2009 Infiniti G37x
2009 Infiniti G37x. Click image to enlarge

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2009 Infiniti G37

Ottawa, Ontario – You’ll rarely see me mention paint colour in a car review, mostly because colour preferences are so subjective. But I have to mention it right off the top here, because only a colour like my recent G37x tester’s Sandstone Metallic finish could make such a stylish car look so dull.

Okay, got that off my chest. Now where was I?

The G37 is the latest iteration of Infiniti’s entry-level G sedan and coupe (and, for 2010, convertible) lineup. What started out in the late 1990s as a relatively modest, four-cylinder powered compact called the G20 has evolved into a sport sedan that can rightly lay claim to being capable of keeping up with Europe’s best in this class.

2009 Infiniti G37x
2009 Infiniti G37x. Click image to enlarge

The G37 moniker is new for the sedan for 2009, having first appeared on the coupe version of the G in 2008. The name change is owed to an upgrade to a 3.7-litre version of Nissan/Infiniti’s much-lauded VQ-series of V6 engines.

The 3.7’s 325 horsepower rating is a healthy boost from the old engine’s 306, which was already more than you get in many of the G’s competitors (particularly those hailing from Germany).

It’s a stylish car, and looks more expensive than it is (or at least it would, in a more flattering colour). But in this class, where key competitors are benchmarks like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, what’s important is how the G37 drives.

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