• Dec 6, 2010
2011 Infiniti IPL G Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery

BMW has M. Lexus has F. Cadillac has V. In short, any luxury automaker worth its grille badge needs a solid sport range. Infiniti has been trying to get in on the game with its Infiniti Performance Line, but emerging reports from across The Pond suggest it could be poised to get some help from none other than AMG.

According to reports, the Infiniti Performance Line could grow to include everything from aero kits to full-on performance models, the latter built on the same assembly lines as the existing models but carrying engines sourced from the Mercedes-Benz performance division.

The reports stem from parent company Renault-Nissan's recent deal with Mercedes-Benz to receive technology from the German automaker. Since the deal was penned, the rumormill has run rampant with speculation on possibilities as to how the Franco-Japanese automaker alliance might best implement Daimler's know-how, running from platform sharing to engine swaps, but this mooted IPL powertrain connection could be the most interesting yet.



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[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh. Nissan already produces great powertrains, just look at the VQ37+7AT combo. The transmission is one of the best autos, and the engine is a beast. It does lack low end torque compared to, say a 335i, but they just need to add DI to it to help out with that problem.

      Same for their V8 engines. The new 5.0 and 5.6 motors are STRONG.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nismo exists for a reason Goshn
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh. Nissan already produces great powertrains, just look at the VQ37+7AT combo. The transmission is one of the best autos, and the engine is a beast. It does lack low end torque compared to, say a 335i, but they just need to add DI to it to help out with that problem.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That would never happen, but if it did, I'd be first in line to buy one!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep dreaming.

      Mercedes has shown how stingy they are with their technology. Unfortunately for Nissan, I just do not see this happening.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Digitalrailroader
        Chrysler was a very good luxury brand at the time of the merger? It had nice popular cars but Chrysler hasn't had a real luxury brand since the Imperial brand was killed off eons ago and even then it'd be hard to argue that it was a "good luxury brand" since it was always heavily outsold by the other domestic luxury brands.
        I remember really liking the cars back then but I didn't consider them to be a real luxury brand back then and I don't think many people did.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, Nissan could end up raped and left for dead. Chrysler comes to mind.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mercedes did not buy Nissan people. Nissan isn't quite as vulnerable as Chrysler. Sheesh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If they will share tech with Chrysler as bad as that company was 4 years ago, I'm sure they can find it in their heart for Nissan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ BigDumbFace

        You never Know, Those Germans are EXTREMELY Cutthroat when it comes to High Horsepower Luxury Cars. Remember what happened to Chrysler? They were a VERY Good Luxury Brand Until DBAG Came Along. then Chrysler was Stomped Flat, and They made off with Both Money and Technology that Chrysler had and they Wanted, and gave Chrysler Practically Table Scraps. Cerberus didn't help either, all they wanted was Chrysler Financial. Basically what I'm saying is Daimler AG is the Automotive Equivalent of a Vampire.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i have a feeling the Germans and the Japanese will team up and eliminate the French.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you don't learn from the past, you'll be doomed to repeat it.

        That works on so many levels here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is nothing Nissan needs from AMG in terms of knowledge or ability to make performance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think that would happen by default of it the AMG motors ar built of motors Mercedes used which are based of motors shared with Renault/Nissan/Infiniti.

      I keep thinking Crossfire SRT as an example of how the Kompressor 3.2 from AMG worked.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This only makes sense if the standard engines are replaced by Mercedes-sourced products. Perhaps that is the business case Infiniti is looking at, but it seems unecessary given they have the know-how to make good engines.

      I'm surprised there isn't more going on in the rumormill regarding detuned versions of the GTR engine for use in the next Gs and Ms.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i've always been impressed with the looks of the new G37 coupe...but the IPL version is tack on looking and ugly...

      Of course its just an opinion....but the purity of the base sport models appearance is well balanced..

      I can't say the same about the IPL version..

      I wouldnt care if it could fly..I'd never buy the IPL version as its unattractive to me.

      I wish Infiniti well.

        • 4 Years Ago
        +1

        I own a G35 and was looking at G37 and hte dealer dude was pitching the IPL

        I told him flat out the IPL package ruined one of the best looking coupes
        they all disagreed with me, but I can't find it attractive in any way, sedan included

        what I don't get is why the 350HP is not the norm for the G37S
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep it out of the regular line of cars please. I don't want to hate on Infiniti.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nissan has NISMO for aero and engine mods. nissan has no problem making good engines. look at there VQ and VR engines, both are great and both have lots of room for performance upgrades with oem drive. i dont see why nissan would need anything from AMG. Sure for a huge 5+liter v8 to power big trucks or big sedans like the M45. however nissan already has the very good race engine VK45DE which can have 400 to 800ps depending on restrictions. this can be made into a performance street car engine and proven in race. NISMO Announces VK45DE LMP2 Engine, Partners With Zytek using the VK45DE too! VR38 is also a great engine. where in the hell is AMG going to make a better engine? direct enjection may be the short future, but its got its issues, and no major performance nut really wants it.
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