2010 Infiniti G37 convertible
2010 Infiniti G37 convertible
2009 Infiniti G37 convertible. Click image to enlarge

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2009 Infiniti G37 convertible

Los Angeles, California – It’s hard not to be seduced by a convertible while driving one down California’s Pacific Coast Highway on a sunny spring day. The 2009 Infiniti G37 Convertible is a particularly fine vehicle: its driving dynamics and creature comforts enhance its inherently pleasurable wind-in-the-hair experience.

Mind you, the Canadian journalists at the G37 Convertible launch in Los Angeles were pretty much the only motorists seen driving with the top down. For locals evidently, blue skies, warm sun and 21-degree temperatures require heavy jackets, windows up, and if driving a convertible, the top firmly closed.

Fortunately, we were not acclimatized.

The G37 Convertible debuted in Canada at the Montreal Auto Show, and while it completes the “G” line of Infiniti vehicles (G37 Sedan, AWD, Coupe), it’s not simply a G37 Coupe with the top removed. Everything from the A-pillar back is unique to the Convertible, although happily the Coupe profile and proportions remain.

It is about four centimetres wider at the rear, however, due to the power hard-top mechanism housed within the rear fenders (the wider rear flatters the car anyway, in my opinion).

Powering the G37 Convertible is the expected 3.7-litre, V6 engine that makes 325 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. torque. Transmissions are six-speed manual (6MT) and seven-speed automatic (7AT) with paddle shifters.

2010 Infiniti G37 convertible
2010 Infiniti G37 convertible
2009 Infiniti G37 convertible. Click image to enlarge

Two models are offered: Sport (6MT or 7AT) and Premier Edition (7AT). The Sport model features 10-spoke, 19-inch aluminum wheels with performance tires, sport-tuned steering, Brembo brakes (four-piston front, two-piston rear), sport seats, aluminum pedals, power and memory front seats, leather interior and magnesium paddle shifters. Electronic stability control is standard on both models, along with six airbags (with rear pop-up bags) and power tilt/telescoping steering column with tilt gauge cluster.

The Premier Edition is available only in a “Diamond Graphite” (metallic grey) colour, with red leather upholstery. Its interior is trimmed in real maple, and it features climate-controlled front seats, navigation and a black front grille. Like the Sport, the Premier Edition receives 19-inch wheels.

An optional Hi-Tech package is available for the Sport model that includes touch-screen navigation with voice recognition, “Music Box” audio, intelligent cruise control, adaptive front lighting, and pre-crash seatbelts.

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