Infiniti G37 Coupe features distinctive styling
By IRA SIEGEL For Sun-Times Media February 20, 2013 2:06PM
2013 Infiniti G Coupe
2013 Infiniti G37X cOUPE AWD
ENGINE: 3.7-liter (330 horsepower) V6
TRANSMISSION: Seven-speed automatic
DRIVETRAIN: all-wheel drive
FUEL ECONOMY: 18 city/25 highway
BASE PRICE: $41,450
AS TESTED: $51,245 (including $895 for destination)
The Infiniti G37 Coupe is seductive, sporty and elegant. This unique combination, along with impressive driving characteristics and a high level of refinement, make the G Coupe a viable alternative in the luxury sport coupe class.
While based on the Nissan 370Z platform, the Infiniti G37 Coupe is a much different car. First, the G Coupe features distinctive and seductive styling. The G Coupe offers many advanced technologies, and a very high level of luxury. And finally, the G Coupe delivers a much more refined driving experience.
The G Coupe’s aerodynamic exterior styling features Infiniti’s signature styling cues, like a double-arch grille and L-shaped High-Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlamps.
The G Coupe’s sweeping design theme flows nicely to a rear that features wide rear fenders, a refined rear bumper, large LED tail lamps and dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips.
The standard Infiniti Intelligent Key System allows for easy access to the G Coupe’s pleasing cabin. Slip behind the wheel, and you are met with comfortable leather-appointed seats.
Up front, there was enough head and legroom for my six-feet three-inch frame but some may find the front seat bolsters to be too snug, especially when equipped with the sport seats.
There are two rear seats, but because there’s little to no legroom, these seats are better suited for a briefcase or gym bag than for passengers.
I like the G Coupe’s cockpit-oriented interior design, which offers a high level of craftsmanship and plenty of technology and convenience features. The base audio system is nice but the available Infiniti Studio on Wheels, by Bose Premium Audio System, with 11 speakers delivers truly amazing sound.
Pushing the start button brings the G Coupe’s 330 horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine to life. The engine is lively and very responsive but it does get a bit noisy as it approaches its 7,500 rpm redline.
The V6 is very strong and is backed by either a seven-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox, depending on which trim level is chosen.
The 2013 Infiniti G Coupe is available as a G37 Coupe Journey, G37x Coupe all-wheel drive and G37 Coupe Sport 6MT. The latter is the model that features the manual gearbox, while the other two trim levels feature the automatic only. Models with AWD provide power to the rear wheels.
All trim levels are vey well equipped. The Sport, though, includes the Premium, Navigation and Sport packages, which can be added to the other trim levels.
The Sport model features a sport-tuned suspension, limited slip differential, larger brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, and more.
I recently tested a 2013 Infiniti G37x AWD model. The AWD system is very impressive and offers improved traction for both dry and wet pavement. The system is capable of sending 100 percent of the engine’s output to the rear wheels, or up to 50 percent to the front axle when rear wheel slip is detected.
My tester included the technology package, premium package, sport package and navigation package. Those packages added almost $10,000 to the price but included many incredible features.
I liked the technology package’s Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Brake Assist with Preview Braking. ICC automatically adjusts vehicle speed to help maintain a preset following distance while Preview Braking identifies potential sudden braking situations so it can pre-pressurize the braking system to help improve braking response.
The seductively styled G Coupe is fun to drive, offering a pleasing balance between luxury and performance.
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