There have been a few rumors floating around recently concerning Japanese carmaker Infiniti and its desire for a dedicated performance brand, supposedly called Infiniti Performance Line. The division would rival BMW’s M or Mercedes-Benz’s AMG.
Now, it seems that the rumors were right for the most part. The Infiniti Performance Line is real, but isn’t a dedicated sports division. Instead, the IPL badge will appear on specific limited series of sports models, starting off with the IPL G Coupe.
Based on the G37, this new model boasts a revised appearance, with redesigned front and rear fascias, as well as side skirts and a set of 19-inch Graphite wheels. Sports seats were fitted on the inside, as was redesigned trim to match the performance-oriented nature of the special car.
Sadly, you won’t find any big performance boosts, as the IPL G Coupe can output 348 HP with 276 lb-ft of torque. That’s an increase of 18 HP and 6 lb-ft over the stock G37. Handling promises to be improved though, thanks to two new transmissions, a six-speed manual with short-throw shiter or a seven-speed automatic with magnesium paddles. Last but not least, we have a limited slip differential, revised suspensions and an upgraded braking system.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect more details as we approach its launch at the end of the year.
It seems that the ‘hip’ new thing to do when you’re a carmaker is to open up your own line of performance accessories and parts, thus satisfying people who want that extra bit of power from a car.
BMW has its M division, Mercedes-Benz has AMG, heck, even Volkswagen has its new R subsidiary. As such, Infiniti doesn’t want to miss out on this opportunity, and has just filed a trademark for IPL.
What does that mean? Infiniti Performance Line. This name will cover various performance upgrades developed by the Japanese luxury brand and offered for their various models. Such accessories include air filters, cat-back exhaust systems and, most importantly, turbochargers and superchargers.
The new line of performance parts is expected to debut in Pebble Beach in August, so until then you can just dream about the upgrades that will arrive for your Infiniti model.