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2015 Q60 IPL Convertible

Originally introduced as the IPL (Infiniti Performance Line) G Convertible, Infiniti's driver-focused Q60 IPL drop-top continues to serve as a sportier, more performance oriented version of the already athletic Q60 Convertible.

Infiniti says that the IPL vehicles are targeted at buyers who seek greater performance from their luxury vehicles, but who also want to express a greater degree of "individual style." IPL vehicles feature heightened levels of luxury and performance thanks to modifications to the exterior, interior, engine tuning and suspension.

Outside, the IPL treatment means a purposeful front fascia with integrated fog lights and black finishers, a unique rear bumper/fascia and chrome exhaust tips. Keen eyes will also notice deep sides and a decklid spoiler. The exterior is rounded out with the exclusive 19-inch IPL split seven-spoke graphite-finish wheels and low-profile W-rated Bridgestone Potenza RE50A performance tires.

IPL Cabin

As a special edition, the Q60 IPL Convertible's interior comes in only two colors: Graphite (gray) and Monaco Red (which is only available with the Malbec Black exterior and seven-speed automatic transmission). The interior features red-stitched leather-appointed front sport seats with manual thigh extension and driver's power torso and thigh support adjustment, red-stitched and leather-wrapped steering wheel, Silk Obi aluminum trim and aluminum pedals and footrest.

Infiniti also equips the drop-top handsomely with Infiniti Studio on Wheels audio system by Bose, Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, 9.3GB Music Box hard drive, Infiniti Voice Recognition for audio navigation, memory system for driver's seat, RearView Monitor, rear sonar and moonroof.

What Defines the IPL Experience

Infiniti says that the Q60 IPL Convertible's enhanced performance and driving experience comes from three areas of focus - engine tuning, dynamic tuning and sound quality/acceleration feel tuning. The luxury automaker explains that engine performance modifications did not only provide for increased peak horsepower and torque levels, but also for acceleration feel and exhaust sound without compromising fuel economy or noise standards.

The IPL-tuned high-flow exhaust is a true dual exhaust design that features a unique interior design and makes use of materials that allow for maximized reduction in pressure while still creating a uniquely performance-minded exhaust note. Compared to the standard Q60 Convertible's Y-pipe exhaust, the Q60 IPL Coupe enjoys 30 percent less exhaust pressure.

The Q60 IPL Convertible packs a 3.7-liter V6 engine generates 348 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque. The convertible is exclusively offered with a seven-speed automatic transmission controlled by magnesium shift paddles. Fuel economy is rated at 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

Like the standard Q60 Convertible, the IPL variant comes equipped with a three-piece retractable hardtop that adds weight compared to a conventional cloth setup but retains a coupe-like roofline and allows less road noise into the cabin. The retractable hardtop also provides a little extra cold weather insulation.

Key Competitors

The Q60 IPL Convertible's closest rival is the Audi S5 Convertible, which has high-style and a traction- and acceleration-enhancing Quattro all-wheel drive system to its credit. If rear seats aren't a requirement, buyers can also expand their search to the stylish Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class, the classy BMW Z4 and the sublime-handling Porsche Boxster.