Aiming to deliver "a new level of premium performance" for owners who seek a bit more individualization as well as an extra measure of pure capability in their vehicles, Infiniti today revealed the first of its "IPL" (Infiniti Performance Line) offerings at the 60th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Fitted with a more potent 348-horsepower version of the 3.7-liter V6 used in the standard Infiniti G37 Coupe plus a host of dedicated visual and functional upgrades, it expands the scope of Infiniti's marketing ambitions into new and most-promising territory.

More sinister style

Available in Graphite Shadow or Malbec Black, the 2011 Infiniti IPL G Coupe gets a subtle but effective range of dedicated cosmetic enhancements that include more aggressively contoured front/rear fascias, side sills, a rear spoiler and chrome exhaust finishers. The unique wheel/tire fitment matches 19-inch IPL split 7-spoke graphite-finish wheels and low-profile W-rated Bridgestone Potenza RE50A performance tires.

Inside, the 2011 Infiniti IPL G Coupe cabin appointments include red leather covered front sport seats and steering wheel, Silk Obi aluminum accent trim, and aluminum pedals and footrest. Its even more-expansive standard feature list includes Other standard interior features include premium touches like the Infiniti Studio on Wheels by Bose premium audio system, Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive, a RearView Monitor and Rear Sonar plus a moonroof.

Exhilaration on demand

Infiniti made changes to both the engine management and exhaust systems on the 2011 IPL G Coupe to bump its pony count from 330 to 348 and raise peak torque from 270 to 276 lb-ft. In addition to yielding a more linear output curve, a 30-percent reduction in back pressure contributes to an even more visceral sound under full-throttle acceleration. Buyers can choose to pair it with either a standard six-speed close-ratio manual transmission or optional seven-speed, paddle-shifted automatic. In addition to adding stickier rubber, the IPL treatment also includes a comprehensive suspension revamp that brings stiffer front/rear spring rates, revamped shock tuning, sport-tuned steering, a Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD) and upgraded anti-lock brakes.

Pricing for the new 2011 Infiniti IPL G Coupe will be announced closer to its on-sale date in December.

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