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TCC Bottom Lines: Infiniti G35 Coupe/Convertible


Open Doors - 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe 2-door Base

Open Doors - 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe 2-door Base

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 Our hub site the Car Connection reviews all forms new cars, from SUVs to sub-compacts.

One of the popular sporty cars on the market today is the Infiniti G37, Editor in Chief Marty Padgett has written a review on these rear-wheel-drive luxury cars.

Starting out with looks, both cars seem to be handsome, but Marty feels that the convertible is the almost the better looking of the two. He writes, “It has thinner pillars and a little more oomph to its rear end (where the folding hardtop resides), which give it a voluptuousness. It's by far the best-looking folding-hardtop convertible you can buy, with none of the squatness that affects everything from the Volkswagen Eos to the Ferrari California.”

Inside the cars get praise for their material choices; no hard, cheap plastics, but soft pliable material and leather with either aluminum or wood finish. The interior comes with nice base seats but Marty prefers the sports seats with adjustable supports. The back seats are completely useless for normal people. Trunk space is small on the coupe, only 7.4 cubic feet. With the top up the Convertible has 10.3 feet with the top up but looses most of it when it comes down.

Like its predecessors the G37 shares most of it’s underpinnings with the 370z, including the drivetrain. Times to 60mph are 5.5 for the coupe, around 6.5 for the convertible. Steering feel isn’t as good as it should be, but the grip is quite good, especially with the sports package. The ride isn’t punishing and this includes the sports package. Braking is quite good.

Gas mileage is surprising, the seven-speed automatics get 1 mile per gallon better than the six speeds manuals: The coupe gets 17/25 versus 18/26; the convertible gets 16/24 versus 17/25.

Being in the luxury market the car is available with some options like upgraded audio; a dual-zone climate system; intelligent cruise control; adaptive front lighting; a hard-drive-based navigation system; and four-wheel active steering.

The bottom line that Marty writes is, “The Infiniti G37 Coupe and G37 Convertible don't shy from tackling the BMW 3-Series on any front-be it equal performance, better looks, or more lavish interiors.”

[Source: The Car Connection]

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