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Infiniti is looking to broaden its model range in order to penetrate new vehicle segments. At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the Emerg-E debuted and now the Japanese luxury automaker is considering bringing it to production.
More importantly though, Infiniti is looking to build up its Infiniti Performance Line that made all but a slight whimper instead of a roar, in its debut last year on the G coupe and convertible models. Infiniti Americas Vice President, Ben Poore recently said, “IPL is to us a steppingstone. It’s not an AMG, and it wasn’t intended to be. It’s a place where we’re going to start a subbrand.”
So it appears that Infiniti will be leaning towards a BMW M approach with its IPL subbrand. We’re excited to see where IPL can go, as Infiniti has a great platform of sports cars thanks to its Nissan heritage.
[Source: Automotive News]
After debuting the IPL (Infiniti Performance Line) G Coupe at Pebble Beach, Nissan’s luxury arm has unveiled the IPL G Convertible at the Paris Auto Show. Those eager to get their hands on this more attractive G Coupe will have to wait, however, as it’s technically a concept car. But don’t let the name fool you, Infiniti will most certainly bring this car to market – likely with an announcement just before orders can be placed for the Spring.
Like its coupe counterpart, the IPL G Convertible makes 348-hp from a 3.7-liter V6 and gets a solid list of performance and aesthetic enhancements. Included in that list is a retuned suspension, 19-inch wheels with sport brakes, a performance exhaust and a limited slip differential. Plus there’s a unique aero kit, special IPL badging, an IPL engine cover and unique interior treatments including red leather.
GALLERY: IPL G Convertible Concept Debut in Paris
GALLERY IPL G Convertible Concept
Infiniti‘s long-awaited G Coupe IPL was unveiled today at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. Despite rumors of the car being a competitor to the BMW M3 and Lexus IS-F, the numbers are rather underwhelming; just 348-horsepower was extracted from the cars VQ37HR and just 276 lb-ft of torque, bumps of just 18 horsepower and 6 lb-ft.
While cosmetic features like 19″ wheels and an optional red leather interior are abound, there are also slightly stiffer springs, a limited slip differential and 4-piston front brake calipers. We still can’t help feel that this is a blown opportunity that could have been used to create a world class sports coupe.
Hit the jump for the official press release
Gallery: Infiniti Performance Line G Coupe IPL