Originally introduced as the IPL (Infiniti Performance Line) G Coupe, Infiniti's driver-focused two-door has been rebadged the Q60 IPL Coupe for the latest model year as part of a brand-wide remaining strategy. It continues to serve as a sportier, more performance oriented version of the already athletic Q60 Coupe.
Infiniti says that the IPL vehicles are targeted at buyers who seek greater performance from their luxury vehicles, but who also want to express a greater degree of "individual style." IPL vehicles feature heightened levels of luxury and performance thanks to modifications to the exterior, interior, engine tuning and suspension.
Outside, the IPL treatment means a purposeful front fascia with integrated fog lights and black finishers, a unique rear bumper/fascia and chrome exhaust tips. Keen eyes will also notice deep sides and a decklid spoiler. The exterior is rounded out with the exclusive 19-inch IPL split seven-spoke graphite-finish wheels and low-profile W-rated Bridgestone Potenza RE50A performance tires.
As a special edition, the Q60 IPL Coupe's interior comes in only two colors: Graphite (gray) and Monaco Red (which is only available with the Malbec Black exterior and seven-speed automatic transmission). The interior features red-stitched leather-appointed front sport seats with manual thigh extension and driver's power torso and thigh support adjustment, red-stitched and leather-wrapped steering wheel, Silk Obi aluminum trim and aluminum pedals and footrest.
Infiniti also equips the coupe handsomely with Infiniti Studio on Wheels audio system by Bose, Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, 9.3GB Music Box hard drive, Infiniti Voice Recognition for audio navigation, memory system for driver's seat, RearView Monitor, rear sonar and moonroof.
What Defines the IPL Experience
Infiniti says that the Q60 IPL Coupe's enhanced performance and driving experience comes from three areas of focus - engine tuning, dynamic tuning and sound quality/acceleration feel tuning. The luxury automaker explains that engine performance modifications did not only provide for increased peak horsepower and torque levels, but also for acceleration feel and exhaust sound without compromising fuel economy or noise standards.
The IPL-tuned high-flow exhaust is a true dual exhaust design that features a unique interior design and makes use of materials that allow for maximized reduction in pressure while still creating a uniquely performance-minded exhaust note. Compared to the standard Q60 Coupe's Y-pipe exhaust, the Q60 IPL Coupe enjoys 30 percent less exhaust pressure.
The Q60 IPL Coupe's VQ37HR 3.7-liter V6 engine management system has been re-calibrated through air-fuel mixture and ignition timing optimization, raising the maximum horsepower output point to 7,400 rpm from 7,000 rpm. For an improved acceleration feel, the torque curve from below the peak torque was re-tuned for a more linear feel. As a result of both the exhaust system and engine management changes, the IPL G Coupe generates 348 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque - an increase of 18 horsepower and 6 lb-ft of torque.
Drivers can choose from either a short-throw six-speed manual or a seven-speed paddle-shifter-equipped automatic transmission. Fuel economy is rated at 19/27 mpg for the automatic and 17/25 mpg for the stick.
All Q60 IPL Coupe models come standard with dual front, front side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems.
At this price point, those considering the Q60 IPL Coupe should also check out the Porsche Cayman, which features superb steering and a neutral mid-engine layout, the Audi TT RS, which has a strong turbo five-cylinder and a slick gearbox to its credit, and the BMW 435i Coupe, which boasts a usable backseat and a velvety-smooth turbocharged inline-six.