Infiniti G37 Coupe--Test Drive Video Review with Chris Moran from Chicago Motor Cars
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A class-leader and world-class motorcar, the Infiniti G37 Coupe. Presented by Chris Moran from Chicago Motor Cars
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Or at the very least, don't screw it up. That's the mantra that must've been hanging in banner form at Infiniti's design headquarters when the time came to redo its popular G series luxury sport coupe. The outgoing model looked great and was a joy to drive, a sort of middle ground that could be viewed as either a more civilized Nissan 350Z or a more hooliganized G35 sedan.
Thankfully, the new 2008 Infiniti G37 follows the same formula. It looks great (albeit in a more voluptuous sort of way than the original), is even more of a hoot to drive and more deftly serves as either a sports car or luxury car, depending on its driver's mood. Oh, and lest we forget to mention, it now sports a larger, 330-hp engine. In other words, Infiniti definitely didn't screw it up.
Despite the change in name, the G37 is still very much the coupe version of the latest G35 sedan. The higher number indicates its larger 3.7-liter engine and certainly hints at its more sporting intent. Along with adding the new engine, Infiniti brought the G37 up to date via a new body structure; the company says it's 36 percent stiffer than the previous generation's. The added stiffness combines with a slightly lower overall height, wider front and rear track widths, and revised suspension components for improved handling. This is especially true of models fitted with the available Sport Package.
Inside, the G37 benefits from the same transformation the G35 underwent last year. Materials are simply excellent, highlighted by such items as the car's new leather-accented magnesium transmission paddle shifters and the "Japanese Washi-paper finish" aluminum trim that provides a refreshingly unique take on cabin decoration. Additionally, a full array of standard and optional high-tech features will appeal to more technologically inclined buyers.
There aren't many entry-level luxury coupes on the market, but the available few are impressive. The new Audi A5 is worthy of cross-shopping with the G37, though it starts at a higher base price. The BMW 335i is a superior car, but it's more expensive than the G37 as well. The Infiniti's principal competition, therefore, is the BMW 328i, which is more involving to drive and a few steps ahead in interior materials quality, yet considerably less muscular under the hood than the broad-shouldered G. If you can live without the Bimmer's unmatched combination of sporty handling and a comfortable ride, then the 2008 Infiniti G37 should make an excellent addition to your garage -- as either a luxury coupe or a sports car.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2008 Infiniti G37 is essentially the coupe version of the G35 sedan. It's differentiated by unique styling, more power and two fewer doors. There are three trim levels available: base, Journey and Sport 6MT. The base model comes standard with 18-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights, keyless ignition, leather upholstery, eight-way driver and four-way passenger power seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, automatic climate control, a folding rear seat and a CD/MP3 player with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. The Journey trim adds an eight-way power passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control and an in-dash six-CD changer.
The Sport 6MT trim refers to this coupe's six-speed manual transmission, and additional equipment includes a limited-slip rear differential, 19-inch wheels, high-performance tires, sport suspension and brakes, and sport-styled front seats with manual thigh extensions and driver's power-adjustable torso and thigh bolsters. Save for the manual transmission, these features are part of the Sport Package available on automatic-equipped G37s.
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