San Francisco: As Infiniti ramps up for the luxury performance
marketplace it has created a performance oriented luxury car with an emphasis on
rear-wheel-drive with a front engine. In this new category comes an attractive new
vehicle, the 2003 G35 Sport Sedan.
This new sedan is a pleasure to drive as well to look at. Fast taking its place among
the sporty sedans out there today this new beauty offers it all. We especially liked the
rear reclining seats, a very comfortable feature for rear passengers. The Sedan interior
is spacious, with plenty of leg and headroom, particularly noticeable in the rear seating.
The new platform allows for a wider track and long wheelbase, bringing interior room up to
98.0 cubic feet. Trunk size is also ample and accommodates all manner of luggage.
The G35 Sedan has gotten nothing short of rave reviews, from the press and the public
alike. I havent talked with one potential customer who hasnt commented on its
sharp exterior, luxurious, yet sporty interior and downright class. Its also
appealing across the generations, from the age group it was designed for (35+) to those in
As a rear-wheel-drive sedan the G35 Sedan will lead Infinitis new image in the
marketplace, from "just" a luxury brand, to a performance luxury nameplate.
Competing with BMWs 3-Series, Infiniti knew its competition and has poised itself
well. Theyve included such niceties as remote keyless entry, a first aid kit,
emergency wallet key, Infiniti Vehicle Immobilizer System and electronic master key.
The Sport Sedan is currently available in two models: the G35 Sedan and G35 Leather.
Several packages are available, including the G35 Sedan Leather Model, Premium Package,
Winter non-Sport Package, Winter Sport Package, Wood Package, Sunroof Package, and
Sport-Tuned Package. A third, the G35 Sedan Sport 6M/T will be available beginning in the
next model year. The Premium Package includes a sunroof, reclining rear seats, Bose audio
system, a Sport-tuned suspension, 5-spoke aluminum alloy 17-inch wheels, and Aero rear
spoiler. Other options include a Bose navigation system, heated front seats, heated
outside mirrors, sunroof and wood trim. The Sport Sedan is available in seven exterior
colors and all are equipped with Vehicle Dynamic Control for stability in all weather
Changes for production include Xenon headlights added to the Leather Luxury model and a
sunroof added to the Premium model. Also available is Satellite radio with a choice of XM
or Sirius service. The G35s V6 engine is located behind the front axle, allowing for
the use of a low hood line. This flows into the angled windshield contributing to the
Gs sporty silhouette, as well as improved aerodynamics. An optional rear spoiler is
available adding to the cars coefficient of drag measurement of only .26. Aluminum
is used for the hood to reduce weight and provide better fuel economy. The roof panel and
side panels are laser-welded to enhance body rigidity and reduce vibrations. The increased
stiffness and rigidity improve driving stability, ride comfort, noise levels and
The G35 Sport Sedan Specs are:
Engine: 24-valve, 3.5-liter DOHC V6, 260-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive
Transmission: 5-speed automatic with manual shift mode
Vehicle Dynamic Control available
Wheelbase: 112.2 in.
Height: 57.9 in.
Width: 68.9 in.
Length: 186.2 in.
Weight: 3,336 lbs.
EPA: 19 mpg city /24 mpg highway
All G35s are equipped with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) for better stability on
wet pavement. The braking system utilizes power-assisted 4-wheel vented disc brakes,
4-channel, 4-sensor ABS, and Electronic Brake force Distribution. This all contributes to
a distribution of braking that matches load condition. Brake Assist is available for panic
We especially like the seat design in the G35. Rather than "one seat fits
all," notes Infiniti, they have designed a unique front driver and passenger seat.
The drivers seat features a special center mound shape (damping urethane foam) to
support the driver, while the passenger seat has a flatter-shaped lower cushion. The rear
seats are bucket seat style and in the Leather model, recline. This is a real plus.
And the spoiling goes on. When a buyer takes home a G35, he or she continues to receive
goodies in the mail, from a matching Infiniti key chain to a gift-wrapped insurance
cardholder for the glove compartment. This of course appeals to many drivers, particularly
the ones that are used to being waiting on and catered to. Women especially like the extra