Infiniti G37S Coupe 6MT

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The 2010 Infiniti G37S coupe could be one of the most voluptuous two-door, rear-wheel-drive near-luxury iterations of its type available at less than nosebleed prices.  With its sloping hoot and bright grille to its strong haunches to an almost delicate upswept rear with brightwork that indicates a mini-wing, the Infiniti G37 strikes the pose of power and opulence.

That powerful pose isn’t far from the truth, either, as this machine boasts the corporate 3.7-liter V6 making a stoplight beating 330 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque at 5200.  Redline is 7500 rpm; the speedometer romps to 180 mph.  In this G37S coupe, power gains transmittal through a slick six-speed manual transmission; a seven-speed automatic with manual shift is also available in different models.

The G37S is about the highest level one can get in the 2010 coupe range offered by Infiniti, less the Anniversary Edition.  The Athens Blue coupe, fit with graphite leather interior is an elegant package with underpinnings that are worthy of any highways and back roads a driver might wish to travel. 

With its front wishbones and coil springs, together with multilink/coil spring suspension systems that are accompanied by stabilizer bars, the G37S coupe takes a set and barrels through corners, owning them.  A limited slip differential assists in this endeavor.

Brakes are exceptional as well, with antilock capabilities assisted by electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist.  There are traction and stability control systems to make any driver look and feel better behind the wheel.  Steering is quick, but a little bit on the light side for my taste, though it has no slop to it.   Turning circle is an enviable 36.1 feet. 

On the passive safety side, Infiniti rated five-star achievements for its capabilities in protecting both driver frontal crash and side crashes for all occupants.  There are four-star ratings for the front passenger and, of course, front, side and head curtain airbags are fitted to this coupe.

The 2010 Infiniti G37S coupe stands 183.1 inches long, 71,8 inches wide, and 54.9 inches tall on a 112.2-inch wheelbase.  It weighs 3653 pounds as equipped.  Mileage is rated at 17/25 from the 20-galon tank, and premium fuel is specified to keep the big six-cylinder engine well sated.  In a lengthy trip on freeways and side streets, I was able to achieve more than 27-mpg without trying, so your actual mileage may vary.

Pricing on the 2010 Infiniti G37S coupe begins at $41,265 including destination fees.  This manual transmission coupe had a single, navigation package at $1850, giving it a full list price of $43,115.  The package includes a hard-drive navi system with touch-screen operation.  There is DVD video playback and lane guidance, speed limit advisory, streaming audio via Bluetooth technology, XM NavTraffic and XM NavWeather, Zagat restaurant reviews, voice recognition and a 9.3-GB hard drive upgraded from 2GB. 

All this is well and good, and it all works together quite well, but there is a disconnect – for me, anyway – with this car.  While it’s got plenty of power, there is roughness at the upper edge of the V6’s power band.  While it’s got a nice, sporty and quick transmission, the clutch has chatter, particularly getting off the line that makes it almost grumpy.  Perhaps the fact that this particular Infiniti G37S had more than 9000 miles on the clock – and journalists are not exactly the kindest creatures when it comes to driving cars – might have something to do with it.

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