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First Drive: Infiniti G37Xs

Hail to the victors valiant.

by on Sep.19, 2011

Infiniti's G37Xs is a pony car with luxury retirement.

Road trips are usually undertaken in roomy sedans or crossover SUVs. One would not normally select a sports coupe for a 250-mile slog from Chicago to Ann Arbor, Michigan, but then, one normally doesn’t have tickets to see one of college football’s best rivalries being played under the lights during the first night game at Michigan Stadium.

The G37Xs coupe is an interesting work of two-door art, with fender bulges and sleek, swoopy lines. It’s a pony car in tailored duds—the back seat is useless for adults, the trunk on the smallish side—complete with a snarling V-6. Upscale trim defines the interior, and our car had plenty of bells and whistles on board.

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We reviewed the G37Xs sedan earlier this summer, and now it’s the coupe’s turn. We spent plenty of time in the car, both in urban settings and on the highway.

The 330-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 provides plenty of punch, snapping heads back off the line — this despite the added weight of all-wheel-drive. The 7-speed automatic shifts a bit crisply for our taste, but those who prefer some old-school rough-and-tumble might appreciate it.


First Drive: Infiniti G37xs

Changing perceptions, one car at a time.

by on May.31, 2011

Infiniti's G37xs takes on some tough competition.

When one thinks of sporty premium mid-size sedan, BMW’s 3-Series likely hops immediately to mind. Well, Infiniti has been trying to change that perception for years with the G35–now G37–and after a stint behind the wheel, one could make the case that Infiniti has succeeded.

See, the problem with the 3-Series is that while it offers almost near-perfection, it gets expensive with options. Not so our fairly loaded 2011 Infiniti G37 test car, which checked in at $44,875. Not exactly bargain basement, but a fair value in this class.

Our all-wheel drive G37xs Limited Edition sedan came with the 328-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. It also boasted a lengthy list of options that could take up half a review on its own.

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That money buys you a pretty competent commuter that has some serious guts. Step on the gas and the G comes alive, launching forward in a manner that’s all business. The V-6 snarls a sinister tune as the G hunkers down, with the promise of swift returns on the investment made by your right foot. The only thing holding the car back is the weight of the all-wheel drive system. While AWD might be appreciated in the snow belt, the added weight does acceleration no favors, even if the additional traction helps keep the car planted.