For 2006, the Infiniti G35 Coupe receives some enhancements. Projector-beam bi-Xenon headlamps are standard on all models; there are revised taillights; the Sport-Tuned Suspension Package adds unique front fascia and side sills; there is available Rear Active Steer, speed-sensitive power steering and 15.1:1 steering gear ratio; available Intelligent Key and Bluetooth hands-free phone system; driver’s seat and steering wheel memory are available on models with automatic transmissions; and there is a new Platinum Ice exterior colour.

The G35 is built on the corporate FM platform, for front-midship, which it shares with the Nissan 350Z. It shares its sibling G35 sedan’s 3.5-litre V6, but unlike the sedan, it is only rear-wheel-drive; all-wheel-drive is not available.

The coupe comes in a single trim line, the Premium, with a five-speed automatic transmission that can be optioned to a six-speed manual in the Sport M6 Package. Adding the manual transmission boosts the horsepower from 280hp to 298hp.

Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, automatic bi-Xenon headlamps, heated mirrors, power sunroof, LED taillights, dual tailpipes with chrome finishers, folding rear seat, leather heated seat with eight-way driver and four-way passenger power adjustment, two-position driver’s memory, leather-wrapped wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, six-CD changer with eight speakers and wheel-mounted controls, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power tilt and telescopic column, and variable intermittent wipers.

Option packages add such goodies as a limited-slip differential, 18- or 19-inch wheels, rear spoiler, drilled aluminum pedals and navigation system.

Beautifully designed, the G35 coupe is naturally a tighter fit for passengers than the sedan; this one is a driver’s car. Fast, responsive, and simply a pleasure to take on a winding road, the G35 will take on anything Germany can build – and this is Infiniti’s entry-level offering. The M35 is the ultimate car in the stable, of course, but it’ll take another $9,000 to get there.

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