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Infiniti Beefing Up New IPL Line-Up

More than just show.

by on Nov.22, 2011

Infiniti muscles up its stock G37 Convertible.

With the launch of its new IPL G Convertible, Infiniti is adding some real muscle to its new performance sub-brand.

At 343 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, the 2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible gets a noticeable bump up from the more conventional Infiniti G37 cabrio, a well-received improvement from the base car which had plenty of show but needed more go.

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First introduced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and then updated, in concept form, at the recent Pebble Beach Concours, the IPL G shares its 3.7-liter engine with the standard-issue G37 Convertible, but it undergoes some exhaust tuning and engine management changes that add an extra 18 horsepower and 16 lb-ft of torque.


BMW’s New 1 M Will Be Pulled After Only One Year

A replacement? Stay tuned, Bavarians hint.

by on May.23, 2011

BMW has introduced the smallest and least expensive M-Series model, but it won't be around long.

If you’re hoping to get your hands on the 335-horsepower version of BMW’s pint-sized 1 Series, better put your $46,135 down fast.  The maker plans to only have the newest offering from its vaunted M division on sale in U.S. showrooms for a matter of months.

In decades past, it wasn’t uncommon for BMW M – or rival Mercedes-Benz, with its AMG division – to offer a limited number of vehicles and make them available for only short runs.  But more recently, the makers have discovered there’s strong enough demand – along with the huge profits – to justify making models like the BMW M3 or Mercedes CLS63 AMG a regular part of the line-up.

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But due to a variety of reasons, the 1M, as BMW is calling it, “will be a one-year car,” Matt Russell, the U.S. M brand manager, told

Designated a 2011 model, the 1M is just rolling into showrooms, but it will go out of production no later than December of this year.