Infiniti has found its mojo in the 21st century, sending to market
stylish and desirable cars. The G35 coupe I first tested in 2003 was
remarkable in the way it combined the utility of a midsized car with the
sensation of a close-coupled coupe for two. It was really a nicer,
bigger version of Nissan’s 350Z, like Dockers to the Z’s Levi’s 501s.
I thought the 2003 G35
Coupe was great with its 280 horsepower engine. The 2008 G37, its
successor, has pushed that up to a remarkable 330 hp, with 270 lb.-ft.
of torque to go with it. And my Vibrant Red test car had a six-speed
manual transmission, too. Watch out, BMW!
The 3.7-liter V6
engine, introduced in the 2007 G35 sedan, is a highly revised version of
Nissan’s V6, a longtime winner of Ward’s Auto World’s Ten Best Engines
award. For the new coupe, about 35 percent of the parts were redone.
Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL) technology improves performance and
response. Many other factors in the engine’s construction, from a taller
cylinder block to an electronic “drive by wire” throttle, make for one
hearty engine. The specially tuned dual exhaust system works more
efficiently and delivers the sporty roar one expects from 330 horses
under the hood.
Fuel mileage is
actually slightly improved, although with the government-mandated
changes to the 2008 fuel mileage assessment process, the numbers look a
little lower. My tester got EPA numbers of 17 City, 26 Highway; I
collected 18.5 mpg during my week with the car. That’s not bad,
considering its extreme potency.
The EPA rates the car a
7 for Air Pollution and a 6 for Greenhouse Gases, a little better than
average for a car that’s a lot more fun than average.
In Vibrant Red, my G37
was the most interesting car in the parking lot. The car is longer,
lower, and wider than the G35 coupe it replaces. Doesn’t that sound like
a 1960’s Pontiac commercial?
But this car has a
tautness and mass unknown in the days before computer design. The
muscular proportions, boldly exuberant curves, sparkling lights and
audacious style will win you over. The raised ridges along the hood,
which you can see from the driver’s seat, are stimulating to the
emotions. The wide swath of rear bumper comes from stylists willing to
paint in bold, simple strokes. Twin chrome pipes below it suggest high
Of course the lights at
both front and rear contain the jewelry expected on today’s cars. The
L-shaped headlamps are high-intensity discharge (HID) bi-xenon (bright
and focused). The taillights use light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which
illuminate more quickly and last pretty much forever.
Bold wheels are part of
most cars today, even some pretty modest ones, and the G37 doesn’t
disappoint. Although 18-inchers are standard, my tester flaunted
The G37’s interior
coordinates well with the impressive body. Thoroughly modern and
sweeping around the front passengers in waves, the cockpit feels like a
great place to sit and go fast. My biggest lasting impression, though,
is of the unusual aluminum-alloy trim, which runs over the dash, doors,
and console. Modeled after Japanese Washi paper, it adds depth and
interest and looks wonderfully upscale. A nice, fat stitched-leather
steering wheel is welcome. There’s more leather on the seats on
upper-level models, including my tester.
The car comes in three
models: the standard G37 Coupe, Journey, and Sport 6MT. Every model
features an intelligent key that you can leave in your pocket, automatic
climate control, and the usual round of electrically operated things,
like windows, locks and mirrors. The Advanced Air Bag System has
dual-stage front airbags that go off differently depending the size of
who’s sitting in the seats, and plenty more airbags for extra
protection. A tire pressure monitoring system is standard, too.
The Journey and Sport
6MT add more extra features such as unique body styling with a forceful
front fascia, side sills, and those previously mentioned 19-inch alloy
wheels. The two upper models also have an upgraded braking system.
Inside, you get special 14-way sport seats, and you can order genuine
magnesium paddle shifters for the optional automatic transmission, too.
Want more? The
Premium Package adds a power moonroof, a sensational 11-speaker
“Infiniti Studio on Wheels” sound system, and numerous other pleasures.
My Sport 6MT model, with the Premium Package and shipping, came to
$39,465. The base G37 Coupe starts at $35,215.
This is a standout
design that you’ll love approaching as you head to work in the morning
or finish off a night on the town. Plus you may decide to drive from San
Francisco to Los Angeles on an impulse. It’s that kind of car.
By Steve Schaefer
Byline: CAR Review
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