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2011 Infiniti G37 IPL Review & Test Drive 31
Dec
Posted by Matt Thomas in Automotive, featured, G37, Infiniti, Infiniti G37, Infiniti G37 IPL, LegitLifestyle.com, Test Drives on 12 31st, 2010

New for 2011 is the launch of the Infiniti Performance Line, or IPL.  This is the latest manufacturer-sponsored in-house tuning shop meant to take on models from Lexus’s F-Sport division and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG house.  The first model in the Infiniti lineup to receive the IPL revamp is the 2+2 G37 Coupe.  This IPL model will sit atop the G37 range above the current 6-Speed G37 S and retail for approximately $50,000.

A subtle and flowing body kit makes up the first noticeable additions to the IPL Coupe.  The aero kit features a redesigned front and back facias, sideskirts, and an IPL spoiler.  19” IPL-specific wheels can be found adorning the normal G37 S derived 4-piston brakes on Potenza RE050A summer radials and measuring P225/45R19 front and P245/40R19 rear.

The new IPL badge sits prominently displayed on the back bumper.  In a world of tuning houses that stamp every inch of the car with their performance designation the Infiniti Performance Line has opted for a more restrained and subtle annotation.  There are only two IPL badges on the car; one on the rear bumper and the second is stamped on the cover of the potent 3.7-liter Nismo derived V-6 engine.

The engine, lifted from the Nismo 370Z, has been uprated 18 HP from 330 to 348 hp and 276 lb-ft. of torque.  The VQ37HR is very responsive and has a strong and robust power delivery that never seems to feel constrained or out of breath as it races to its 7,500 rpm redline.  The IPL may get from 0-60 a bit quicker than a standard G37 S but the engine difference really isn’t all that apparent during typical operation.  Only when you let the engine really open up in the top part of its rev-band do you get the sense that this version of the VQ37 really does breath much better than its less-refined stepbrother.

Infiniti has fitted a revised exhaust system that provides a 30% reduction in backpressure and an enhanced engine note.  The IPL edition has been fitted with massive 120mm exhaust tips which, if we’re honest, are a bit much relative to the otherwise understated design queues.  There is no undesirable engine resonance within the cabin below 2,500 rpm and it’s apparent that the IPL team spent a lot of time making sure the exhaust had been tuned correctly to avoid this noise.

The interior is lavishly appointed with navigation, backup camera, your choice of Monaco Red or Graphite black leather and somewhat useable rear seats.  While the rear seats would be unsuitable for anyone other than small children they do make the car more useable and practical for daily use.  The dash is well laid out and simple.  The IPL edition comes with standard aluminum trim throughout the cockpit and unlike some competitors which use plastic or faux metal the IPL’s trim is real aluminum and adds a great deal to the overall look of the interior.

Suspension tuning has been completely revamped by the IPL team.  A G37 IPL has a 20% stiffer spring in the front and a 10% stiffness boost to the rear in addition to a completely revamped and retuned shock valving and dampening setup.  The suspension is firm without being harsh and never feels anything less than composed and stable on the road.  The Infiniti Performance Line engineers tried over 70 combinations of suspension settings before finally settling on the production version.

The transmission is available in either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic with paddle shifters.  While not a double clutch gearbox it does a tidy job of calling up gears on command with little lag.  During our testing we were never able to confuse the transmission or found any undesirable judders or clunks from the drivetrain.  The car comes equipped with a Viscous Limited Slip Differential which will keep all the power doing to the ground in the most efficient way possible.  Driving on wet roads proved to be no problem for the G37 IPL as the LSD kept traction where it needed to be.

It remains to be seen how well the IPL line of performance enhanced cars from Infiniti will be received but we think they have a solid foundation to expand on.  The IPL would serve as an excellent daily driver or commuter vehicle that still has the potency to back itself up when called upon for weekend trips through winding backcountry.

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Specifications:

  • Base Price: $50,000 (Approx.)
  • Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Curb Weight (lbs): 3769
  • City (MPG): 19
  • Hwy (MPG): 27
  • Horsepower: 348@7500
  • Torque (lb-ft): 276@5200
  • Wheelbase: 112.2
  • Length (in.): 183.1
  • Width (in.): 71.8
  • Height (in.): 54.8

COPYRIGHT:2010:MATT THOMAS

We would like to thank Infiniti of Omaha and Terry Schutz for allowing us to perform a full test drive and review of the new 2011 Infiniti G37 IPL.  If you are in the market for a new or used Infiniti be sure to contact Infiniti of Omaha at 402.592.2200 and mention this article.

Matt Thomas is the Senior Editor for Legit LifeStyle, an Automotive, Entrepreneurship, and Lifestyle Blog.


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LegitLifestyle.com Chooses The Best Sports Car for Under $10,000 28
Dec
Posted by Matt Thomas in Automotive, featured, honda, LegitLifestyle.com, News, porsche on 12 28th, 2010

I’ve been a big proponent of buying used cars over the past few years.  In fact, I can’t think of a reason why anyone buys a new car these days – it just doesn’t make financial sense.  In a world where corrupt politicians pass legislation to devalue your dollar, and evil bankers are pushing us to live beyond our means at 22% APR’s why would you?  However, this cynicism has pushed me to start scouring the U.S. for what I think are the Legit choices in the used car markets.  Today we’ll tackle the Best Sports car for under $10,000.

The only cars I’m going to be considering are all-original 2-door sports cars with a man pedal.  No fancy engine swaps – just a sports car with looks, performance, and above all – VALUE.

Contender #1:  2001-2003.5 (AP1) Honda S2000

In a world where cars manufactures are imitating the obesity of their customers, the Honda S2000 is like a chiseled Japanese kick boxer.  It weighs less than a whisper and has a potent 2.0L 4 Cylinder with a ridiculous 9,000 rpm red line.  Want to know how badass a car really is?  Find out if it was ever offered with an Automatic.  The S2000 came with a 6 speed and no slushbox was ever offered.  Yea, it’s a bit ballsy and wild at the edge with a tendency to snap oversteer on unsuspecting occupants but that’s what gives the car its charm and defines its “X” factor.  Everything in life is more exciting when you add in the expectation of possible death around the next bend.

The value of this car is hard to surpass.  Depreciation hit the early AP1’s pretty hard – apparently some people do want Automatics for their morning commutes.  But that means that you can get an agile, lightweight, sports car with around 70k on the clock for around $10,000 these days.  Maintenance is a joke as like most Hondas, it can be disassembled with a 10mm wrench and cursing.

Contender #2:  1997-2000 Porsche Boxster

What say you?  A chick car?  GTFO!!!  Yea I know, but hold on before you pre-judge the German rival.  A lot of people consider the Boxster to be nothing more than a big sign on your forehead that says “Look at me – I’m too poor to buy a 911!”  For others, it’s a car that says you bought the best handling chassis you could for the money.  I have to admit – I was in the former of these two groups until I drove one.  It wasn’t even an “S” model and yet it wowed me.

The noise from the German six-cylinder beats the Honda’s mechanical 4-cylinder clatter any day of the week.  The gearbox is even more crisp and positive and the handling – oh my – the handling.  If you don’t know why people are always banging on about “mid-engined” superiority and why the blokes in Italy are always configuring their cars this way it’s because you haven’t driven one yet.  There simply isn’t comparison.

Where does the Boxster fall flat?  Maintenance will undoubtedly be higher as there is no topside engine access and you have to put the car on a lift for pretty much everything.  But finding a reputable independent could remedy this situation easily.  The fact is this – modern Porsche’s are more reliable than Honda Civic’s.  The other downside is subjective, but important:  the looks.  I cannot STAND the front end of this car.  The 2011 Boxster is downright gorgeous, but the early models were, well, how can I put this nicely – un-proportioned.

Value actually has to beat out the Honda as well because the original MSRP for the base Boxster back in 1997 was over $42,000 big ones.  And you could have a nice example with around 60,000 miles on it and a solid service history in your driveway for under ten grand.  Hail to the kings of 75% depreciation!

The Legit LifeStyle Choice?

I choose the Honda and before you lynch me after selling you on the superiority of the Porsche let me explain.  The Porsche wins on the chassis, engine, and gearbox as far as I’m concerned.  But the interior looks dated in comparison to the Honda’s.  Also, the Honda’s leather holds up much better.  The trunk, while not much larger, would make living with an S2000 much easier in the real world.  However, where the Porsche doesn’t stand a chance is in the styling.

I think I would have to drive around with a paper bag on my head in the Porsche and I’d never be able to put the top down for fear of being recognized by someone I knew.  This embarrassment doesn’t stem from some elitist “I’ll look poor” insecurity – but the fact that the car is hideous.  Give me a new 2011 Boxster today and I’d drive it everywhere and tattoo my forehead with its silhouette with pride – but the original revokes urges typically reserved for those after a night of hard drinking.

Matt Thomas is the Senior Editor for Legit LifeStyle, an Automotive, Entrepreneurship, and Lifestyle Blog.


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