Seeing as Infiniti used last year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance to roll out its performance-focused branding and the new 2011 G37 IPL Coupe, perhaps it's fitting that the company chose this year's show to announce an IPL-tuned convertible will officially join the lineup for the 2013 model year.
"The Infiniti Performance Line pushes the premium performance envelope for buyers seeking a higher level of exclusivity and driving exhilaration, but does so with an Infiniti twist," said Ben Poore, Infiniti Americas vice president, in a prepared statement. "The IPL G Convertible will deliver the goods, just like the current IPL G Coupe does -- but with the added pleasure of open-air motoring."
Although we've yet to see a production-spec car in person, the latest addition to the Infiniti Performance Line range will likely be a splitting image of the G37 IPL concept shown at last year's Paris Motor Show. Predictably, that car was almost the splitting image of the production 2011 G37 IPL coupe, save for the fact it had a folding hardtop roof structure.
If that holds true for the production car, expect the G37 IPL Convertible to receive the same tweaks reserved for its fixed-roof sibling. IPL coupes currently receive a short-throw shifter for manual-transmission cars, tweaked intake and exhaust systems, limited-slip differential, larger 19-inch wheels with stickier rubber, stiffer suspension tuning, upgraded brakes, a unique exterior aero kit, and a revised 3.7-liter capable of delivering 348 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque.
Both delivery timing and pricing will be revealed closer to the car's official debut, which is scheduled for November's Los Angeles auto show. But seeing as the standard G37 convertible runs about more than a base G37 coupe, we wouldn't be too shocked if the G37 IPL convertible carries a similar premium and stickers at close to $57,500.
We'll learn more when we have a chance to see the IPL convertible concept and speak to Infiniti representatives later this morning. Stay tuned to Automobile Magazine for the latest news from Pebble Beach.