2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible
2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible. Click image to enlarge

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Los Angeles, California – Infiniti unveiled the 2013 Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) G Convertible at the recent Los Angeles International Auto Show. Set to go on sale in Spring 2012, the IPL G Convertible joins the IPL G Coupe, which was introduced last year.

IPL’s product design philosophy focuses on “total vehicle performance,” including unique driving attributes and exclusive exterior and interior features. The new IPL G Convertible features special aerodynamic styling pieces, a performance tuned IPL V6, exhaust and suspension, 19-inch IPL aluminum-alloy wheels, and unique leather-appointed interior.

2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible
2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible. Click image to enlarge

“The Infiniti Performance Line, as demonstrated by our first offering, the IPL G Coupe, challenges the concept of ultra-high cost sports series. IPL pushes the premium performance envelope for buyers seeking a higher level of exclusivity and driving exhilaration, but does so with an Infiniti twist,” said Wendy Durward, Director of Infiniti Canada. “With its retractable hardtop that is designed to look as good with the top up as down, it’s a terrific addition to the Infiniti Performance Line.”

Based on the Infiniti G37 Convertible, the IPL G Convertible features an advanced VQ37VHR 3.7-litre V6. The engine management system has been recalibrated through air-fuel mixture and ignition timing optimization, raising the maximum horsepower output point to 7,400 rpm. The IPL-tuned high-flow exhaust is a full dual exhaust design with independent left and right large diameter pipes. The result is a 30 per cent reduction in exhaust pressure versus a base G Convertible’s Y-pipe exhaust system design.

2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible
2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible. Click image to enlarge

With a freer flowing exhaust and revised engine management parameters, the IPL G Convertible generates 343 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque – an increase of 18 horsepower and 6 lb.-ft. of torque over non-IPL models.

The engine is matched to an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission with Downshift Rev Matching and quick-shift Drive Sport mode with magnesium paddle shifters and Adaptive Shift Control.

Revised suspension tuning and damping also enhance the IPL G Convertible’s on-road performance with a view to providing confident handling, a flat ride and smooth ride comfort. Front spring rates have been increased 14 per cent over the G Convertible Sport model and rear spring rates increased four per cent. Front stabilizer spring rates have been increased six per cent over the G Convertible Sport model and rear stabilizer spring rates increased 125 per cent. Shock tuning has also been adjusted and incorporates an all-new HF-type shock.

The IPL G Convertible also offers a sport-tuned steering gear and large four-wheel sport brakes (14-inch front, 13.8-inch rear) with aluminum-alloy opposed calipers (four-piston front/two-piston rear).

2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible
2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible. Click image to enlarge

The IPL G Convertible’s unique exterior includes a unique front bumper and fascia design with integrated fog lights and black finishers, sculpted side sills and round chrome exhaust tips. Combined with exclusive 19-inch IPL split 7-spoke graphite-finish wheels and low-profile W-rated Bridgestone Potenza RE050A performance tires, the IPL G Convertible displays a road-ready attitude. The IPL G Convertible is offered in just two exterior colours: Aspen Pearl and Malbec Black.

The IPL G Convertible interior features two colour treatments – Stone and IPL-exclusive Monaco Red. All IPL G Convertible interiors include red-stitched leather-appointed climate-controlled front sport seats with embroidered IPL logos, manual thigh extension and driver’s power torso and thigh support adjustment, red-stitched steering wheel, Silk Obi aluminum trim, IPL embroidered front floor mats, and aluminum trimmed pedals and footrest.

Other standard IPL G Convertible interior features include a 13-speaker Bose Open Air Sound System, optimized for both top positions, with AudioPilot 2.0 noise compensation technology and front seat headrest speakers, adaptive dual zone climate control that automatically adjusts fan speed and air volume based on top position, navigation system with voice recognition and available XM satellite real-time traffic information, Bluetooth streaming audio and Bluetooth hands-free phone system.

2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible
2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Convertible. Click image to enlarge

Technological and convenience features include standard Infiniti Intelligent Key with push button ignition, remote keyless entry, power tilt and telescoping steering column with increased travel, illuminated glove compartment and automatic temperature control. Also standard is XM satellite radio and rear sonar back-up sensors.

An Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor is standard, along with door-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags, front-seat mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and front seat active head restraints. The rear seat includes fixed head rests with rear pop-up roll bars. The G Convertible also features reinforced front side members, front pillars and body sills.

The 2013 IPL G Coupe will be offered in one fully equipped model. There are no options. Based on the price premium for the IPL G Coupe over the G Coupe Sport, expect a price in the upper $60K range.

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