Infiniti G37 Coupe
Review: Last week I drove the G37 Sedan, a wonderful four-door
luxury car from Infiniti that felt almost like a sports car. This week
I'm in the G37 Coupe. "Big whoop," you may say. "Why don't you re-print
last week's review and just substitute 'two-door' for 'four-door?'"
I could almost do that
because the two cars are, indeed, very similar. Unless you take them to
the racetrack, there's no perceptible difference in the way they drive.
They share the same engine, the same suspension and the exact same
playful, tossable personality. So what's different? Two big things.
First, the G37 Sedan I
drove last week had a manual transmission, which hardly anybody is going
to buy. Only crazy people like me enjoy driving manuals. The G37 Coupe
came with Infiniti's new seven-speed automatic transmission, which the
vast majority of buyers are going to pick. And they'll be making a good
I'm generally no fan of
seven-speed automatics because they really don't need that many gears.
They end up shifting far more often than a similar five-speed gearbox,
and that can get annoying. I've always thought of them more as sales
gimmicks than useful mechanicals.
The seven-speed in the
G37 is actually a nice piece of engineering. Yes, it shifts more often
than more traditional autos, but you don't notice it because the shifts
are so smooth. And when you do concentrate on how it shifts, you'll be
satisfied because it's such a precise, quick, authoritative change. It
feels exactly like a well-executed manual shift, which I love.
And there's another big
difference in the coupe: the way it looks. While it shares the same face
as its four-door sibling, the back end is far more attractive. It's not
like Infiniti just chopped two doors off the family car.
The rear end is swoopy
and sensual, with a sloping roofline that tapers to an elegant point.
Compared to the sedan, the coupe looks far more natural and complete.
This is the way a G37 should look, as the four-door version seems like
it has an extra, unnecessary bulge to fit passengers in back.
There's a downside,
though. Like in all two-door cars, it's a lot more difficult for
passengers to get in the back seat of a G37 Coupe. Infiniti tries to
make it easy with a button that automatically slides the front seats
forward to make a bit more space for entry and exit, but it's still a
pain. If you frequently carry people in the back seat, you'd be far
happier with the sedan.
Other than that, there
aren't too many differences. It has the same high-quality interior with
soft-touch materials, the same electronic gadgets and the same
outstanding handling. It drives exactly like the G37 Sedan but looks
like a work of art. And that's a great thing.
What was tested?
The 2009 Infiniti G37 Coupe Journey with a base price of $36,650.
Options on the test car: The Premium package for $3,200, illuminated
kick plates at $330, the sport package for $1,850 and a navigation
package for $2,200. Total MSRP price as tested including the $815
destination charge: $45,045.
Why avoid it?
It's not easy climbing into the back seat, and some people might find
the ride too bumpy.
Why buy it? It
drives exceptionally well, looks gorgeous and has plenty of technology.
The sleek back end is stunning.
Infiniti's sleek, sexy G37 Coupe looks better than its four-door
sibling, and thankfully it drives with the same playful, tossable
personality of the sedan. And the G37 Coupe has the same excellent
interior materials and construction, making it a comfortable, high-tech
place to spend time on the road.
By Derek Price © AutoWire.Net - San
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