Screaming along the twisting, undulating canyon road in Infiniti's IPL G Coupe, we’re smiling broadly and thinking, "Man, Infiniti's really on to something here!"
The initialism “IPL” stands for Infiniti Performance Line, which is the unwieldy moniker Nissan’s premium brand has affixed to the cars it tweaks for higher performance. The idea is to give Infiniti buyers a step up from its Sport models while still slotting in as a more reasonably priced bridge to BMW's M, Cadillac's V, Audi's S, and Mercedes-Benz's AMG cars. Given Infiniti’s cars already offer significant bang for the buck performance-wise, tweaking them potentially adds considerable value to the proposition.
The first car to wear the violet and red IPL logo was the 2011 IPL G Coupe and frankly, the modifications do make a difference. The IPL Coupe handles better, sounds more aggressive, revs more freely, and boasts an additional 18 horsepower — along with six more pound-feet of torque.