Infiniti IPL G Cabrio Concept (2010) first pictures

Published: 28 September 2010

This is the Infiniti IPL G Cabrio Concept, a show car that will be unveiled at the 2010 Paris motor show. IPL stands for Infiniti Performance Line, it’s the Japanese car company’s answer to M Sport and S-line, and this concept is designed to test the water in Europe ahead of a potential launch for the kits on this side of the Atlantic.

Haven’t we seen an Infiniti Performance Line product before?

Yes we have. Just a few months ago Infiniti launched its IPL brand at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The car on display there was a tweaked and tuned G37 Coupe – the first IPL car – and this G Cabrio has much of the same kit.

A sports exhaust has boosted the 3.7-litre V6 from 316bhp at 7000rpm to 333bhp at 7400rpm, while the torque output is up from 265 to 276lb ft. There’s the same 19-inch wheels too, plus lowered and stiffened suspension, a bootlid spoiler, new side sills, and a revised front end. The Infiniti Performance Line G Cabrio Concept has also been de-restricted so it’ll get close to 170mph, while the doors and dash are adorned with kacchu, an interior trim apparently inspired by samurai armour.

Infiniti Performance Line products are currently only sold in North America, but the company says a decision on launching IPL in Europe will be made after reaction to the car at the Paris motor show has been taken into consideration.

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By Ben Pulman

CAR's editor-at-large, co-ordinator, tallboy