|Now that's a great looking sport coupe! (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
Before I delve into the differences between the two trim levels and what I like more about one than the other, there have been a few upgrades for 2010 that I should go over. While the Coupe didn't get the new grille and fascias of the Sedan, and frankly doesn't need them, it did receive some interior mods. First on the list are new interior colours, as well as new aluminum trim that looks very upscale. A revised gauge package is a feast for the eyes too, as
|Beautifully proportionate, the Infiniti G37 Coupe is as well balanced visually as it is dynamically. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
New options include an Advanced Climate Control System with auto-recirculation and airborne allergen filter, a rearview monitor and 2 GB Music Box Flash Music Server, plus the Navigation Package now gets Infiniti's next-generation hard-drive navigation system with higher-resolution graphics, Bluetooth Advanced Audio Distribution Profile, DVD-video playback and Zagat restaurant ratings. Yeah, some nice upgrades for sure.
As part of Infiniti's focus on overall improvement with each new model, something most brands
|Uniquely shaped headlamp clusters could only be from Infiniti. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
All G series cars use the same 3.7-litre, DOHC, 24-valve V6 with only minor output differentiation, and it's a jewel of an engine. With
|A jewel of an engine! (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
The difference between last year's Sport model and this year's all-wheel drive G37x is a noticeable lack of paddle-shifters. I kept reaching for them and they weren't there, and I don't tend to use manual mode if actuation can only be applied by the gear lever. Funny thing, I previously only employed the paddles during spirited drives, but now I use them more often to short shift the transmission, saving fuel. How driving habits have changed since fuel prices have escalated.
The seven-speed automatic
|Gorgeous wheels with grippy rubber that sticks like velcro. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
And pushing the envelope is exactly what this car likes to do. The G37 is superb in the corners, the Sport better thanks to suspension modifications, larger wheels and tires, beefier brakes and sport seats, but the G37x is still an impressive performer that can proudly stand tall beside European rivals. The suspension is, of course, fully independent and
|High-quality interior puts some Europeans to shame. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
While I personally prefer the G37 Sport, especially in Sport MT guise with its six-speed manual and viscous limited-slip differential, there's a lot to be said about the G37x' all-wheel drive system. The Japanese premium brand touts its Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system as one of the most advanced on the planet, which is a bold claim, but not one without reason. It constantly monitors wheelspin,
|Fabulous seats! (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
Yes, the G37 is no lightweight, with even the base Coupe tipping the scales at 1,645 kilos (3,627 lbs). This has nothing to do with its
|Rear seats are good for kids or adults in a pinch. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
With the automatic the new coupe boasts and estimated 11.2 L/100km in the city and 7.5 on
|Gorgeous detailing, the G37's centre stack is better than high-end audio gear. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
So, efficiency issues and measurements not being an issue, where has all the extra weight come from? Quality! The G37's new interior is first rate, with soft-touch plastics nearly everywhere, plus real metal accents and first-rate switchgear. Sound deadening is way up and higher strength steel leading to greater torsional rigidity also adds weight while improving performance, while giving the car a solid Teutonic feel. All Coupes also come with dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic xenon headlamps,
|A good idea, but the execution of the seatbelt arm didn't work for my height. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
|Keep your eye on this brand. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
My G73x Coupe is priced at $48,800 while a fully loaded G37x will cost you $52,850, not including dealer installed accessories and not including $1,890 for freight and pre-delivery inspection. The base G37 Coupe starts at $46,300, while a fully optioned out G37 Sport will set you back $54,050.
Compare Infiniti's two-door in any of its trim levels to competitors from Germany and you'll see a significant value proposition, and then when factoring in the car's superb performance, fabulous build quality and renowned reliability, the G37 Coupe is a wise choice.
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