2014 Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible

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We’ve first saw Infiniti ’s IPL models back in 2011 when the company wanted to offer a more aggressive look and some extra power for its coupe and convertible models. The only problem is that the IPL line is nothing like a real high-performance sports car offered by BMW or Audi , like M or the RS line, but it can easily compete to models like BMW’s M Sport package or Audi’s S models.

Just like with the coupe version, the Q60 IPL Convertible is distinguished by redesigned front and rear fascias, black elements here and there, specially designed wheels and, of course, some "IPL" badges. Under the hood, the V-6 engine is tricked to deliver an extra 18 horsepower over the base 2014 Infiniti Q60 .

For the 2014 model year, the Q60 IPL Convertible is priced from $62,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible.

Exterior

Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible
Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible
Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible

When compared to the base Q60 Convertible, the IPL version adds a redesigned front fascia with fog lights, a redesigned rear bumper, sculpted side sills and chrome exhaust tips.

Customers can choose between only two exterior colors: Moonlight White and Malbec Black.

2014 Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible - Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase112.2 inches
Overall length185.3 inches
Overall width72.9 inches
Overall height55.1 inches
Front track width60.8 inches
Rear track width62.6 inches
Coefficient of Drag (Cd)0.31

2014 Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible - Standard Exterior Features

  • IPL aerodynamics (front and rear fascias, side sills, rear spoiler)
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights
  • Auto on/off headlights
  • Body-color dual power folding, heated remote-controlled outside mirrors with 2-position memory
  • 3-piece automatically retracting power hardtop
  • IPL exterior badging

Interior

Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible
Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible
Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible

Just like with the exterior, the interior is also offered in two different colors Stone and an IPL-exclusive Monaco Red. Updates over the base Q60 models include red-stitched, leather-appointed, climate-controlled front sport seats with embroidered IPL logos; red-stitched steering wheel; Silk Obi aluminum trim; IPL embroidered front floor mats; and aluminum trimmed pedals and footrest.

2014 Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible - Interior Dimensions

Front Rear
Headroom (top up)39.4 Inches34.5 Inches
Shoulder room53.7 Inches45.8 Inches
Hip room53.4 Inches41.7 Inches
Legroom43.9 Inches27.2 Inches

2014 Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible - Standard Interior Features

  • Leather-appointed seats with IPL logo (front)
  • Climate controlled front seats w/cooling function (deletes seatback map pocket)
  • 8-way power driver’s seat with manual adjustable lumbar support
  • Driver’s seat power lumbar support (2-way)
  • 8-way power passenger’s seat
  • Maple accents
  • Aluminum pedals and foot rest
  • Rear window defroster with indicator light and timer
  • Illuminated entry system with time delay fade-out
  • Driver’s seat and steering wheel memory (2 position)
  • Driver’s seat, steering wheel and outside mirror position synchronization
  • Power tilt and telescopic steering wheel and steering column

Drivetrain

Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible

Under its hood, the Q60 IPL Convertible makes use of the same 3.7-liter, V-6 engine as the base Q60, but with recalibrated air-fuel mixture and ignition timing. As a result of this recalibration, the Q60 IPL delivers a total of 343 horsepower – an increase of 18 horsepower over the non-IPL models – and 273 pound-feet of torque, which is an increase of 6 pound-feet.

The engine is mated to an seven-speed automatic transmission with Downshift Rev Matching and quick-shift Drive Sport (DS) mode with magnesium paddle shifters and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC).

2014 Infiniti Q60 IPL - Drivetrain Specifications

Engine TypeVQ37VHR DOHC 24-valve
OrientationVertical
Cylinders / configurationV6
Block / head compositionAluminum / aluminum
Displacement (liters / cc)3.7 liters / 3696cc
Horsepower343 @ 7,400 rpm
Torque273 @5,200 rpm
Bore x stroke (mm)95.5 x 86.0
Compression ratio (:1)11.0
Maximum engine speed7,500 rpm
Induction systemSequential multi-point fuel injection
Valvetrain4 valves per cylinder
Mounts (sides/rear)2 liquid-filled / 1 liquid-filled
Required fuelPremium unleaded
Emissions systemClosed loop feedback system with 3-way catalysts
Emission certification level50 State, LEV2
ExhaustIPL-tuned high-flow dual exhaust, H-pipe design with dual round chrome finishers

Suspensions and Brakes

Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible

The 2014 Q60 IPL Convertible rides on 19-inch IPL split seven-spoke, graphite-finish wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE050A performance tires. The model also received a few tricks to improve handling and ride comfort, including 14-percent higher front spring rate and 4-percent higher rear spring rate, stiffer front and rear stabilizer bars, and retuned shocks.

Prices

The 2014 Infiniti Q60 IPL is priced at $62,000. For the money you will get a fully equipped model, with no available options.

Competitors

Audi S5 Convertible

Audi S5 Convertible

Infiniti has a lot of work to do until its models will become as successful as Audi’s models. Of course the S5 Convertible is no exception to this rule, thanks to its great look, powerful engine and its $60,400 price tag.

The S5 Convertible is offered with a 3.0-liter TFSI V-6 engine that delivers a total of 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The model goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.

BMW 4 Series Convertible M-Sport Package

BMW 4 Series Convertible M-Sport

We are still waiting to see the official details on the BMW 4 Series Convertible, but for sure it will look nearly identical to the coupe version. And the M-Sport Package will be no exception.

It will add a more aggressive exterior look, an update interior and a few more horses under the hood. On the most powerful version — the 435i — the M Sport package adds another 34 horsepower and 37 pound-feet to the 3.0-liter engine.

Conclusion

Infiniti Q60 IPL Convertible

Of course the Q60 IPL Convertible can’t be consider a top-line, high-performance sport convertible, but it is a nice addition to Infiniti’s lineup and a nice way to attract more buyers to the brand. In the future, we hope to see a true high-performance IPL lineup to rival the AMG, M and RS lines from Mercedes, BMW and Audi, respectively.

LOVE IT
  • Updated exterior and interior look
  • More power under the hood
  • Lots of standard features
LEAVE IT
  • No real output increase
  • No optional features

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