One thing that all luxury car companies seem to have are performance oriented divisions that signify their sporty cars. BMW has the M-division, Mercedes-Benz has AMG, even Lexus has their F-line in the IS-F. So it’s no surprise that Nissan is giving their luxury division their own, called “Infiniti Performance Line” or IPL.
Their first car that gets the IPL treatment will be the 3-series fighting G-Coupe. The basic coupe already comes with a powerful 3.7L V-6, great handling, and a price point that makes it competitive with the BMWS, but there is always room for improvement.
Power gets bumped up to 348 hp (an increase of18hp) and 276 lb-ft of torque (a gain of 6 lb-fts ) thanks to a new computer calibration and a new tuned exhaust that reduces back-pressure by 30%. The suspension has been tweaked with a spring-rate increase, 20% stiffer for the front and 10% stiffer in the back, and a new shock-absorber setting. Rounding off the performance pieces included the aluminum caliper brakes and a viscous limited slip differential in the back.
2011 Infiniti G37 Coupe IPLEnlarge Photo
The IPL G-Coupe also comes with many standard equipment that is optional on other trim levels . The equipment includes “Infiniti Studio on Wheels by Bose® premium audio system, Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, 9.3GB Music Box® Hard Drive, Infiniti Voice Recognition for audio navigation, memory system for driver’s seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors, RearView Monitor, Rear Sonar and moonroof.”
So the car is less M3 and more S-line A4, which is a bit of a disappointment. Then again, Nissan does have the GT-R, which is already the supercar bargain of the century.