Infiniti has added a new, second model to its Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) range for the latest model year, the IPL G Convertible. It joins the IPL G Coupe, which was the first to carry the automaker's performance treatment. Other than the convertible hardtop and all the structure strengthening that entails, the car is mechanically identical to the IPL coupe.
This includes the same 3.7-liter V6 VQ37HR, which makes 348 horsepower and 273lb-ft of torque, or 18 and 6 more, respectively, than non-IPL G two-doors. That added horsepower also peaks at 7,400rpm, or 400 more than in the more pedestrian versions of the car. Unfortunately, the convertible does not offer a six-speed manual as is available in the coupe, instead being offered only with a 7-speed automatic.
The IPL cars also get specially-tuned suspension and sport brakes. It's not likely there will be any options available on the IPL G37 Convertible since the only option buyers had on the coupe was the color and transmission.
Aside from the added power and performance tuning, the IPL treatment includes a unique front fascia that integrates the fog lights and is matched with shaped side skirts and chrome exhaust finishers out back. The rolling stock consists of IPL-styled 19-inch split seven-spoke alloys wrapped in low-profile Bridgestone Potenza RE050A summer tires.
The convertible is available in two body colors: Moonlight White and Malbec Black. The interior can also be spec'd in just two colors: Stone and Monaco Red, the latter of which is exclusive to the IPL-badged cars. Either choice includes red-stitched front seats with a manual thigh extension and a power-adjustable torso and thigh support adjustment. The front seats also get climate control, while their seatbacks and floor mats get an embroidered IPL logo on them. A matching leather steering wheel is stitched in red as well.
There is also Silk Obi aluminum trim throughout, aluminum-trimmed pedals and footrest, and a power tilting and telescoping steering wheel.
The entertainment system is Bose's Open Air system with 13 speakers, mated to Infiniti's 9.3GB hard drive Navigation System. Users can control it via the Infiniti Voice Recognition.
Active and Passive Safety Features
To keep occupants safe, the IPL convertible gets an Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, door-mounted curtain side-impact airbags and dual pop-up rollover bars. The front headrests are active to help prevent whiplash, and the brake pedal assembly is meant to slide away from drivers during a crash.
Active safety systems include traction and stability control systems, along with a tire-pressure monitoring system. The rear view monitor and sonar systems are more of a comfort and convenience feature.
Those looking for a stylish, four-seat hardtop coupe may also look towards BMW's 3-series convertible and Volvo's C70. If a hardtop isn't a necessity, there is always the Audi A5 or S5, and if the two rear seats aren't needed, BMW's Z4 or Mercedes-Benz' SLK may fit the bill.