Going back a while, I was never in love with the Infiniti G35. Then the G37 came out and was much improved, and I got on board with the car and recognized it as much improved. But it was not a love affair, like I experience with some of the cars I drive. I have now found the Infiniti G37 that turned my head-the IPL Coupe.
IPL stands for Infiniti Performance Line and I liken it to what Mercedes has done with AMG. Infiniti has said the G37 coupe is just the first of many modifications to be made to their products. After driving this car, I hope that is true.
The 2011 Infiniti G37 IPL influence starts under the hood with a hopped-up 3.7-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 that pumps 348 horses. This is essentially the engine you get in the NISMO version of the 370Z. The IPL’s engine has 277 lb-ft of torque, it is rear-wheel drive, and it is linked up to a 7-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted with paddles or at the shifter itself.
The exhaust was opened up considerably – back pressure was dropped 30 percent, using bigger dual pipes and a different crossover design. This enabled engineers to recalibrate the engine’s ECU, raising the horsepower peak to 7,400 rpm and the redline to 7,500 rpm (an increase of 500 revs). Fuel and spark maps were changed, allowing for a richer high-rpm fuel mix, yet no internal engine changes were required to make the extra power. Compared to the standard G37 Sport, output climbs by 18 horses.
On the outside, the IPL has a special front and rear aerodynamic air dam and spoiler. You get 19” 7-spoke alloy wheels with a graphite finish that is stunning. The brakes are upgraded, the suspension is performance-tuned and it comes with speed-sensitive steering. As standard, you get high intensity headlamps, front fog lights, and LED taillights.
The most incredible part of the IPL is the interior. My test car is a beautiful very metallic black on the exterior, but the IPL interior is called Monaco red. Make no mistake, it is VERY red and grabs your attention the moment you open the door. The seats have red stitching as does the steering wheel.
The suspension of this car is tight and the ride borders on harsh for me, but the combination gives you a real sports car feel. Handling is terrific and there is virtually no lean in this car, even under heavy acceleration in a tight curve.
This car comes with everything you can want as standard equipment. The Infiniti navigation system has always been one of my favorites. It has a terrific Bose 11-speaker stereo system with a Music Box hard drive. You get Bluetooth connectivity, a power sliding moonroof, dual-zone heating and air conditioning, and backup camera. Virtually everything you can imagine comes on the car at no charge.
For those of you who have been reading my reviews for years, you know how much I love the Audi A5 and S5. I think I have my new favorite sport coupe. The IPL G37 is really something special.
What I liked most: The interior and exterior of the IPL.
What I would change if I could: Just slightly more head room.
MSRP as tested: $51,95.
Fuel Economy: 19 city/27 highway, but I’ve had too much fun to check that.
IPL G coupe in a few words: AWESOME. My new favorite sports coupe.