August 2, 2012
|Test Drive: 2010 Infiniti G37x coupeManufacturer’s web site
Review and photos by Grant Yoxon
2013 Infiniti G37xS coupe
I’ve often wondered why the other two Japanese luxury brands totally abandoned the luxury sport coupe market to Infiniti. Fear of the Germans? Too small a market? Apparently, Infiniti did not have such concerns when the G was introduced in 2003. Until Infiniti’s new JX crossover debuted a few months ago, the G series was the bestselling Infiniti model in Canada (1,872 so far in 2012, through June). Unfortunately, Infiniti combines G coupe and G Sedan sales so how many G37 coupes are actually being sold is an unknown. But anecdotal evidence—based on street sightings—suggests the coupe has developed a large and loyal following.
Pricing is one good reason. The Infiniti G37 coupe starts at $46,800 and is well-equipped at that price with a 330-hp V6, seven-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated leather seating, and more comfort and convenience features than you would expect in an entry level luxury vehicle.
2013 Infiniti G37xS. Click image to enlarge
Add $2,500 for all-wheel drive, a recommended addition if the G coupe will be used in winter.
The G37XS—X for the aforementioned all-wheel drive, S for Sport—at $51,800 comes with “sport-tuned” suspension, viscous limited slip differential, larger 355-mm (14 inch) front and 350-mm (13.8-inch) rear vented rotors, 10-spoke, 19 x 8.5-inch aluminum alloy wheels with 225/45R19 all-season tires, unique front fascia and side sills, rear spoiler, solid magnesium paddle shifters, front sport seats with manual thigh extension and driver’s power torso and thigh support adjustment, aluminum pedals, and unique steering wheel leather stitching. For $2,500, it’s a really good deal.
You can get the same equipment but without the all-wheel drive and equipped with a six-speed manual transmission for $49,300. Building on that is the IPL coupe with rear-wheel drive, manual or automatic transmission, and higher performance 348-hp 3.7L engine and priced at a fully optioned $57,300.
Our Comino Blue G37XS came equipped with a $3,750 High Technology package that added a hard-drive navigation system with touchscreen, voice recognition for audio and nav systems, 11-speaker Bose audio system with Bluetooth streaming audio and video playback from a USB flash drive, intelligent cruise control, brake assist with Preview Braking, rain-sensing windshield wipers, advanced climate control, and pre-crash seatbelts.
Total MSRP was $55,550, plus destination fee of $1,995 and taxes. Dealers may, and usually do, sell for less. I could live without the high tech package but if it was being offered as an enticement to sign on, I could be persuaded.
2013 Infiniti G37xS. Click image to enlarge
I can see the attraction—and not just the price. This is a coupe that looks like a coupe and not just a shortened version of a sedan, even though the G37 coupe and sedan share the same platform and many components. Although the wheelbase is the same, the coupe is 100 mm (3.9 in.) shorter.
The Sport package side sills and spoiler give the coupe a racier appearance, but the 10-spoke, 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels are spectacular. The G37 coupe has proven to have long lasting appeal as the basic shape has remained the same for 10 years, yet still appears fresh.
The G37 coupe is strictly a two plus two, with barely enough room in the rear for child seats. Instead, front seat passengers are treated to a well crafted, well thought out design with deep front seats, hooded gauges and a high center console that creates a cozy environment. Aluminum-alloy interior trim is featured on the instrument panel, centre console and door panels.
The instrument panel includes Infiniti electroluminescent instrumentation with new white illumination and integrated multi-function information drive computer display. The entire gauge cluster moves with the power tilt and telescoping steering column, ensuring the gauges are always in the right position.
The double hand-stitched leather-covered steering wheel has wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. The standard driver and passenger seats are covered in Infiniti’s exclusive premium leather and are both eight-way power-adjustable. Our G37 was equipped with sport-styled seats with thigh extensions and power adjustable torso and thigh bolsters for the driver, unique steering wheel stitching and high-grip aluminum pedals.
With extra long travel in the steering wheel adjustability and multiple manual and power controls for the seats, getting comfortable in the G37 is push-button easy. And with good lateral support from the side bolsters, staying in place during spirited driving is no problem either.