For its second generation G35 sedan, Infiniti had to pull something out of a hat to improve on the previous version. The old G35 managed to top the class leading BMW 3-series sedan in a Car & Driver comparo back in 2004, however the new G35 is up against the E90, which has improved considerably over its predecessor, especially in the performance arena.

Fortunately for Infiniti, the new G35 is quicker than the previous model in both straight line acceleration and around curves thanks to its upgraded variable-assist rack-and-pinion steering system and a more powerful version of the 3.5L V6. Changes equate to a 40 percent stiffer chassis and a significant 306hp at 6800rpm with 268 pound-feet at 5200rpm.

Car & Driver took the car for a test and achieved some amazing results. With the pedal pressed to the floor, the G35 completes the dash to 60mph in only 5.2 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 13.9 seconds at 103mph. This is seriously quick considering the car it wasn't even properly broken-in yet. Further, the car’s six-speed manual gearbox managed to make BMW’s 3-series manual transmissions seem rubbery in comparison. Sure, the G35 will still be one of the best buys in its class but wait till its tested against BMW’s new 335i sedan. Bring on the next comparo.

[Source: Car and Driver]