In the world of M3s, AMGs, F Series, there’s a lot of thumping V8s. So when you hear V6 in the same category, what do you think? Does it have a huge Turbo? Does it have afterburners that we’re fitted to the Saturn V rocket? The Infiniti IPL G37 Coupe is an interesting car, it’s looks may be pretty but when you put the hammer down this car does not disappoint. The G37 IPL is Infiniti’s first attempt in making a serious performance car without the serious performance car price tag. Starting prices of a M3 is over the $64,000 mark with zero options. The IPL is a different story, for only $5,600 more than the Infiniti G37S with the same options marking that just over $52,000.
Now instead of a large gas guzzling V8 under the hood, the IPL is powered by the same power plant of all other G37s, a V6 Naturally Aspirated engine, but this is tuned up to give you 348 BHP and 276 ft LB of torque. This is about the same as the Nismo 370Z model but since it’s an Infiniti, it’s a lot more refined and the materials inside are just better to live with. The V6 in this car won’t beat an M3 or C63 AMG but this car wasn’t made to beat those cars, this car was made for the people who want a G37 for a few reasons. It’s the classic engine in the front, rear-wheel drive sports car. It handles like a Lotus Elise but less Lotus and did I forget to tell you how unbelievably beautiful this car looks? This car makes you look like a million bucks with spending a fraction of that. The IPL is just a little bit better than a G37S and that feeling of knowing you’re car is better just turns your confidence up to 12.
Now Infiniti can’t just slap the IPL badge and sell it, they have to do some work first. The IPL has a number of tweaks that you won’t find on any other G37… unless it’s an IPL. The G37 as I said before has an engine that is tuned to give more power and torque. The new front fascia is aggressive and mean and it also improves the airflow going into the engine to keep that V6 under taps. The IPL has been lowered and made stiffer in the suspension, 10% in the front and 20% in the back. Side skirts also help in have some more downforce, along with the rear spoiler which I actually like. Also Infiniti is known for doing some underneath trickery work to achieve Zero-Lift and they have worked their magic here! This car is a buttoned up machine and when you press the loud pedal, those huge exhausts will tell the whole town you’re in you mean business. This car sings the lovely song of badass through two channel tunnels. Now those changes all add up to a serious machine. Since Infiniti has fiddled with the suspension, it’s flatter than Kansas through the corners and that makes you go a tiny bit faster the next time. Some cars do that in hope that it will spit you out and you will have an unexpected date with a tree on the side of the road. IPL is different, the faster you go on those semi-slick Potenza tires, the more grip. I’ve driven series 3 formula cars and this thing feels exactly like that! It’s fantastic!
Inside the IPL G Coupe is a much different experience. It’s quiet at highway speeds but the car knows when you want to be sporty or not. When you press the loud pedal, the inside turns into a symphony of raw V6 noise, when you are at highway cruise speed, the engine settles down and gives you 27 miles to the gallon. Infiniti also puts in lipstick-red race bucket seats which holds on to your spleen and insides. The seats we’re a little too big for my 5’5″ stature but that was fine because they we’re comfortable. The steering wheel is stitched with red but other than those two there we’re no other indications that it was an IPL. I sort of like that but I want people to know it’s a good car. They can tell from the outside but what about my passengers? I wanted at least one IPL badge on the dash but I only got the IPL badge on the floor mats.
The IPL is a serious player in the market, it’s not going to beat an M3 or AMG but if you don’t want a spine crushing and wallet breaking ride then the IPL may be the car for you. It’s serious performance without the serious performance price tag and I still can’t get over how good this car looks. I’ve always been a fan of the G cars, I actually own a G35 myself. I’m now considering actually buying one of these, it’s that good!