Monday, February 25, 2008

2008 Infiniti G37 Sport Full Test

2008 Infiniti G37 Sport

Back in the so-called good old days, when a car was offered in both coupe and sedan forms, you can count on the two-door version is lighter, sportier and more elegant. This is almost the case with the 2008 Infiniti G37 coupe, but not quite, as it is about 100 pounds heavier than its sedan counterpart, the G35, most of which underlie it.

Infiniti Coupe's said the greatest need to build doors to achieve a high side crash rating. Extra crash structure adds weight, but do not expect a "murderer of Homeland Security Coupe Sport" title so soon. Larger brakes and engines slightly heavier bring some books too. Earn 100 pounds, is an unfortunate, but not to get rid of inexcusable way of the family-car image and increase your sex appeal.

The G37 copes with the additional weight on his sedan stablemate and meets the criterion-sport with a new version of the 3.7-litre Nissan VQ engine venerable V-6. The boost comes from a longer stroke displacement; both the 3, 5 and 3.7 litre engines in the G-car feature a taller frame than the previous generation of engines. The G37 takes the latest improvements to the engine a little further and adds variable valve timing and variable lift on the supply side, and the compression ratio increases to 11.0:1. Energy is up 24 hp at 330, and the torque output rises two pounds-feet to 270.

The extra power is not much difference in the test track. The 0 to-60 sprint in 5.3 seconds was 0.2 seconds faster than the G35 we compared with a BMW 328i, but 0.1 seconds slower than the premier'07 G35 we tested in October 2006. For the quarter mark miles, the G37 is dead even with the October G35: 13.9 seconds at 103 mph. A much larger improvement in the G37, power increases aside, is the fact that it no longer sounds like it make semolina inside the engine. The VQ is smooth again, and the exhaust note is a pleasant burble that is always available with a puree of rapid electronic throttle.

The six-speed manual transmission has been redesigned as well. The difference between the G35 sedan and G37 Coupe is more subtle than the engine change, but the cut of the new gearbox feels a little smoother. The shift throws are short, and so is the clutch pedal travel, which engages with a finesse that BMW has only just begun to discuss with the latest round 3.

The G37 is the same suspension-control forearm and multilink rear setup as the G35 sedan. Our test car came with the sport, making it the standard six-speed manual and with the optional automatic transmission. It adds a red "S" on the rear badging and includes a stiffer suspension, limited-slip differential, and 19-inch wheels with high-performance Bridgestone rubber. The configuration is good for 0.89 g on the skidpad, and the G37 is impressive on the road.

When it comes to sport optional packages, we are suckers for the promise of better traction and handling, but the ride is usually resulting mission leaves us on the low-profile tires and stiff springs. This is not the case with the G37. The frame absorbs road bumps without a rattle, and the direction is precise and communicative. The ride is stiffer than that of a BMW 3 Series, but the G37 is a huge improvement over the old cut with the sport suspension, which is shocking on any rough surface that freshly waxed linoleum. Immerse yourself in a turn, and the G37 transfers its weight gradually and without surprises. Oversteering can be achieved at the corner exit, but the neutral balance of the car means that any opposite-lock maneuvers are more of a four-wheel drift that gas-induced tail wagging. The only thing we ask is a brake pedal more rigid, even though 70 per-0 stopping distance is a respectable 164 feet. However, Infiniti G37 is the most satisfying driving experience. It has the character of a good sports car: Driving the G37 drive is so much fun that you forgive his faults.

The problems are mostly the result of style. Make no mistake, the G37 is more elegant than the saloon and thus satisfies most of the criteria for sedan-cut conversion, but the trade-offs are, well, a pain in the ass. Infiniti G37 is approximately four inches shorter in length, two inches wide and 2.5 cm lower than the G35 sedan. Compared to the old G35 coupe, the G37 is about one inch long and slightly wider and lower. All three cars ride on the same 112.2-inch wheelbase. Inside, and there is the problem - the G37 is less than 1.4 inches high that the G35 sedan when both are equipped with sunroofs. Clearance is sufficiently low that sub-six footers may find their brushing hair garnish, depending on the position and quantity of foam behind their backs. The rear seat, which has less than 4.7 cm legroom that Infiniti G35 sedan (and less than 1.6 in the G35 coupe), is higher than the close. Sardined adults in the back are confronted with the possibility of inclination of the head or slouching sideways past the point of reasonable comfort. At least there is a nice button next to the front seat folding leverage that supplies for the front seat occupants and then returns the seat of his knee crushing original position.

Rabat rear seats in one piece to extend the trunk, a good thing because seven cubic feet of storage space is not much. There is a diagram that illustrates how to load two bags of golf, but the first impression of the shallow trunk is a case of beer is likely to be crushed (not).

As in any cup, the front seats are the place to be. G37s equipped with the sport package increases power on the driver's side to go to the manual leg extension, which are also on the passenger's seat. The dashboard is identical to the G35 coupe, with a colour monitor to control the radio, climate control, and optional nav system. It is very pleasant to the aluminum lining has a beautiful surface finish in particular-but some of the plastics looks cheaper than it should, like the pieces surrounding the steering wheel audio and cruise-control buttons.

So, it is the price of vanity, and therefore the real problem with the G37. The previous generation coupe is much more attractive than its sedan counterpart. Le'07 four-door G35 is much more beautiful than its predecessor, aesthetics and the gap has been reduced. As far as most drivers will be able to say, the performance of the two is roughly equal.

Are the most gentle and motor sports headquarters for the loss of value of rear-seat and cargo space? Maybe the question is to miss the point. The argument against cutting sedan is more a matter of taste and style as any of the facts and figures. What is important is that the G37 coupe is a luxury successfully: fast, stylish and fun to drive.
There is another question, however: How does the cell G37 against the BMW 335i Coupe? It's hard to say without putting them side by side in a comparison test, but you can bet the G37 give the Bimmer a good fight.

Of course, the G37 has big horses, management believe that the terribly close to the top-dog 3-series, and graciously neutral handling. In his hands, a landlord, however, the G is bound to catch casual commute detail, and that's when the engine seems a little coarse, the clutch is difficult to move smoothly, and the joystick gear shift viscous as if nothing vibrates attached to a luxury car should ever. Make sure you are an addicted performance before choosing a G37 on the sublime polished BMW 328i.
Source: caranddriver

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