Infiniti G37 S
POSTED: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 6:54pm
This is the Infiniti G37 S, and let me just state for the record, I love sports cars. In fact, I think a fast, good handling sleek coupe is the best possible expression of what a car should be. Think about it. When you think about Jaguar, you don’t think of the sedans, but the sports cars. Same for Maserati, MG, Alfa Romeo or any other great nameplate.
And so, when the Infiniti G37 in its sporting “S” form arrived, I was set for a very satisfying week indeed. Start with the look. This car doesn’t have a bad angle. The nose is, well, sort of anonymous, but overall not bad. Buried in the grill is the sensor for the device that maintains your distance from other vehicles when the cruise control is set.
Inside, it is all business. Comfortable leather seats are firm, and as I drove the G37 to Dallas for a weekend, the car was absolutely relaxing, and effortless. The slick 6-speed transmission is right there on the console where the good lord intended, and not in a pair of flappy paddles behind the wheel, which are frankly, evil.
Under the hood, is what the folks at the parent company Nissan, do best…engines. The 3.7-liter V6 has 330 horsepower stashed away under that plastic engine cover, and those ponies will gallop to 60 miles per hour in about 5 seconds. A few years ago, that would have won LeMans. Now, it’s about par for this class of car.
On the road, the S version is tight, responsive and corners like a 3700 pound slot car. Mileage isn’t bad for the kind of performance you’re wielding. We saw about 22 miles per gallon on the highway, just under 20 in town.
The G37 S we drove runs just under $45,000 but if you’re feeling more frugal, the equally gorgeous Nissan Altima coupe is about $17-grand cheaper, 30-horsepower weaker, and just as beautiful. Either way, Nissan has you covered.