The big news is the long-anticipated convertible edition of the G37 Coupe. Set to launch in the first quarter of 2009, the convertible will be the first droptop spun from the G hardware. A three-piece retractable hardtop provides the sun on cue, and the audio and climate control systems have been tuned for performance in top-down mode. The Convertible shows its sunny side first at the Los Angeles auto show in November.
The newly christened G37 Sport Sedan gets the uprated V-6 that had been the province of the Coupe last year. Rated at 328 horsepower, it's teamed with either a seven-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. The engine stays the same in all versions, but the new G37 comes in base, Journey, 6MT and AWD versions, starting in September.
For the Coupe, the big news in 2009 is the addition of a four-wheel-drive G37x AWD model. The seven-speed automatic also becomes an option, along with the standard six-speed manual. It's rated at 300 hp, and goes on sale in September as well.