By David Thomas on August 11, 2010
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
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David