2013 Infiniti G Coupe IPL (3.7L 6-cyl. RWD 6-speed manual)
Driven On 1/5/2011
Full of promise and looking the part, the IPL version of the Infiniti G Coupe is neither a good grand tourer nor a competitive sports car. This pricey middle-of-the-road experiment has some attractive qualities, but it isn't worth the premium over an otherwise decent G37 Coupe.
PerformanceThe IPL version gets an 18-hp bump in horsepower, all the G37's Sport package, plus sticky rubber all around. Yet performance increase (over an already decent performer) is marginal at best.
Strong, linear power all the way up to redline (7,500 rpm) is good enough for a sub-6-second run to 60 mph. The short-throw shifter is appreciated; its heavy action is not.
Very strong, fade-resistant brakes are standard equipment. Pedal is firm with intuitive jump-in.
Some equate heavy steering with a sports car but we feel it unnecessarily diminishes delicacy and feel in the G Coupe.
Most people will find that the handling limits exceed posted speed limits with ease.
Full of promise, the IPL Coupe is not the easiest car to drive. Besides a notably lazy throttle response, its heavy steering and manual shifter distance the driver from this car.
ComfortThe IPL version of Infiniti's G Coupe is more about added performance rather than added comfort. Look elsewhere if comfort is a priority to you.
Leather front seats are very good (heated 8-way power adjustable with side bolsters and manual thigh extensions), but the rear seats are not suited for adults.
The IPL's suspension and 19-in wheels don't so much bottom-out over bumps, but there's no way you'll ever forget you're riding in a car with sport tuning.
Noise comes mostly from the engine, especially during acceleration when the 348 horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 is quite loud, and not in a good way.
InteriorOnce a daring and welcome departure from austere Europeans, the interior of the G is beginning to look dated. The IPL treatment freshens things up a little.
Sound ergonomics go a long way to when it comes to making an interior that works. We happen to like Infiniti's infotainment controller and its piano-key buttons.
Especially for rear passengers, getting in and out of the G Coupe can be a challenge. Long doors make most parking stalls feel like compact stalls.
Coupe-like intimacy up front and claustrophobia in back. Also the relatively high beltline and sloping roof add to the crowded feeling.
Rear parking sensors and a reverse camera can only do so much to alleviate challenged rear sightlines.
Even by coupe standards, the 7.4 cubic-feet of trunk volume is barely adequate. Fold-down rear seats offer some more cargo flexibility.
ValueAt $52,105 (base), the IPL falls squarely in the midst of a group of more talented sport coupes and convertibles. The truth is, it's expensive for what you get -- especially the convertible.
Build Quality (vs. $)
At this price, we expect top-tier materials and build quality. Instead, it just looks/feels like a really nice Nissan -- which it is, really.
There are essentially no choices available on the IPL because all the options are standard. They're not cutting edge like others at its price.
At this price, there are only a handful of coupes from which to choose, unfortunately that includes Audi S5, Chevy Corvette, Camaro ZL1, Shelby GT500, and the Porsche Cayman.
About as fuel efficient as a grand touring car with sports-car intentions ought to be. The EPA rates it at 17 mpg city and 25 highway.
Warranty coverage is competitive, but not outstanding at 4-years/60,000-miles basic, and 6-year/70,000-mile on powertrain.
Initial ownership terms are barely competitive. Scheduled maintenance visits are not included, but there are 4 years/60,000 miles of roadside assistance.
Fun To DriveAfter several trips to the redline, you'll find the handling more rewarding than the acceleration. One thing we wish this car had is the 370Z's automated downshift rev-matching feature on the 6-speed manual.
More of a grand tourer than an outright sports car, but not a very good one of those either.
Much of the IPL's personality comes from its ever-present engine noise. If you don't love it, you might grow to dislike it.