Luxury and performance Japanese automaker Infiniti has finally revealed its already oft rumored collection entitled Infiniti Performance Line.
As you can tell by the name, the vehicles set to be marketed in this collection will boast increased output, as well as special styling features that will make them stand out from the rest of the Infiniti range.
While some already said that the Infiniti Performance Line will rival dedicated performance divisions like the BMW’s M or Mercedes-Benz’s AMG, things aren’t exactly so, as the Japanese company will opt to customize more exterior and interior options than mechanical features.
Still, the Nissan subsidiary emphasizes that it will offer a new level of luxury performance with the IPL-badged models, combining exclusive designs, on the interior and exterior, with great performance, thanks to engine and handling upgrades.
“IPL was conceived to create a new premium performance envelope, going beyond equipment upgrades to accelerate the very soul of Infiniti’s Inspired Performance,” said Infiniti Vice President Ben Poore. “IPL brings all the elements together, styling harmonized with performance, exhaust note with acceleration feel, ride comfort and confident handling. It’s the perfect formula for unmatched driving exhilaration.”
All new IPL models will have special badging, with a unique finish. The first car to get such a treatment is the IPL G Coupe.
First off, the new performance model has been equipped with revised front and rear fascias, as well as revised exterior equipment like side sills, a rear spoiler and 19-inch alloy graphite-finished wheels, wrapped in high performance tires. This special G Coupe will be available with just two colors, Graphite Shadow and Malbec Black.
On the inside, two color treatments are also available, this time Graphite and Monaco Red. The last color is also featured by the stitching on the front sport seats and the steering wheel. Aluminum trim is present on the pedals and the foot rest of the IPL G Coupe.
As usual, the Japanese company piled on the luxury features, including the Bose-branded Infiniti Audio Studio on Wheels sound system. Hard drive-equipped navigation is present, as well as voice recognition for that same system. Last but not least, things like the RearView monitor or the Rear Sonar are available as standard.
Besides Infiniti’s regular luxury features, we’re pretty sure you want to find out just what the IPL G Coupe is capable of in terms of performance. Thankfully, Japanese engineers didn’t waste time on luxury and also focused on power.
This means the IPL G Coupe can now output 348 HP with 276 lb-ft of torque from the same 3.7-liter V6 engine. The unit can be mated to either an optimized six-speed manual gearbox, complete with a short throw shifter, or a seven-speed automatic, with paddle shifters.
Handling has also been improved thanks to a new limited slip differential, which works together with an upgraded suspension and more powerful brakes. A chromed performance exhaust system was also added, for that extra grunt.
Pricing for the Infiniti Performance Line G Coupe has yet to be revealed, but more details are certain to be made available in December, when the powerful model will be available in Infiniti dealerships across the USA. No word on IPL products making their way onto other markets, so the company wants to see how US consumers will react to the hardcore models.