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|2013 Infiniti G37S Coupe Review & Test Drive||
‘SPORTING PERFORMANCE AND LUXURY WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK’
The 2013 Infiniti G37 Sport 2+2 sports coupe with the 6-speed manual transmission continues to be the lowest priced luxury high-performance 2+2 sports coupe on the market. My G37 Sport 2+2 sports coupe with the Technology Package was priced at only $44,900.00 and took care of all of the performance, comfort, infotainment and safety systems that I would want to enjoy in a luxury high-performance sports coupe.
I’m talking about a 330 hp V6 engine, a short-throw six-speed manual gearbox, fully independent sport-tuned suspension, a sport-tuned steering gear, powerful brakes riding on 19X9 in. light alloy wheels wrapped with Bridgestone super-high-performance tires, and that’s just what lies under the stunning skin of the car. I’ll speak to the design and interior accruements later, but first the hard-parts.
The G37 Sport 2+2 is powered by a 3.7 liter VQ-series all-aluminum, DOHC V6 with VVEL (variable valve event and lift) that generates a healthy 330 hp at 7,000rpm and 270 lb.ft. of torque at 5,200rpm. Infiniti’s proprietary VVEL system combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable lift on the intake side to help improve performance and response. This engine is so smooth yet quickly revs to its 7,500 redline. The engine also features a ladder type frame construction, large crank journal and pin diameters, asymmetric pistons skirts, twin knock sensors, an electronically controlled drive-by-wire throttle for incredible quick response, lightweight pistons, Iridium spark plugs and a symmetric twin air intake system. The specially tuned dual exhaust system features equal length exhaust manifolds and low muffler exhaust backpressure to help improve engine breathing. When you push the start button on the dashboard you’ll hear low growl and when pushed the low growl increases to a wild loud growl. Its music to my ears!
All of the torque is transferred to the rear wheels through a standard six-speed, short-throw gearbox that is fun to use. It is so precise that you go right into the next gear when increasing speed or quickly downshift when coming into a curve. It’s precision in motion. Also available is the electronically controlled seven-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, downshift rev matching, Drive Sport mode and adaptive shift control that allows for quicker shifts in sporty driving conditions, and available solid magnesium paddle shifters. With the six-speed slushbox I felt more a part of the car as I was able to hold the shifts longer up or down. You just can’t beat a manual gearbox but it is too bad that it is becoming less and less available in sports cars. The power to the pavement is put down with a standard viscous limited-slip differential. The G37 Sport blasts out to 60 mph from a standstill in just 5.1 seconds. That’s fast, really fast for under $45,000.00!
What really separates the G37S coupe from other performance coupes is the fun to drive and thrilling sport-tuned fully independent suspension. The ride is light and very neutral with an almost perfectly balanced (54/46 f/r) coupe. The awesome ride characteristics first start with the second-generation FM (Front Mid-ship) platform. The lightweight aluminum suspension components further enhance the G37S’s tremendous handling ability. Up front is a double-wishbone setup with a single pivot lower wishbone and a long upper links, monotube gas-charged shocks, coil springs and a stabilizer bar. The rear multi-link suspension separates the shock absorbers and coil springs, locating the shock absorber inline.
This setup gave me the feeling that I was riding on rails. Straight-line travel at high-speed was very stable, while attacking a steep curve was spot on with no understeer and very little oversteer (unless I turned the traction control off), which really got my heart pumping. In case I miss-calculated my approach, the stand vehicle dynamic control system kept me out of trouble by using the brakes and throttle control. Blasting out of steep curves was fun and exciting with the tail slightly slipping out but getting back inline quickly. The ride is always firm but never harsh.
Braking from speed when entering a curve or when traveling straight ahead but needing to slow down from triple-digit speeds is the high-performance braking system. Up front are 14 inch vented discs clamped with four-piston calipers and 13.8 inch vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers in the rear. Enhancing your braking power and control are the standard ABS, BA and EBD systems.
The exterior styling follows the sporty performance theme of what lies under the skin by its ‘sculpted from a solid piece of metal’ design. The front fascia has cues from race cars with its deep slitter and upturned lower bumper with foglamps at the corners. You also see Infiniti’s signature double-arch grille and L-shaped HID bi-functional xenon headlamps. The aluminum hood also features the Infiniti standard ‘wave’ design. From the side are steeply raked A-pillars, aero-styled power/heated sideview mirrors, pull-out door handles, flared fenders, a strong side character line and deep side sills that integrate into the large wheel wells filled with 19 inch high-performance wheels and tires. The rear shows a broad fender flowing into the large LED taillights, a chrome rear spoiler mounted onto the rear of the trunk lid, a flat rear bumper, rear underbody air diffusers and large dual exhaust outlets with chrome finishers. It is a look that is unique and sporty all-around.
The interior is a perfect blend of sporty cues and luxury with excellent craftsmanship. The Infiniti signature ‘double wave’ instrument panel design is outstanding and easy to use with a separate instrument cluster, a full-length center console and a center stack with the navigation buttons and dials up top, the audio system controls in the middle and the dual zone climate controls below. The small leather-wrapped/aluminum shift knob is in the perfect place for ease of use and is surrounded by a chrome bezel. All of the touch points are quality soft material that you would find in a luxury car and the Silk Obi aluminum interior trim adds a unique look to the instrument panel, center stack, the center console and door panels. A standard double hand-stitched leather covered steering wheel features power tilt/telescoping for the perfect angle and reach and fits perfectly in your hands for easy use. It features audio control and cruise control buttons as well as controls for the Bluetooth hands free communication system. The easy to see instrument cluster features Infiniti’s electroluminescent instrumentation with white illumination and integrated multi-function information drive computer display with readouts for average fuel consumption, real-time fuel economy, average speed, elapsed time, running distance, distance to empty, outside temperature, warning displays, and odometer. The Sport Package features leather bucket seats that are comfortable and very supportive. They feature thigh extensions, and the driver’s side features power adjustments for the deeply cut side bolsters and adjustable torso. The driver gets a 12-way power adjustment seat with lumbar and front passenger get 8-way power adjustments. The seats also feature 2-way adjustable head restraints and a unique rear-seat access system with the front seats moving forward automatically at the touch of a button to allow small passengers into the rear seats.
Standard features not mentioned above include aluminum pedals and foot rest, power express up/down windows, power door locks, heated seats, intelligent key with push button start/stop, aluminum kick plates, deep center console storage box with padded armrest, variable speed wipers/washers, cruise control, dual map lights, grab handles above each door, remote trunk release, ash tray with lighter, power sliding/tinted sunroof and storage slots in each door.
The standard technology package in my G37S includes the Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with a 7 inch color screen, Nav Traffic/Nav Weather, Rear View Monitor, rear sonar system, Infiniti Studio On Wheels by Bose with 11-speakers and a 3-way front door speaker array using 10 inch woofers, Bluetooth, Sirius satellite radio, USB connection port for iPod interface, auto headlamps, HomeLink Universal Transceiver, and Infiniti’s voice recognition.
Standard safety features include driver/front passenger front airbags/side impact airbags, 3-point safety belts with front pretensioners/load limiters, LATCH system for child seats, tire pressure monitoring system, vehicle security system, vehicle immobilizer system and emergency inside trunk release.
Enough said, the new 2013 Infiniti G37S 6MT remains one of the world’s greatest bargains for an entry level luxury high-performing sport coupe. Inside, outside and under the skin, one can’t purchase a better vehicle for under $45,000.00.
COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ
- Price: Base G37 Coupe $40,400 / As-Tested G37 Sport Coupe $44,900.00
- Engine: 3.7-liter DOHC V6 330 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm / 270 ft-lbs. torque @ 5,200 rpm
- Wheelbase: 112.2 inches
- Total length: 183.7 inch
- Total width: 71.8 inches
- Total height: 54.9 inches
- Turning circle: 36.1 feet
- Headroom: f/r-37.7 with moonroof/34.5 inches
- Legroom: f/r-43.8/29.8 inches
- Fuel tank: 20 gallons
- Trunk: 7.4 cu.ft.
- Curb weight: 3,708 pounds
- EPA MPG mileage: 17mpg/city, 25mpg/highway
- 0-60 mph: 5.1 seconds
|Infiniti Reveals All-New Q50 (G37-Replacement) at 2013 North American International Auto Show||
Looking past Infiniti’s somewhat controversial model name change debacle, it has become an easier change to swallow today as they reveal the stunning all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50 at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show (North American International Auto Show) today.
We already captured a glimpse at the new look of the Q50, the G37’s successor, from leaked photos courtesy of Infiniti’s Canadian counterparts. Featuring Infiniti’s new design language, the all-new Q50 sedan takes on a bold approach with sleek body lines emphasizing the “S” curves found in recent Infiniti concepts.
The new 2014 Infiniti Q50 will be offer two engine choices, a 3.7-liter V6 and a new 3.5-liter V6 hybrid. Other powertrains will be launched as part of a global market rollout. Hopefully we will expect to see some performance variants introduced at one point of time to expand on the IPL (Infiniti Performance Line).
The new Infiniti Q50 not only features distinctive design, but it will offer more individual space and customizable digital environments through dual LCD touch-screens and custom apps. Direct Adaptive Steering and Active Lane Control will join a barrage of other safety advancements allowing Infiniti to still pioneer their active safety blanket.
We welcome you to hit up the full press release and photos of the new 2014 Infiniti Q50, which will go on sale in North America in Summer 2013.
2014 INFINITI Q50 SPORTS SEDAN UNLEASHES INSPIRED PERFORMANCE AND HOSPITALITY
- All-new model sets the fresh design, performance and technology direction for new generation of Infiniti vehicles and brand
- Choice of powertrains for United States launch includes 3.7-liter V6 and 3.5-liter Hybrid; other powertrains to be added as part of global market launch rollout
- Offers world’s first technologies designed to enhance the driving experience, including Direct Adaptive Steering and Active Lane Control
- Fully customizable digital environment for linking various driver settings and driving characteristics to i-Key
- Infiniti InTouch™ next-gen smart connectivity features dual touch-screens and an array of advanced functions, features and custom apps
- On sale in North America beginning summer 2013Building on Infiniti’s legendary sports sedan design, performance and technology leadership, the all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50 is designed to create a new, distinct level of customer engagement when it launches in the North American market in summer 2013. The Q50 rollout will be followed by other Infiniti global markets later in the year.Said Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen: “This exciting new Infiniti Q50 stretches the boundaries of what a sports sedan can be, propelling Infiniti in a bold new direction.”A New Dimension in Dynamic Design
While Infiniti sports sedans have always been noted for their outstanding proportions and presence, the new Infiniti Q50 adds a new dimension of premium style. Its strong first impression is anchored by the smooth yet dynamic character line arising from its “double arch” grille. It energetically flows through the bodyside like a wave and merges with the rear end, creating a highly fluid and intriguing profile and fully illustrating the Infiniti Q50′s dynamic and athletic stance.”The Infiniti Q50 reflects the direct influence of the Infiniti concepts known as the ‘Infiniti Trilogy’, particularly Essence, while honoring the iconic design dynamics of earlier Infiniti sports sedans. The new Q50′s athletic and tightened appearance blends its lower and wider proportions with enhanced interior roominess to stunning effect inside and out,” said Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer.Signature Infiniti exterior design features include the “double arch” grille, dynamic arch roofline and Crescent-cut C-pillar. The front end is decidedly aggressive, with a sport front fascia offered on the Q50 sport models. The new grille’s threedimensional, textural quality is provided by elaborate detailing of the waved mesh pattern surface and chrome surround, while the distinctive LED headlights and marker lights’ sharp lines suggest an almost human look.
The lean, robust body sides are designed to anchor the performance stance with a strong, solid “bone” and arched roofline that flows to the Crescent C-pillars that are similar to those that originally appeared on the Essence Concept. In the rear, the side character lines smoothly merge with the shape of the rear LED combination lights. The familiar rear double-arch trunk line completes the strong, unforgettable view from behind. Heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals are standard, while a power sliding and tilting glass sunroof is optionally available.
Other exterior refinements include new door architecture with narrower, roll-formed A- and B-pillar sashes that provide improved ingress and egress, as well as a more open cabin environment. A new color palette has been specially selected to accent the Q50 contours and sculpted surfaces and includes a range of eight premium colors.
The new body design also offers enhanced airflow over both the upper and lower body portions, resulting in a coefficient of drag of just 0.26. The Q50 also features zero front and rear lift.
“Moving forward, we want all Infiniti vehicles to reflect an energetic force rooted in nature, such as the shape of a dynamic wave,” said Nakamura. “The Q50′s enhanced sense of three-dimensionality gives it a look of strength and agility – a look that is highly personal, seductive and slightly mysterious.”
Performance With a Personal Touch
Throughout the Infiniti Q50′s development, compromise was never an option. No compromise on innovation, design or performance targets, allowing the development teams to stretch the boundaries of what a sports sedan can be.
“The new Q50 amplifies every driver’s performance preference and enjoyment behind the wheel. We have one of the fastest accelerating hybrid engines, which also happens to be projected as one of the most fuel-efficient. We have advanced performance and safety technologies that can see and react before the driver can. And, we have the world’s first quick and precise Direct Adaptive Steering technology,” said de Nysschen.
At launch in North America, two advanced powertrains will be available, followed by additional engine options in other global markets later in the year. The Q50′s refined 3.7-liter aluminum-alloy DOHC 24-valve V6 is rated at 328 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque and features Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) and Variable Valve Event & Lift (VVEL®).
The available hybrid powertrain features the Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid™system with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control. It combines a 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V6 and compact laminated lithium-ion battery design with an innovative one-motor/two-clutch motor control. The system’s V6 is rated at 296 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, while the advanced 50 kW electric motor is rated at 67 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid system net power is 354 horsepower, providing strong acceleration and lean fuel economy.
“True to the Infiniti DNA, our hybrid powertrains put performance first, without compromising fuel efficiency. It takes full advantage of the electric motor’s instant torque for exceptional acceleration and, in combination with the 3.5-liter V6, provides a sporty driving feel under all driving conditions. We have targeted the best balance of performance and fuel economy and hit it dead center,” said de Nysschen.
Both Q50 powertrains are matched with an advanced 7-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode and available steering column-mounted magnesium paddle shifters. The Q50 is available in rear-wheel drive and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with both powertrains.
Precise handling is provided by the 4-wheel independent multi-link suspension. The front is a single pivot double-wishbone design, while the revised rear design utilizes a multi-link design with coil springs and Dual Flow Path® shock absorbers, with increased camber stiffness and improved ride comfort. The suspension features extensive use of lightweight aluminum components, along with front and rear stabilizer bars. A sport-tuned suspension is available with Sport models. Also supporting the enhanced handling is an improvement in front body stiffness (versus the previous generation).
The Q50 rides on 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with machine-finished surface with 225/55R17 all-season run-flat tires. Also available are 19-inch aluminum-alloy sport wheels with 245/40R19 run-flat all-season or summer tires. Confident braking is provided by 4-wheel power-assisted vented disc brakes with 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution and Brake Assist. Also available are sport brakes with upgraded rotors, 4-piston front calipers and 2-piston rear. Steering is provided by a power-assisted vehicle-speed-sensitive rack-andpinion system.
The new Q50 also features available Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering technology, a world’s first production vehicle design. The system allows independent control of the Q50′s tire angle and steering inputs, transmitting the driver’s intentions to the wheels faster than a mechanical system.
This increases the direct driving performance feel by quickly and intelligently communicating road surface feedback to the driver. Four different steering settings are offered, allowing customization by driver preference or road conditions. This world’s first technology provides the flexibility for the driver to change both steering effort and the steering gear ratio. A backup mechanical steering system is provided with models utilizing the new Direct Adaptive Steering technology.
Also offered is another world’s first, Active Lane Control, which uses a camera-based straight-line stability system to further enhance on-center driving capability and improve vehicle stability. The system is included as part of the Lane Departure Prevention system, not only adjusting for unintended lane drift, but also making finer adjustments for minor road surface changes or crosswinds (as detected by the camera-based, lane marker detection system). The system goes beyond the traditional Lane Departure Prevention system, taking it a step further by not only reading the road ahead (the camera is located above the rearview mirror) for unintended lane drift but also by making small steering input angle adjustments if the Q50 undergoes minor direction changes due to road surface changes or crosswinds (as detected by the lane marker detection system). By reducing the need for steering input for the driver, the driver’s effort may be reduced.
“The beauty of these advanced systems is to allow a more personal driving experience, with more input when desired and less intrusion of road imperfections in the steering wheel,” said de Nysschen. “These are just the start of a range of future technologies that are becoming a point of differentiation for our Infiniti customers.”
In fine-tuning the Infiniti Q50′s exceptional performance standards, Infiniti’s partnership with Red Bull Racing enabled three-time Formula One World Driver’s Champion Sebastian Vettel and the team’s Test & Reserve driver Sebastien Buemi to provide an extra dimension to its development. With the goal of making the new model the most dynamic and exciting sports sedan on the market, Vettel provided input on the Q50′s performance and handling at Infiniti’s Tochigi facility in Japan.
Buemi tested at Nurburgring – one of the toughest proving grounds in the world – pushing prototypes to the limits to help produce a chassis with outstanding handling characteristics.
Infiniti recently announced that from 2013 it will be Title Partner and Technical Partner to ‘Infiniti Red Bull Racing.’ This deep collaboration will lead to joint technical projects for mutual benefits on the track and the road.
“Having the opportunity to receive feedback on chassis development from two world class drivers is priceless,” said de Nysschen. “Our partnership as ‘Infiniti Red Bull Racing’ is an extensive one. We are working together to identify a number of areas for technical collaboration and to apply the benefits of partnering with the Formula One World Champions to our own people, processes and technology.”
Another way that the new Infiniti Q50 raises the performance standards in class is the high degree of available personalization, which is made possible with the new fully customizable digital environment. The system works with the vehicle’s advanced i-Keys to recognize the vehicle settings for up to four different drivers.
Offering a sense of “my car knows me,” the i-Key can recognize each driver and automatically engage pre-set preferences for driving position, heating and cooling, audio, navigation and telematics. For example, up to 96 optional settings in are offered in the custom mode alone. Easy setting or changing of settings is accessed through the innovative dual touch-screen displays.
In addition, by using the drive mode selector located on the center console, engine, transmission, handling and steering adjustments can be instantly tuned, for example, for sport or touring settings.
Modern Luxury Meets Meticulous Craftsmanship
Matching the inspired Infiniti Q50 design and performance is an interior created to the same extraordinary standards. The interior environment offers a powerful blend of three-dimensional textures, highest craftsmanship and premium quality, combining modern luxury and user-focused advanced technology.
“An interior is a confluence of thousands of parts and many materials, including leathers, fabrics, metals and glass. The harmony with each element is an important part of the Q50′s warmth and high quality feel,” Nakamura explained. “Our designers approached the integration of every element in the interior in terms of not just function but also of stimulation of the senses – color, touch, texture, finish and beauty – creating an environment that is both intuitive and indulgent.”
The Q50 interior is also designed as an invitation to drive – to celebrate the elation of driving that is often lost in the modern world. As such, special attention was paid to the driver position, offering a generous range of customizable adjustments within a cosseting yet comfortable cockpit. The Q50′s instrument panel honors Infiniti’s “double wave” design tradition, while updated with a new asymmetrical flow from the top of the center cluster to the wide center console. Access to all key operations and controls is designed so that the driver does not need to change driving posture, including use of hard switches, touch panels and drive mode selector controller.
The front and rear seats are a new ergonomic design, developed to help distribute body pressure across a wider range of the upper seating surface. When sitting, the pressure load on the backbone is about 1.4 times greater than while standing. The bending moments that become a factor of load are reduced by the new seat design, with the additional support for the pelvis and the self-weight of the chest.
The roomy interior space offers ample front and rear head room, ample rear knee room enhanced by the new, thin front seatback design, and greater front seat slide and lift adjustability. Front and rear seat hip points have also been adjusted for greater comfort. The rear seat foot room is also expanded by moving the B-pillar forward nearly an inch (versus traditional designs), making it easier to enter and exit. Effective luggage space is expected to be the best in the segment at 18.0 cubic feet with the 3.7-liter V6 and 14.1 cubic feet with the hybrid powertrain.
The Infiniti Q50 features a choice of interior fabrics and colors, including available leather-appointed seating surfaces. Three interior colors are offered: Wheat, Graphite and Stone.
Finishing off the elegant interior is a combination of “Kacchu” aluminum inspired by traditional Samurai armaments and genuine maple wood trim, which is representative of the 16th century Urushi painting technique.
“Quality is another Infiniti Q50 strong point,” added Nakamura. “Our designer’s passion, obsession with detail and devotion to craftsmanship and continuous improvements ensure we are producing a truly premium product of the best quality.”
The Q50′s quiet cabin is augmented by standard Active Noise Control, with cancelling of intrusive low frequency noise from four door-mounted speakers, allowing easy conversation with passengers. Premium audio systems include an available nextgeneration Studio on Wheels by Bose® audio system with a new instrument panel 3-speaker array (14 speakers total throughout the cabin) and Advanced Staging Technology®. SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) and High Definition (HD) radio are standard.
Other features include Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, Bluetooth® Handsfree Phone System, RearView Monitor and available Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster® air purifier and Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection.
Infiniti Connected Technologies
Building on Infiniti’s unique approach to making owners’ lives easier, which includes the Infiniti Personal Assistant program with 24-hour access to a live team of professional assistants, the new Infiniti InTouch™ telematics system brings the future of in-car connectivity to the Q50 interior today. Unlike conventional interfaces, the Q50 has not one but two touch capacitive screens with intuitive hand gesture screen operation to easily connect drivers to their lives outside the car.
“We have new technologies that embrace the way people live today – seamless connectivity and personalization everywhere they go, including while in their cars, with an optimized human machine interface for ease of use,” said de Nysschen.
Along with the large dual screens, the Infiniti InTouch™ system is designed to effortlessly synchronize car and driver. Content and functions directed to the upper screen includes the most frequently used applications, such as navigation maps. Other content is directed to the lower display screen.
The two screens work together so that, for example, the navigation map can be viewed on the top screen while setting destinations or finding points-of-interest can be done on the lower screen. A limited number of critical functions, such as heating and cooling, are operated by hard switches. Content can be customized using easy-to-understand menus. A selection of vehicle-centric apps will be pre-loaded into the system. Owners will also be able to download, update and synch personal apps through their smartphones and USB drives. Additional details on the system’s operation will be available at a later date.
Safety Shield Technologies
The final area of segment leadership for the new Infiniti Q50 is its advanced safety systems. Building on the long list of safety and security technologies already found in other Infiniti models, the Infiniti Q50 offers available Intelligent Cruise Control with Full Speed Range, predictive Forward Collision Warning (world’s first technology), Forward Emergency Braking, Distance Control Assist, Blind Spot Intervention, Backup Collision Intervention®, Lane Departure Prevention and Active Lane Control.
The all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50 will be initially offered in the United States and Canada beginning in summer 2013. At launch, two powertrains – the 3.7-liter V6 and 3.5-liter Hybrid – will be available, each in a choice of rear-wheel drive or Intelligent All- Wheel Drive and in a selection of trim levels, including Sport models.
The Q50 will roll out in other global Infiniti markets beginning in summer 2013 and will include additional powertrain offerings adapted to respective market needs.
“The new Infiniti Q50 is a true game changer in the sports sedan segment,” said de Nysschen. “With its cutting-edge performance, design and technology, it breaks away from ordinary – just like the Infiniti brand.”
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2014 INFINITI Q50
KEY DIMENSIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS
3.7-liter aluminum-alloy DOHC 24-valve V6, rated at 328 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, featuring Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) and Variable Valve Event & Lift (VVEL®)
Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid™ with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control, combining 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V6 and compact laminated lithium-ion battery design with an innovative one-motor/two-clutch motor control; V6 rated at 296 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, advanced 50 kW electric motor rated at 67 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque (Hybrid system net power: 354 horsepower)
7-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with Downshift Rev Matching, manual shift mode and Adaptive Shift Control, available steering columnmounted magnesium paddle shifters
Front engine, rear-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive
17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with machine-finished surface / 225/55R17 all-season run-flat tires
Available 19-inch aluminum-alloy sport wheels /
245/40R19 all-season or summer run-flat tires
4-wheel independent multi-link suspension (front single
pivot double-wishbone design/revised rear design) with
extensive use of lightweight aluminum components and
front and rear stabilizer bars
4-wheel power-assisted vented disc brakes, 4-wheel
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force
Distribution, Brake Assist
Available Sport Brakes with upgraded rotors, 4-piston
front calipers and 2-piston rear calipers
Vehicle-speed-sensitive power steering
Available Direct Adaptive Steering technology for
enhanced steering feel and personalized dynamic
Wheelbase: 112.2 inches
Length: 188.3 inches
Width: 71.8 inches
Height: 56.8 inches
Coefficient of drag: 0.26
Seating Capacity: 5-passenger
Sensuous dynamic styling with unexpected spaciousness; purpose-built for performance with low, wide proportions and tight, athletic stance; Infiniti signature “double arch” front grille, dynamic arch silhouette and Crescent-cut C-pillar; distinctive LED head lamps and lighting (headlights, fog lights and marker lights), LED rear combination lights; available sport front fascia; eight available premium exterior colors; advanced aerodynamic design with 0.26 coefficient of drag and zero front and rear lift
Driver-oriented center stack/console with asymmetric design; natural contour ergonomic-design front seats for enhanced comfort; available leather-appointed seating; available heated front seats and heated steering wheel; Fine Vision electroluminescent instrumentation; “Kacchu” aluminum interior trim; available “Fukiurushi” maple wood trim; Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, available Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster® air purifier; customizable digital environment for storing and providing various driver settings and driving characteristics to i-Key; Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System; RearView Monitor
Infiniti InTouch™ next-generation Human Machine Interface with dual touch-screen displays and
smartphone connectivity; next-generation Studio on Wheels by Bose® audio system with instrument panel speaker array and up to 14 total speakers, Advanced Staging Technology®; Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection; HEV sound management technologies, including available Active Noise Control
Infiniti Connection™ featuring Automatic Collision Notification, Drive Zone monitoring, Google Calendar™, and Destination Assistance via Infiniti Personal Assistant (complimentary for the first 12 months of ownership)
Available Safety Shield technologies with Intelligent Cruise Control with Full Speed Range, predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Distance Control Assist, Blind Spot Intervention®, Back-up Collision Intervention, Lane Departure Prevention, Active Lane Control (world’s first production Direct Adaptive Steering technology), High Beam Assist
Available dynamic performance enhancement systems, including Active Trace Control by advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control
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2014 INFINITI Q50 AT A GLANCE
The 2014 Infiniti Q50 sports sedan brings distinctive design, engaging performance, world’s first technologies and unmatched levels of connectivity and personalization to the roads of North America when it goes on sale in summer 2013. The all-new Q50 is designed for a new generation of young, premium customers seeking Infiniti’s unique fusion of inspired performance and hospitality.
Taking many of its seductive styling cues from the Infiniti Essence concept, the Q50′s tight, athletic appearance blends low, wide proportions with excellent interior roominess to a class marked by unexciting design.
Inside, the Q50 interior offers a driver-centric cockpit with an array of premium comfort and convenience features. The new Infiniti InTouch™ communications system includes large dual touch-screen displays and puts communication with the outside world within easy reach, with integration of hands-free phone, moving map navigation, entertainment and smart phone apps in a way that is safe and easy-to use while driving.
Infiniti’s sports sedan performance leadership continues with the new Q50, which is available with a choice of a refined 328-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 or new Q50 Hybrid featuring Infiniti’s Direct Response Hybrid System™ with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control. All models come equipped with a refined 7-speed automatic transmission with available solid magnesium paddle shifters. The Infiniti Drive Mode Selector with Snow, Eco, Standard, Sport and Custom settings is also standard on all models, part of the advanced customizable digital environment system that allows drivers to create unique settings for engine, transmission, handling and steering settings.
Two new world’s first production performance technologies make their debuts in the Q50 – Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering technology and Active Lane Control. The new steering system allows advanced control of the Q50′s tire angle and steering inputs, transmitting the driver’s intentions to the wheels faster than a mechanical system. Four different steering settings are offered, allowing customization by driver preference or road conditions. The Active Lane Control uses a camera-based lane marker detection system to further enhance on-center driving capability and improve vehicle straightability.
The 2014 Infiniti Q50 3.7-liter V6 and 3.5-liter Hybrid models will be available with a choice of rear-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, and in a range of wellequipped models, including versions with special sport appearance and performance features with sport brakes and sport suspension tuning.
Highlights of the 2014 Infiniti Q50 include:
- Sensuous dynamic styling with unexpected spaciousness
- Low, wide proportions and tight, athletic stance
- Infiniti signature “double arch” front grille, dynamic arch silhouette and Crescent-cut C-pillar
- Distinctive LED head lamps and lighting (headlights, fog lights and marker lights), LED rear combination lamps
- Available Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) with High Beam Assist
- Available sport front fascia
- Available power sliding and tilting tinted glass sunroof with one-touch open/close and sliding sunshade
- Heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, available auto dimming outside mirrors with reverse synchronization mirror angle
- Body-color outside door handles with chrome accents
- Dual chrome exhaust finishers
- Eight available premium exterior colors
- Advanced aerodynamic design with 0.26 coefficient of drag and zero front and rear lift conceptPerformance
- Front engine/rear-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive
- 3.7-liter aluminum-alloy DOHC 24-valve V6, rated at 328 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, featuring Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control (CVTCS) and Variable Valve Event & Lift (VVEL®)
- Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid™ with intelligent dual clutch control, combining 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V6 and compact laminated lithium ion battery design with an innovative one-motor/two-clutch motor control; V6 rated at 296 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, advanced 50 kW electric motor rated at 67 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque (Hybrid system net power: 354 horsepower)
- 7-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with Downshift Rev Matching and manual shift mode, Adaptive Shift Control
- Available steering column-mounted magnesium paddle shifters
- Drive mode selector switch (Sport, Standard, ECO, Snow, Custom settings)
- 4-wheel independent multi-link suspension (front single pivot doublewishbone design/revised rear design) with extensive use of lightweight aluminum components and front and rear stabilizer bars
- Available sport-tuned suspension
- Power-assisted vehicle-speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering
- Available Direct Adaptive Steering technology for enhanced steering feel and personalized selection of steering effort and gear ratio
- 4-wheel power-assisted vented disc brakes, 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution, Brake Assist
- Available Sport Brakes with upgraded rotors, 4-piston front calipers and 2- piston rear calipers
- 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with machine-finished surface, 225/55R17 all season run-flat tires
- Available 19-inch aluminum-alloy sport wheels with 245/40R19 all-season or summer run-flat tires
- Advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control with Active Trace Control for dynamic cornering ability
- Active Lane Control (utilizing world’s first Direct Adaptive Steering technology)
- Tire-specific Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)Hospitality
- Driver-oriented layout and a console with warm, asymmetric design
- Ample knee, head and shoulder roominess
- Easy rear ingress/egress provided by wide rear door openings
- Natural contour ergonomic-design front seats for enhanced comfort
- Premium leatherette seating surfaces with embroidered Infiniti logo
- Available leather-appointed seating
- 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with manual lumbar support, 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
- 60/40 split rear seat, rear center armrest with trunk pass-through
- Available sport-type leather-appointed seats, manual thigh extensions (driver and front passenger)
- Available power torso bolsters (driver’s side)
- Available heated front seats and heated steering wheel
- Fine Vision electroluminescent instrumentation
- Kacchu aluminum interior trim on center console, instrument panel and doors
- Available Fukiurushi maple wood trim
- Available aluminum-accented pedals (standard on sports grades)
- Next-generation Studio on Wheels by Bose® audio system with instrument panel three-speaker array (up to 14 total speakers), Advanced Staging Technology®
- Voice Recognition for audio, navigation, SMS
- Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control
- Available advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster® air purifier
- Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, touch unlock door function
- Customizable digital environment for storing and providing various driver settings and driving characteristics to i-Key
- Power front and rear windows with illuminated switches and one-touch auto up/down feature
- Rear passenger personal lamps
- RearView Monitor
- Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD)
- HEV sound management technologies, including available Active Noise Control (ANC)Infiniti InTouch™
- Infiniti InTouch™ next-generation Human Machine Interface (HMI) with dual touchscreen displays and smart phone connectivity
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), High Definition (HD) radio
- Available navigation system with NavTraffic with Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather with Real-Time Weather and 5-day forecast (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately)
- Infiniti Connection™ with Automatic Collision Notification, Destination Assistance and Drive Zone Monitoring
- Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®
- Voice Recognition for audio, navigation, SMS
- Fully customizable digital environment for storing and providing various driver settings and driving characteristics to i-KeySafety Shield Technologies
- Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor
- Front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags
- Roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front- and rearseat outboard occupant head protection
- Available front seat driver/passenger Pre-Crash Seat Belts
- Available Safety Shield Technologies with Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) with full speed range, predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Distance Control Assist, Blind Spot Intervention®, Back-up Collision Intervention, Lane Departure Prevention and Active Lane Control (utilizing world’s first production Direct Active Steering technology)
- Traction control system (integrated with Vehicle Dynamic Control)
- High Beam AssistAvailability
- Available in a range of premium and sport rear-wheel and all-wheel drive models
- Initially offered with choice of 3.7-liter V6 or 3.5-liter Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid™, each with 7-speed automatic transmission
- Other powertrains to be added as part of global market launch rollout
- On sale in the United States and Canada in summer 2013
- Sales in other major global markets begin in summer 2013
|2011 Infiniti G37 IPL Review & Test Drive||
New for 2011 is the launch of the Infiniti Performance Line, or IPL. This is the latest manufacturer-sponsored in-house tuning shop meant to take on models from Lexus’s F-Sport division and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG house. The first model in the Infiniti lineup to receive the IPL revamp is the 2+2 G37 Coupe. This IPL model will sit atop the G37 range above the current 6-Speed G37 S and retail for approximately $50,000.
A subtle and flowing body kit makes up the first noticeable additions to the IPL Coupe. The aero kit features a redesigned front and back facias, sideskirts, and an IPL spoiler. 19” IPL-specific wheels can be found adorning the normal G37 S derived 4-piston brakes on Potenza RE050A summer radials and measuring P225/45R19 front and P245/40R19 rear.
The new IPL badge sits prominently displayed on the back bumper. In a world of tuning houses that stamp every inch of the car with their performance designation the Infiniti Performance Line has opted for a more restrained and subtle annotation. There are only two IPL badges on the car; one on the rear bumper and the second is stamped on the cover of the potent 3.7-liter Nismo derived V-6 engine.
The engine, lifted from the Nismo 370Z, has been uprated 18 HP from 330 to 348 hp and 276 lb-ft. of torque. The VQ37HR is very responsive and has a strong and robust power delivery that never seems to feel constrained or out of breath as it races to its 7,500 rpm redline. The IPL may get from 0-60 a bit quicker than a standard G37 S but the engine difference really isn’t all that apparent during typical operation. Only when you let the engine really open up in the top part of its rev-band do you get the sense that this version of the VQ37 really does breath much better than its less-refined stepbrother.
Infiniti has fitted a revised exhaust system that provides a 30% reduction in backpressure and an enhanced engine note. The IPL edition has been fitted with massive 120mm exhaust tips which, if we’re honest, are a bit much relative to the otherwise understated design queues. There is no undesirable engine resonance within the cabin below 2,500 rpm and it’s apparent that the IPL team spent a lot of time making sure the exhaust had been tuned correctly to avoid this noise.
The interior is lavishly appointed with navigation, backup camera, your choice of Monaco Red or Graphite black leather and somewhat useable rear seats. While the rear seats would be unsuitable for anyone other than small children they do make the car more useable and practical for daily use. The dash is well laid out and simple. The IPL edition comes with standard aluminum trim throughout the cockpit and unlike some competitors which use plastic or faux metal the IPL’s trim is real aluminum and adds a great deal to the overall look of the interior.
Suspension tuning has been completely revamped by the IPL team. A G37 IPL has a 20% stiffer spring in the front and a 10% stiffness boost to the rear in addition to a completely revamped and retuned shock valving and dampening setup. The suspension is firm without being harsh and never feels anything less than composed and stable on the road. The Infiniti Performance Line engineers tried over 70 combinations of suspension settings before finally settling on the production version.
The transmission is available in either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic with paddle shifters. While not a double clutch gearbox it does a tidy job of calling up gears on command with little lag. During our testing we were never able to confuse the transmission or found any undesirable judders or clunks from the drivetrain. The car comes equipped with a Viscous Limited Slip Differential which will keep all the power doing to the ground in the most efficient way possible. Driving on wet roads proved to be no problem for the G37 IPL as the LSD kept traction where it needed to be.
It remains to be seen how well the IPL line of performance enhanced cars from Infiniti will be received but we think they have a solid foundation to expand on. The IPL would serve as an excellent daily driver or commuter vehicle that still has the potency to back itself up when called upon for weekend trips through winding backcountry.
- Base Price: $50,000 (Approx.)
- Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
- Curb Weight (lbs): 3769
- City (MPG): 19
- Hwy (MPG): 27
- Horsepower: 348@7500
- Torque (lb-ft): 276@5200
- Wheelbase: 112.2
- Length (in.): 183.1
- Width (in.): 71.8
- Height (in.): 54.8
We would like to thank Infiniti of Omaha and Terry Schutz for allowing us to perform a full test drive and review of the new 2011 Infiniti G37 IPL. If you are in the market for a new or used Infiniti be sure to contact Infiniti of Omaha at 402.592.2200 and mention this article.
Matt Thomas is the Senior Editor for Legit LifeStyle, an Automotive, Entrepreneurship, and Lifestyle Blog.