered the world of luxury automaker’s turning basic cars into something more exhilarating. The problem for Lexus is the company had no sporty cars in its arsenal. Today, Infiniti announced its new performance line, IPL – Infiniti Performance Line – but unlike Lexus, the brand has one of the more popular sports coupes on the luxury market.

The G Coupe is the obvious choice to be the first Infiniti model to get the IPL treatment. Its 3.7-liter V-6, which every Cars.com editor salivates over, gets “performance tuned” to 348 horsepower up from 330 hp in the G37. There are also a number of additional performance enhancements, which we list below.

What you’ll notice first most likely are the huge 19-inch wheels and low-profile tires. The limited production model also comes in just two colors, the Graphite Shadow paint you see below and Malbec Black above.

While Lexus may continue to struggle with its performance image, the IPL line looks to be a natural extension of what was already drawing Infiniti owners to the brand to begin with.

The 2011 G lineup, including the G37 sedan, coupe and convertible, goes on sale in November. Check out a few more images of the IPL G coupe below.

2011 IPL G Coupe Features and Specs
  • IPL-tuned 3.7-liter DOHC 24-valve VQ37HR V6
  • 348 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm
  • 276 lb-ft torque @ 5,200 rpm
  • IPL-tuned high-flow dual exhaust
  • Close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission with short-throw shifter or 7-speed automatic transmission with solid magnesium paddle shifters
  • IPL-tuned performance suspension with independent front double wishbone / independent rear multi-link, front and rear stabilizer bars
  • 19-inch IPL split 7-spoke graphite-finish wheels (19x8.5” front / 19x9” rear)
  • P225/45R19 front / P245/40R19 rear W-rated Bridgestone Potenza RE50A summer tires
  • 14.7:1 sport-tuned steering gear
  • 4-wheel ventilated disc sport brakes with aluminum-alloy 4-piston opposed front brake calipers / 2-piston opposed rear calipers
  • Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VSLD)
  • IPL aerodynamics with front and rear fascias, side sills and rear spoiler
  • Unique IPL emblem
  • IPL engine cover
  • Red-stitched sport front seats and steering wheel
  • Aluminum pedals and footrest
  • Interior colors: Monaco Red Leather and Graphite Leather
  • Infiniti Studio on Wheels by Bose® premium audio system
  • Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with XM NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information, XM NavWeather™ with Real-Time Weather and 3-day forecast (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Zagat® Restaurant Guide and 9.3GB Music Box® Hard Drive
  • RearView Monitor
  • Rear Sonar System
  • Moonroof
  • Exterior colors: Malbec Black and Graphite Shadow

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By David Thomas | August 12, 2010 | Comments (14)

Comments 

JJ

Not sold on the look, but will have to see it IRL.

jon

looks like a toyota solara. what they should have done is lowered the car

JL

people buy G coupe because they cant afford BMWs...if they cost as much as a bimmer (which i assume this IPL will)...most ppl will just go buy a 335

Doug G

330 bumps up to 348? I'm not saying thats not enough horsepower, but thats kind of a disappointing bump compared to other manufacturers. Unless the cost difference is negligible I'd just stick with the 330....
I was more hoping for something with roots from the GTR/turbo v6.

buddy

wow, you guys actually salivate over a small cubic inch but high output v6. the stats are impressive. this infiniti has 88 more hp than my 2001 f150 with the 5.4l v8, but the f150 has 74 more foot-pounds of torque.

J

JL,

People buy the G coupe because they did their research. A better overall vehicle at a lower price, why bother with the Bimmer?

ermatthe

Yeah, definately needs to be lowered. Looks like its got more ground clearance than a Titan

I actually don't think it looks too bad. I like the way the interior looks in the second shot with the red seats. If I had to choose between this and a BMW I would pick the BMW though.

navsto

As a previous owner of Infinity G35(s) with stick shift and current owner of BMW M3 I think I have fair opinion about this car. I did like my infinity but it is in no way comparison to BMW 3-series. Infinity G37 was able to compete with BMW 330 in 2006 and years before. After that BMW just upped the game and blew infinity out of the water.
I did test drive BMW 335i and G37 but ended up with M3. G37 cannot compare with 335i. One of the things that does not work for Infinity well is weight. G37 is SO heavy. 2006 model and before was ~150 pounds heavier than 330 but had more HP. The version that I owned had superb Brembo brakes that came with the new cars at that time. From 2007 model infinity started cost cutting and lost the race. Brakes on new Infinity (even sport model) are not very good. They overheat easily since the car is heavy. Infinity G37 coupe is 3770 pounds. That is ~210 pounds heavier than BMW 335 with stick. Another thing is weight distribution. Infinity (51.2/48.8) use to be very close f/r to BMW. New G37 series is 54/46 and the car under steer significantly more that old G35.
I was fairly impressed with G37 engine but once you try 335i... no comparison. Torque on BMW is just great. The BMW chassis has better dynamics, it is lighter, and steering is sharper.

I am not sure that Infinity IPL package will do much to compete with BMW. Infinity needs to drop weight, improve brakes, and make steering better. The disconnect between driver and road is so visible compared to BMW 3-series (M3 is class above and cannot compare to G37 on any level).

Wow. This car rocks. I guess price rocks too.

Mike

-navsto
Seriously!?!?!? "Infinity?!?! can you not read or know ANYTHING about cars? it "INFINTI" dummy!!

The car is fantastic both in its' statistics and design. I guess it must be extremely comfortable.

Peter

JL, you're stupid. People buy Infinitis, because they know they will get more power for the dollar, a better interior, superior styling, and more fuel economy.

the inside looks pretty comfy

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