Infiniti G37 Coupe - Convertible History
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The Infiniti G37 Coupe is a two-door, four-seat sports car, and its convertible variant replaces the hard top with a power-retractable soft top. It competes at the luxury end of the marketplace, against the likes of the BMW 3-Series coupes and convertibles, the Mercedes-Benz C Class coupe, and the Audi A5 and S5.
Born of a sedan line, but built from the ground up to be a two-door, the G37 Coupe draws its closest lineage back to the G35, introduced in 2003. Powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 from which it drew its name, the G35 Coupe quickly drew attention for its pleasing, if none-too-daring styling, well-executed cabin, and engaging performance.
The G35 carried on until 2007, and in 2008, a new engine and a new body design brought us the G37 Coupe, followed a year later by the G37 Convertible. The new engine, a 3.7-liter V-6 bred from the 3.5-liter that preceded it, was rated at 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, a gain of about 10 percent over the G35. A six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic were offered, powering the rear-wheels, or, in G37x trim, all four wheels. All-wheel drive models were only offered with the automatic transmission.
Though the new 3.7-liter engine wasn't quite as sonorous as its predecessor, its high power output and willingness to rev up to its 7,500-rpm limit quickly won fans. As the model line developed, particularly in Sport trim, the G37 became recognized as a legitimate luxury/performance coupe, capable of running with the established German leaders of the segment, though at the expense of ride quality in more ordinary driving.
The current G37 is available in four trim levels: base G37 Coupe; G37 Coupe Journey; G37 Coupe AWD; and G37 Coupe Sport 6MT. The Sport model is the only one to offer the six-speed manual transmission. The other three models feature a seven-speed automatic with available steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, manual shift mode, and downshift rev-matching. The G37 Coupe AWD is the only all-wheel-drive model, but all four share the same 330-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine.
In 2011, Infiniti introduced the IPL G37 Coupe, offering an up-rated 348-hp version of the 3.7-liter V-6 engine, IPL-tuned suspension, unique wheels, and unique aerodynamic bodywork. This high-performance version of the G37 Coupe puts an even sharper edge on the car than the Sport model. In late 2011, Infiniti unveiled the Convertible version of the IPL G ahead of initial sales for 2013. Otherwise, the G Coupe (and Convertible) have carried into 2013 with only a few very minor changes.
Standard equipment lists are extensive even in base models, though moving up to the Journey or other higher trims brings more equipment and more options. All models offer a standard 7-inch color information display; HID bi-xenon headlights; power windows, mirrors, door locks, and seats; remote keyless entry with auto-locking; automatic climate control; push-button start; and much more. Optional upgrades vary by model, but include: sport-tuned suspension; a Bose 11-speaker audio system (standard on the Sport model); dual-occupant memory driver's seat; DVD video playback; GPS navigation; voice-recognition control for infotainment and navigation; sonar-assisted parking sensors; and more.
Though on the market for four calendar years (three in the case of the convertible) the G37 Coupe and Convertible remain among the best buys in the segment for value and performance, though higher-end technology and features remain the province of the German alternatives.