- 2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible shows the latest from the Infiniti Performance Line.
- Emerg-e concept previews the electrically driven future of the sports car.
- Ride-and-drive gives attendees a chance to try all the latest Infinitis.
While many of the automakers joining the festivities at Pebble Beach Automotive Week can brag of long and storied histories, luxury brand Infiniti has been around for just a couple of decades. But in that relatively short time, Infiniti has earned a reputation for building fine automobiles that offer both elegance and performance. Perhaps keen to show the world and convert drivers still loyal to long-standing bosses like BMW and Mercedes, Infiniti arrives at Pebble Beach with its latest convertible, a pair of futuristic concepts and a ride-and-drive event to put attendees behind the wheel of its latest offerings.
The 2013 IPL G Convertible is the second model in the automaker’s Infinti Performance Line. It combines styling and performance tweaks that differentiate it from the rest of the G line while maintaining what Infiniti says is a “highly attractive price point.” The IPL G Convertible is equipped with a list of features and is not offered with any options. Standard equipment on the retractable hardtop 2+2 is a V6 tuned to 343 horsepower, a 7-speed automatic, 19-inch wheels, red-stitched leather interior, Bose sound and navigation. The front fascia, side sills and round exhaust tips are unique to the $60,600 IPL Convertible.
Each of the two electric-propulsion concept cars that Infiniti brought to Pebble Beach debuted at auto shows earlier this year. The Nissan Leaf-based LE arrived at the New York Auto Show promising to live up to Infiniti’s “inspired performance” motto. The four-door is expected to arrive as a production vehicle in 2014. On the sportier side, the Emerg-e concept that first bowed at the Geneva Auto Show is a low, mid-engine two-seater. A small, gasoline engine extends its range, but power to the wheels is delivered exclusively by a pair of electric motors that are capable of combined output of 402 hp.
The public will have to wait for those concepts to reach production, but Pebble Beach attendees can drive all the vehicles in Infiniti’s current lineup in the ride-and-drive program. It provides an opportunity to drive not only the new 2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible, but also the new JX 7-passenger crossover and the M Hybrid luxury sedan.
While others are looking back at the great vehicles of the past, Infiniti is at Pebble Beach finding inspiration for the future.
What it means to you: At Pebble Beach, Infiniti is showing the best of its current lineup as well as concepts that look ahead.