Infiniti has been upping its game at Pebble Beach in recent years, and once again has something unique to share at this year's event. Pebble Beach is the place to make dramatic unveilings, and coming fresh out of the oven are the Infiniti Performance Line and the 2011 Infiniti Performance Line G Coupe.
Since you're reading this on the Web, you're likely keen to the latest automotive products available. Straight off the bat, let's jump into the powertrain department. This new G Coupe does not disappoint those expecting better (re: bigger) numbers from the first offering out of the IPL. The familiar VQ engine hasn't gone anywhere, and Infiniti was kind to massage extra performance out of the normally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6. Tweaks arrive in the guise of a re-tuned air-fuel mixture; revised ignition timing; and a new, true dual exhaust system from headers to mufflers. Power output comes to 348 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque, a bump of 18 horsepower and six pound-feet of torque from the base G Coupe. And if you enjoy the exhaust note of the current G37, brace yourself for the IPL version. Peak horsepower comes at 7400 rpm, 400 revolutions higher than the non-IPL engine. A linear torque curve, maxed out at 5200 rpm, was yet another goal for the performance team, so expect to hear the exhaust sing.
Like the standard G Coupe, both a six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters are available. Both hustle the rear drive wheels to rotate, but the suspension and steering have been modified for a stiffer and more responsive ride. A steering ratio of 14.7:1 is used (16.4:1 is standard) and the front and rear spring rates increase 20 and 10 percent, respectively. Infiniti says the shocks and damping have been adjusted to account for harsher vibrations. After all, this IPL G Coupe doesn't want to stray too far from the "premium" side of the G Coupe equation.
On the visual side, Infiniti found it appropriate to mix business with pleasure. The higher-output V-6 will appeal to gearheads, and G aficionados appreciative of its styling will be pleased with the sportier aerodynamic body package likely inspired by the recent G37 20th Anniversary Edition. The sharpened front fascia gains foglights and the dark, multi-spoke 19-inch wheels mesh well with the two paint colors up for grabs: Graphite Shadow and Malbec Black. The side strakes and rear fascias are striking, and soon, Infiniti fans will be made aware of IPL-specific engine covers and badges.
Open either door to the leather-swathed interior and the 20th Anniversary Edition comes back to mind. The optional Monaco Red theme can be had solely with the black exterior and automatic transmission combination. For those less daring, Graphite-shaded trimmings can be requested. Aluminum accents round out the well-equipped interior, supplemented by top-end features such as a hard-drive-based sound and navigation system, Rear Sonar and RearView Monitor parking assist, and a moonroof.
Eager to get in the driver's seat and sample this G Coupe? It joins dealer lineups in December and Infiniti assures the interior noise levels and fuel economy will be unchanged (17 city/25 highway mpg for manual, 19 city/27 highway mpg for automatic) despite the alterations. What you can expect to change is the price, and we have our betting chips placed on an MSRP north of $50,000. For the cost, however, it's a pretty different G.