Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible

3. IPL-Tuned Engine Sounds Fantastic

It’s hardly news, but Nissan knows how to make a great sounding V6 and this is no exception. Thanks to the special IPL exhaust, the car doesn’t just sound good, it a velvety moan that sings.

Despite that, the car is less of a performer than you might assume. The IPL convertible is responsive and stable in corners, but the suspension is designed to absorb imperfections. This is a cruising car with sporty capability, not the other way around.

In IPL trim, the car is more powerful than the normal G37, but at 343 hp it’s a disappointing 18 more than the cheaper version.

That would be fine were it not for the German competition’s significantly more athletic capability. Even in manual mode, the seven-speed automatic transmission is slow to shift and unsatisfying.

IPL stands for “Infiniti Performance Line,” and while the car certainly isn’t slow, beware of anyone in an Mercedes AMG or M-powered BMW — they’re all going to laugh at you.