What is it? The IPL G convertible introduced at the LA Auto Show becomes the second offering from the Infiniti Performance Line, joining the IPL G coupe in offering buyers a little more sizzle than Infiniti’s standard models.
Upgrades from the base G convertible include a recalibrated suspension with stiffer springs and stabilizers, trim-specific shock absorbers, quicker steering, and larger four-wheel disc brakes. Under the hood, the IPL G gets a tweaked version of the same 3.7-liter V6 used in the base model, but with an additional 18 hp for a total of 343 hp. A seven-speed automatic is the only transmission available, with paddle shifters for those who prefer to select their own gears.
Inside, the IPL G gets distinctive IPL badging, red stitching on the leather seats and steering wheel, and aluminum trim.
Rounding out the package are a distinct front fascia and other exterior styling bits, along with low-profile tires on 19-inch rims. Buyers can choose from any color they like, as long as it’s white or black.
CR's take: The base Infiniti G is agile, fun to drive, and one of our top-Rated convertibles despite some body shake. The IPL version will likely deliver the performance goods, but its stiffer suspension may not be for everyone.
When will it be available? Spring 2012.