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CAR OF THE MONTH November 2011

2012 Infiniti IPL G Coupe Review

Sport-Tuned Performance Coupe

A three-quarter front view of a 2012 Infiniti IPL G Coupe

In short: A sporty, high-performance 4-passenger coupe.


M
ercedes-Benz has AMG, BMW has M, Fiat has Abarth and now Infiniti has IPL — Infinity Performance Line. The need for power and speed appears evident from its commercial success. And as if the Infiniti G37 S was not fast enough and able to get you in trouble with the law, here comes this 348-horsepower street racer. Our gorgeous Malbec black tester with a red leather interior loaded with electronics and an über-premium Bose sound system peaked at $51,000. You get four seats, but none of your friends or children who have to sit in the back will like you very much. This Darth Vader look-alike with its air dam is best suited for the eternal bachelor. Trunk space is okay, but nothing tall will fit in there.

An interior view of the 2012 Infiniti IPL G Coupe

The 348-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 engine of the Infiniti IPL G Coupe

This vehicle is made for those who like to drive fast. Although it boasts an IPL-tuned performance suspension, you won't regret it as a daily driver. Inside, you will fit snuggly in the cockpit as the car is rather narrow and the large fixed paddles will let you select any of the seven gears even as you turn the steering wheel. Gear shifts are very smooth and the ride remains comfortable around town (we earned 16.9 MPG while cruising city streets in our tester)...which is where you'd be using this car.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2012 Infiniti IPL G Coupe

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty; 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty; 7-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty.


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $49,850 / As tested: $51,095

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, rear-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

Engine: 3.7-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6 engine with VVEL (variable valve event and lift system)
Horsepower: 348 hp @ 7,400 rpm
Torque: 276 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed automatic with manual shift mode

Curb weight:
3,769 lbs
Wheelbase: 112.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 185.1/71.8/54.9 in
Turning circle: 36.1 ft

Brakes:
4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS and brake assist
Suspension: independent double-wishbone front with coil springs and stabilizer bar; independent multi-link rear with coil springs and stabilizer bar

Traction: traction control system; vehicle dynamic control

0-60 mph: 5 seconds
Top Speed: 150 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City:
17 mpg
EPA Highway: 27 mpg

Safety:
dual-stage supplemental front airbags with passenger seat occupant detection sensors; roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental airbags; front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags


Likes:
sporty

Dislikes: narrow, cramped cabin; transmission

 

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