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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
|Video: Infiniti Teases New Q50 as G37 Sedan Successor||
After Infiniti’s announcement on changing their complete line of vehicle’s names, consumers who have paid attention have been in a disarray. Despite the overhaul of vehicle name plates, Infiniti seems to have planned some amazing vehicles to come down the pipeline starting with the new Q50 Sedan -the successor to the G37 Sedan.
To kick things off before the official reveal at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show next month, Infiniti has shared a teaser of their new Q50. From the looks of the headlight in the teaser, the new Q50 will utilize the new design language captured from the Infiniti Essence Concept.
Enjoy the teaser video below and be sure to chime in on the comments with your thoughts.
|2012 Infiniti G37 Sport Convertible – Top-Down Luxury & Sport Fun||
The new 2012 Infiniti G37 Hardtop Convertible continues to offer exceptional value in a package consisting of advanced technology, performance and luxury.
The new 2012 Infiniti G37 Convertible, virtually unchanged from the 2011 model year, remains to offer the versatility of a luxury sports coupe and a convertible. Placed in the ring with luxury hardtop convertibles such as the Lexus IS C, the new G37 Convertible manages to offer a slight edge in terms of a more powerful standard V6 engine combined with a 6-speed manual transmission option.
As with any other hardtop convertible, the G37 gives passengers the needed isolation from road noise when compared to convertibles with a fabric top. The aluminum folding roof takes a while to fold, about 25 seconds, but is well worth the wait when you get to enjoy the open top and sporty attitude of the 325 horsepower and 267 ft. lbs. of torque 3.7-liter V6 engine.
Just like my test vehicle from last year, my 2012 G37 Sport Convertible’s V6 engine was mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Opting for the somewhat notchy but sporty manual transmission, connects the drive to the road more-so than the optional 7-speed automatic. However, in either transmission flavor, the G37 Convertible remains to keep its sports appeal in the performance department.
Being that the G37 Convertible adds over 400 pounds to the equation, things get a bit lazy when compared to the G37 coupe. However, Infiniti still manages to keep the body ridged enough that the added flex and vibrations on the convertible version do not put a damper on the G37’s luxurious appeal and smooth ride.
The use of well-bolstered heated leather front seats and ample adjustability, give the driver and front passenger plenty of room and supportive comfort. The rear seating areas are virtually useless for normal-sized adults when the front seats are occupied. Trunk cargo room is cut short with the hardtop retracted leaving about 2 cubic feet of storage. The fortunate part about leaving the top, is up you have access to a total of 10.3 cubic feet of trunk storage.
The 2012 Infiniti G37 Sport Convertible feels heavy at times just as I noted in last year’s review. The extra 400+ pounds added for structural reinforcements and hardtop mechanics definitely play a part in putting damper on the over-all performance. However, the G37 Convertible is plenty fast, just you may expect to add about a half a second onto the 0-60 mph times when pitted against the G37 coupe. Not to mention, at high rpm you get a slight coarseness and vibration from the throaty V6 engine.
The G37 coupe is already a good-looking luxury sports coupe. The G37 convertible looks just as good having a slightly different roofline shape. The most notable difference in the G37 convertibles exterior, departing from its coupe sister, is the rear trunk and rear window areas. Both vehicles have a certain classiness to them, but the convertible takes it to a higher level, especially with the top down.
My G37 Sport Convertible came loaded up with a hard drive based GPS navigation system, an excellent Bose stereo with clever headrest-mounted speakers, power-folding rearview mirrors, HID headlights, fog lights, upgraded 4-piston front and 2-piston rear brakes, dual zone climate controls, Bluetooth connectivity w/audio streaming, keyless entry/exit, 19-inch wheels and summer performance tires.
All of the controls and navigation interface fed through the center-stack LCD touch-screen, customary to other Infiniti vehicles, remains unchanged from last year’s model.
Pricing for the new 2012 G37 Convertible is slightly more than the 2011 model year. My G37 Sport Convertible starts at an MSRP of $51, 300 while a base G37 hardtop convertible starts at an MSRP of $46,650. As a comparison, you can get a new base Lexus IS C 350 V6 (hardtop convertible) for about the same starting MSRP. A BMW 335 hardtop convertible will start out of the gate at $53,800 quickly climbing several grand when adding on options comparable to those found on my $51K G37 Sport Convertible test vehicle.
Copyright: 2012 AutomotiveAddicts.com
- Price: Base G37 Convertible $46,650 / As-Tested G37 Sport Convertible $52,085
- Engine: 3.7-liter V6 325 horsepower @ 7000 rpm / 267 ft-lbs. torque @ 5200 rpm
- Wheelbase: 112.2in.
- Total length: 184.0in.
- Total width: 72.9in.
- Total height: 55.1in.
- Track: f/r-60.8/62.0in.
- Headroom: f/r-39.4in./34.5in.
- Legroom: f/r-43.9in./27.2in.
- Turning circle: 36.1ft.
- Fuel tank: 20.0 gallons
- Curb weight: 4,149lbs.
- 0-60 mph: 6.0 seconds
- EPA mileage: 16 mpg/city, 24 mpg/highway
|2012 Infiniti G37 IPL Coupe Review: Infiniti Continues Performance Line Pedigree||
Luxury brand manufacturers have always sought ways to inject their number one selling vehicle with exclusive performance attributes. Doing so will naturally attract more enthusiasts while at the same time give the loyalists something extra to brag about. The luxury brand automaker Infiniti entered into the specialized performance branding with their new G37 IPL (Infiniti Performance Line) for the 2011 model year and now continue to test the waters by keeping things virtually the same for the new 2012 G37 IPL Coupe.
When the 2011 G37 IPL Coupe was first rolled out I had the chance to see what type of tree Infiniti was barking up. At that time, the test vehicle was equipped with Infiniti’s familiar 7-speed automatic transmission. Now I have the chance to wrap my paws around a new 2012 G37 IPL Couple with a 6-speed manual transmission.
The new IPL name, only offered on the G37 Coupe at the current time, has meaningful potential. Seeing how Infiniti choose to faintly add few performance characteristics and visual aesthetics to differentiate the normal G37 Coupe from the G37 IPL, Infiniti remains coy about barking up a potentially dangerous tree. That tree I am referring to is one that has roots deep planted in German and American automakers. The tree has many different branches ranging from the acronyms AMG, BMW M, SRT and even Cadillac’s V series.
The performance branding letters of many well-known automakers have prestige and a dignified meaning that most automotive enthusiasts can closely relate to. When it comes to the new 2012 Infiniti G37 IPL Coupe, now in its second year, the formula is a bit incomplete if it wants to run with the big dogs. However, you would be mistaken to jump to the conclusion that the IPL branding was meant to compete with the big dogs head-on. Infiniti wants you to think of the IPL as an alternative to polished luxury sport coupes instead of their performance touted acronym badge wearing vehicles. That means the new G37 IPL Coupe is an excellent choice if you may be considering a loaded BMW 3 series coupe or even the new Mercedes-Benz C Class Coupe.
Undoubtedly, from my perspective, the new 2012 G37 IPL Coupe 6-speed manual is an excellent choice not only from a purist’s point of view, but also from your economic-stricken wallet. The new 2012 Infiniti G37 IPL Coupe manual has a starting price of $49,800. That is a quite advantageous price for some but when you consider the price of a German competitor with an abundance of a-la-cart options, the G37 IPL couple can be considered somewhat of a bargain. As it comes, the new G37 IPL Coupe has plenty of equipment to keep the white-collar business exec quite happy when he/she wants to put their foot down and have a little fun. You can think of the G37 IPL Coupe as a slightly more powerful G37 Coupe with Sport and Journey equipment packages.
The new G37 IPL Coupe carries over its 3.7-liter V6 engine with an output of 348 horsepower and 276 ft. lbs. of torque. When power is directed through the direct feel 6-speed manual transmission, it gives you a large yet usable power band. I found the 6-speed manual’s gearing dialed in great to give the drive the best bang from the V6 engine’s wide power band. The G37 IPL Coupe benefits from the same engine tuning that the Nissan 370Z Nismo receives. This gives the G37 IPL Coupe a slight edge, about 18 extra horsepower and 6 ft. lbs. of torque, over the normal G37’s V6 engine. Having the extra power under the hood makes the G37 IPL Coupe a thrill to drive. The large 19-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE050A rubber work well with the sport-tuned suspension giving the G37 IPL Coupe excellent handling and a comfy ride on the highway.
Exterior looks may be an acquired taste for some who may be used to the design lines of German rivals. Even if you require time to warm up to the exterior design, you will love the exclusive Malbec Black paint color. I find that the Malbec Black color is best admired in the direct sunlight to really let the paint flakes shine in a faint purple hue. Combined with the dark-finished 19-inch wheels and sporty body effects, the G37 IPL Coupe comes together as one good-looking luxury sports coupe.
The new G37 IPL Coupe’s interior is not much different from a G37S with optional equipment. Giving that last year’s G37 IPL does not have any significant changes for the 2012 model year, it is good to see that Infiniti continues gives you a few interior color combinations slightly varying from the normal G37. Departing from the red leather seats in my 2011 test vehicle last year, the new 2012 G37 IPL Coupe 6-speed manual test vehicle has black leather with red stitching. I find this color combination a bit toned down from the bright read seats. Together with the added power and appealing style, the new 2012 Infiniti G37 IPL Coupe can proudly wear its IPL badge in knowing that it is a step in the right direction for a true performance luxury sports coupe. With that said, I can’t wait for the next IPL-badged vehicle from the Infiniti lineup to see what direction they take.
Copyright: 2012 AutomotiveAddicts.com
- Price: Base G37 Coupe $37,150 / Base G37 IPL Coupe $49,800 / As-Tested G37 IPL Coupe est. $50,000
- Engine: 3.7-liter V6 348 horsepower @ 7400 rpm / 276 ft-lbs. torque @ 5200 rpm
- Wheelbase: 112.2in.
- Total length: 185.1in.
- Total width: 71.8in.
- Total height: 54.9in.
- Track: f/r-60.8/61.4in.
- Headroom: f/r-37.7in./34.5in.
- Legroom: f/r-43.8in./29.8
- Turning circle: 36.1ft.
- Weight distribution: f/r-54/46%
- Passenger volume: 90.1cu.ft.
- Cargo volume: 7.4cu.ft.
- Fuel tank: 20.0 gallons
- Curb weight: 3,718lbs.
- 0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds
- EPA mileage: 17mpg/city, 25mpg/highway (6-speed manual transmission)
|2011 Infiniti G37 IPL Coupe Review & Test Drive||
The all-new 2011 Infiniti G37 IPL (Infiniti Performance Line) embarks on a new path that Infiniti has set in order to reach out to more enthusiasts. Those who want a little more out of their performance luxury-sports coupe have something to choose from in the all-new 2011 Infiniti G37 IPL.
The new 2011 Infiniti G37 IPL is a one-of-a-kind vehicle highlighting Infiniti’s inspired performance. The new G37 IPL does not aim to directly compete with Benz AMG or BMW Motorsport. It does however offer a little something extra for those enthusiasts who are on the fence when potentially considering a “step above the norm” when it comes to a luxury-sports coupe.
When I first accepted the delivery of the new 2011 Infiniti G37 IPL coupe I was skeptical at first wondering if the IPL edition would be much of a difference from a normal G37 Journey with a sports package. After just the first day in the G37 IPL coupe I was convinced that Infiniti not only added stylish body fascias, but they gave it more power via a retuned ECU and dual exhaust system (18 horsepower & 6 ft lbs. of torque more than stock for a total of 348 horsepower and 276 ft lbs.), dark-finished 19-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE050A rubber, red-stitched leather appointed seats and IPL badges on the rear and engine cover.
The new G37 IPL coupe is all about vehicle enhancement instead of being a road-hog demon with its crosshairs on the linking’s of Benz AMG, BMW Motorsport, Cadillac CTS-V or even Audi’s S line. The G37 IPL is on more of a level playing field with a BMW 335i or maybe the new Benz C 350 coupe. Driving the new G37 IPL coupe adds a bit of lively excitement. With a little extra power and deeper exhaust tone adding a considerable amount of drone when cruising around town. The looks help a bit also as heads turn recognizing that this G is not your ordinary Journey and Sports package equipped G37 coupe.
Adding just 18 horsepower and 6 ft. lbs. of torque to the G37 coupe equation should be just what some G37 enthusiasts have been craving without going to aftermarket bolt-ons. You even get a nice set of dark-finished wheels and a more aggressive suspension setup.
The all-new 2011 Infiniti G37 IPL coupe performed slightly better than any G37 coupe I have driven. I noticed that the handling dynamics are bit crisper while the added power lets the quick yet smooth-shifting 7-speed automatic bang through the gears just at red-line. Not to mention, you can put the auto box into sport mode and bang through the gears yourself through the magnesium coated paddle shifters mounted on the steering column. The new G37 IPL coupe can be had with a wonderful short shifting 6-speed manual transmission, same as found in the normal G37 coupe or sedan.
Having driven the Nissan Nismo 370Z previously it is easy to say that the G37 IPL coupe is a plush version of the Z in a way. They both share the same wonderful FM (front-midship) platform and VQ series 3.7-liter V6 engine. For EPA gas mileage figures, the new G37 IPL coupe manages to get a decent 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. During my drive around town, mostly city driving, my best was about 22 mpg. My short highway commute on average came in around 26 mpg, not too bad for Infiniti’s first “performance line” car.
There is not much of a difference in the normal G37 coupe interior trim vs. the trim inside the G37 IPL coupe. My test vehicle’s Monaco red leather seats really added to the G37 IPL’s luxury and sports appeal. The seating surfaces are comfy and the front buckets provide just enough lateral support when putting the G37 IPL into the turns.
Infiniti is known for their abundant amounts of technology that find itself extremely useful. My Infiniti G37 IPL coupe comes with all of the G37 Journey equipment including an excellent 9.3GB hard drive based navigation and Bose audio system. The bright 7-inch LCD touch screen combines the display for navigation, audio, climate control, and many other vehicle settings. The integration and redundant controls make it easy to quickly change settings even when driving. Other creature comforts found on the IPL edition of the G37 are heated power seats (12-way driver 8-way passenger), bi-functional Xenon HID headlights, integrated fog lights, power tilt-telescoping steering wheel, memory driver’s seat/mirror/steering wheel, power sunroof, dual zone climate controls, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming connectivity, intelligent key with push button start, and sport brakes (4 piston fronts 2 piston rears).
Rear seating, just as in any other G37 coupe, is usable in the G37 IPL but the two occupants must not be anywhere near 6 feet tall or they could be asking for trouble in the legroom department. Aside from the rear seats, driver and passenger can find the optimal seating position ready to take on long journeys without discomfort. Visibility may be a slight task when checking your blind spot but the G37 has proven to be a big improvement over the 370Z for obvious reasons.
The exterior color of my 2011 Infiniti G37 IPL coupe, Malbec Black, is stunning. The color, depending on the way the sunlight hits the surface, appears to have a purple tint with a high-gloss clear coat. If the IPL styling does not get your attention at first glance, the Malbec Black color will do it.
Pushing the new G37 IPL coupe to its limit is a daring task if you choose to take off the stability and traction control. The G37 IPL coupe handles with confidence and even more if perhaps you leave the stability control on. If left on, the stability control kicks in somewhat strong barely letting the G37 IPL coupe bark its tires. Turn everything off and you can break the rears lose. Don’t expect large plumes of smoke with the 7-speed automatic, which seems to have the tendency to mull power through the torque converter from a standstill.
In the task of Infiniti finding a starting point for a new performance line of cars, the new 2011 G37 IPL coupe is the ideal choice. If any car can gain some winning performance brand recognition for Nissan’s luxury division, it is the new G37 IPL coupe.
The all-new 2011 Infiniti G37 IPL coupe has a long list of standard features that are typically part of optional packages on the normal G37 coupe. The only option on my G37 IPL coupe test vehicle was R Spec high friction brake pads ($370 option) bringing the price to $51,095. The G37 IPL coupe’s price point, considering all of the standard features, is slightly lower than comparably configured vehicles in the same class from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. If you have already made the choice to load your new G coupe up to the gills, purchasing a new 2011 G37 coupe IPL version is the way you’d want to go. A huge benefit to it all, you will be driving the precursor to many new exciting Infiniti Performance Line vehicles to come.
Copyright: 2011 AutomotiveAddicts.com
- Price: Base G37 Coupe $37,150 / Base G37 IPL Coupe $48,900 / As-Tested G37 IPL Coupe $51,095
- Engine: 3.7-liter V6 348 horsepower @ 7400 rpm / 276 ft-lbs. torque @ 5200 rpm
- Wheelbase: 112.2in.
- Total length: 185.1in.
- Total width: 71.8in.
- Total height: 54.9in.
- Track: f/r-60.8/61.4in.
- Headroom: f/r-37.7in./34.5in.
- Legroom: f/r-43.8in./29.8
- Turning circle: 36.1ft.
- Weight distribution: f/r-54/46%
- Passenger volume: 90.1cu.ft.
- Cargo volume: 7.4cu.ft.
- Fuel tank: 20.0 gallons
- Curb weight: 3,718lbs.
- 0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds
- EPA mileage: 19mpg/city, 27mpg/highway (automatic transmission)
|Complete Perfection: Identity Designs’ Custom Matte-Silver 3M Vinyl Infiniti G37 Coupe||
Our good friends at Identity Designs in Jacksonville, FL, who happens to supply us with all of our graphics and printing needs, recently did a matte silver 3M vinyl wrap on a new Infiniti G37. The remarkable vinyl wrap job exceeds expectations taking today’s faddish matte colored exteriors to a new level.
The guys at Identity Designs took the extra time and effort to make this a unique wrap job. Not one seam, not one flaw, just plain perfection. Identity Designs utilized the best material in the business starting with 3M’s latest 1080 Matte Silver vinyl. They even took the liberty of wrapping the entire door jams making this project turn out better than one would with traditional painting. There is no doubt that the customer base for complete vinyl wrapped cars has increased to record levels. Luckily, you can still find a shop to do the job right. We welcome you to check out the photos of this project before and after below.
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If you need a vehicle wrapped, be sure to check out Identity Designs and mention AutomotiveAddicts.com.
|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.
|2010 Infiniti G37 Convertible Review & Test Drive||
Infiniti has pulled out their arsenal to battle with any other manufacturer that sells a hardtop convertible. Ever since the redesign of the Infiniti G Coupe, the introduction of a hardtop convertible has made perfect sense. The Infiniti G37 convertible is a good-looking machine wrapped in technology, performance and luxury.
Due to the good weather we’ve recently been experiencing in Florida, we were able to let the top down on several occasions with our Infiniti G37 convertible test vehicle. Not only do you get to have some fun in the sun, but you get to do it in style. The smooth sheetmetal curves of Infiniti’s G makes for one of the best looking cars to come out of Japan in the recent years.
Aimed directly at Lexus ISC (IS convertible), which is also a great looking vehicle, the Infiniti G37 convertible manages to have a leading edge over the IS in terms of performance. The Infiniti G convertible has Nissan’s popular VQ series 3.7-liter V6 engine, also found in the 370Z, that produces 325 horsepower and 267 foot-pounds of torque in the G convertible. That power is directed through either a 6-speed manual as equipped on our test car or a fast shifting 7-speed automatic. The automatic can be shifted manually via magnesium shift paddles mounted on the steering column with the optional sport package.
Enthusiasts can clearly expect certain things from Infiniti vehicles such as one of the best navigation units offered by an automotive manufacturer, and being one of the first to implement new advanced road-safety features. Across the line Infiniti offers these amenities even in their one and only drop-top G.
Our test vehicle was equipped with the Navigation package, which includes 3-D building graphics, streaming audio through the killer Bose stereo system, 9.3GB Music Box hard drive, and even a Zagat (Survey restaurant reviews for finding the best eatery along your destination). All of these goodies are controlled either through the touch-screen LCD redundant dashboard controls, or even via the steering wheel mounted buttons. Infiniti has done a great job in giving the driver different options for operation of the many tech gadgets offered in their lineup.
For a convertible vehicle, the Infiniti G37 has an excellent Bose stereo that incorporates headrest-mounted speakers. Since Bose is supposed to be one of the best in the market for directing sound in certain directions thought otherwise to be near impossible, the Infiniti G37 convertible’s sound system is superb.
The many downfalls of a hardtop convertible can also be found in the Infiniti G37 such as limited trunk space and small back seat room, which is only good for a handbag or two. Despite all of the other gripes that you may hear about hardtop convertibles, the Infiniti G37 convertible does not suffer from them. These are things like rattle noises and a clunky operation of the top. The Infiniti G37 convertible feels almost as solid as the coupe version. The front windows go down with the rear-side windows when opening the top and full close-to-open as well as open-to-close time is about average.
On the road, the G37 convertible behaves similar to its coupe counterpart. The difference in the two emerges when you start to push the G to the limit in turns as well as during acceleration. You can feel the extra weight used to reinforce the G convertible along with the hardtop mechanics. Bottom-line, performance is somewhat hindered but it does not completely take away from the excitement you get when you drive any G whether it be the sedan or coupe. The short throw 6-speed manual transmission on our test car has little to do with that excitement factor. 0 to 60mph time in the G convertible is about 6 seconds, a little shy of the coupe’s 5.4 second time.
In terms of handling and styling in a hardtop convertible, the Infiniti G 37 knocks it out of the park. But be prepared to spend a good amount for that type of marriage. Our test vehicle came in at $50,035. You can, however still get a base Infiniti G37 convertible $44,350 but that’s without the tech goodies. All in all, if I had to choose a hardtop convertible luxury sports coupe, it would be the G37 convertible for sure.
Copyright: 2010 AutomotiveAddicts.com
Price: Base G37 Convertible $44,350 As-Tested $50,035
Type: Midsize Convertible
Where Built: Japan
EPA Class: Subcompact Cars
Length: 183.3 in. Width: 72.9 in.
Height: 55.1 in. Wheel Base: 112.2 in.
Curb Weight: 4099 lbs. Gross Weight: 5079 lbs.
Front Head Room: 39.3 in.
Front Hip Room: 53.3 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 53.6 in.
Rear Head Room: 34.5 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 45.7 in.
Rear Hip Room: 41.6 in.
Front Leg Room: 43.8 in.
Rear Leg Room: 27.1 in.
Luggage Capacity: 10.3 cu. ft.
Maximum Cargo Capacity: 10 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 4
Number of Cylinders: 6
Engine Size: 3.7 liters
Engine Type: V6
Horsepower: 325 hp
Max Horsepower: 7000 rpm
Torque: 267 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 5200 rpm
Drive Type: RWD
Turning Circle: 36.1 ft.
0-60mph: 6.0 seconds
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Manual: 16 mpg / 24 mpg / 19 mpg
Range in Miles:
Manual: 320 mi. / 480 mi. / 380 mi.
|Infiniti Performance Line G Coupe Revealed with 348hp||
Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury brand, has proven where they belong in the mix of the automotive world. To further ensure consumers where Infiniti would like to position themselves, they have released a new Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) starting with the Infiniti G Coupe.
Other brands that Infiniti seems to chase after, such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW, have a long history of making a performance line of vehicles that really set themselves off from the rest of the lineup. Some feel that the Infiniti Performance Line has fallen short of its competition when you consider what BMW’s M division and Benz’s AMG line have done by offering completely different powerplants that in contrast, pack much more than the IPL G Coupe’s touted 18hp over the G37 Coupe. I am not sure about you but an extra 18hp is not going to do it for me. Granted, in any performance line of vehicles horsepower is not everything. Maybe that is why the IPL G Coupe also incorporates retuned suspension (increases spring rates by as much as 20%), a limited slip differential, newly sleek styling, and a close ratio short-shifter six-speed manual transmission.
What is even more mind-boggling is the conception of the IPL comes from the same company that makes the Nissan GT-R. Couldn’t Infiniti have injected a bit more “performance” into the first introduced IPL car? Hopefully the price of the IPL G Coupe, which has not been released yet, is not too much of a premium. After all, the IPL G Coupe so far sounds like a hyped-up sport package.
Maybe a new Infiniti M IPL will be a winner. We will have to wait and see.
“Infiniti Performance Line™” Launches With Dramatic New 348-Horsepower IPL G Coupe
– G Coupe Derivative is First in a New Line of Vehicles Crafted for High Performance –
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Aug. 12, 2010) – Infiniti today announced its rumored specialty-performance vehicle collection, the Infiniti Performance Line™. The first production vehicle from this group, the 348-horsepower 2011 Infiniti Performance Line G Coupe, debuts tomorrow evening at an exclusive event at the 60th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It joins the Infiniti line of performance luxury vehicles at Infiniti retailers nationwide in December.
The Infiniti Performance Line, or IPL, offers a new level of premium performance for Infiniti vehicles, focusing not just on engine power and acceleration, but also on redefining total vehicle performance. IPL promises unique driving attributes with exclusive designs, different from other Infiniti models in each selected Infiniti line. The 2011 IPL G Coupe is the first of what is expected to be a range of IPL performance vehicles in the future.
Infiniti Performance Line vehicles are targeted at buyers seeking performance luxury vehicles that express a greater degree of individual style. The limited production IPL vehicles begin with Infiniti’s legendary emotional design and Japanese craftsmanship – and then heighten the luxury and performance levels through modifications to the exterior, interior, engine tuning and suspension.
“IPL was conceived to create a new premium performance envelope, going beyond equipment upgrades to accelerate the very soul of Infiniti’s Inspired Performance,” said Infiniti Vice President Ben Poore. “IPL brings all the elements together, styling harmonized with performance, exhaust note with acceleration feel, ride comfort and confident handling. It’s the perfect formula for unmatched driving exhilaration.”
IPL models will be identified by a special engine cover and trunklid badging. The IPL emblem is designed to reinforce the strong message and spirit of IPL. The letter “I” features a red insert representing sporty spirit, while the Infiniti-violet “shadow” behind the letter appears like an Infiniti flag to indicate the brand’s Inspired Performance promise.
About the IPL G Coupe
The 2011 IPL G Coupe builds on the foundation of the second-generation Infiniti G Coupe rear-wheel drive model with extensive modification throughout the vehicle. The IPL G Coupe’s unique exterior includes a dramatic front and rear bumper/fascia design with integrated fog lights and black finishers, sculpted side sills, rear spoiler and chrome exhaust tips. Each part is shaped to accent the G Coupe’s aggressively seductive styling. Combined with the exclusive 19-inch IPL split 7-spoke graphite-finish wheels and low-profile W-rated Bridgestone Potenza RE50A performance tires, the IPL G Coupe projects a confident stance and road-ready attitude. The IPL G Coupe is offered in just two exterior colors: Graphite Shadow and Malbec Black.
The IPL G Coupe interior is designed to harmonize with the exterior styling, offering two color treatments – Graphite and Monaco Red (red interior only available with the Malbec Black exterior and 7-speed automatic transmission). All IPL G Coupe interiors include red-stitched leather-appointed front sport seats with manual thigh extension and driver’s power torso and thigh support adjustment, red-stitched steering wheel, Silk Obi aluminum trim, and aluminum pedals and footrest.
Other standard interior features include Infiniti Studio on Wheels by Bose® premium audio system, Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, 9.3GB Music Box® Hard Drive, Infiniti Voice Recognition for audio navigation, memory system for driver’s seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors, RearView Monitor, Rear Sonar and moonroof (these items are optionally available on non-IPL G Coupe models).
The IPL G Coupe’s enhanced performance comes from the synergetic effects of three technology areas – engine tuning, dynamic tuning and sound quality/acceleration feel tuning. Engine performance modifications were selected not only for increased horsepower and torque levels, but also for acceleration feel and exhaust sound without compromising fuel economy or noise standards.
The IPL-tuned high-flow exhaust is a full dual exhaust design with independent left and right large diameter pipes. The muffler’s inner structure and materials have been maximized to reduce pressure and provide an appropriate performance exhaust note. The result is a 30% reduction in exhaust pressure versus a base G Coupe’s Y-pipe exhaust system design.
The IPL G Coupe’s advanced VQ37HR 3.7-liter V6 engine management system has been recalibrated through air-fuel mixture and ignition timing optimization, raising the maximum horsepower output point to 7,400 rpm (from 7,000 rpm). To obtain a natural acceleration feel, the torque curve from low revs to the maximum torque point (5,200 rpm) was tuned for linearity. As a result of both the exhaust system and engine management changes, the IPL G Coupe generates 348 horsepower – an increase of 18 horsepower over the non-IPL models – and 276 lb-ft of torque (+6 lb-ft).
“When you drive the IPL G Coupe, the first thing you notice is the surge in sound and acceleration feel. The inspiring swell of sound is in complete harmony with the acceleration feel as engine speed increases,” said Poore. “The sound is clean and inspiring, adding to the fun-to-drive sensation provided by the 348 horsepower under the hood.”
Equally inspiring is the IPL G Coupe’s dynamic vehicle performance, which focuses on providing confident handling, flat ride and smooth ride comfort. The IPL suspension tuning and damping management philosophy is designed to optimize each aspect of the suspension, effectively connecting the driver to the road surface while removing uncomfortable vibrations. Front spring rates have been increased 20% over the base G Coupe and rear spring rates increased 10%. Shock tuning has also been adjusted to reach a new premium performance standard.
The IPL G Coupe also offers a sport-tuned steering gear and large 4-wheel sport brakes with aluminum-alloy opposed calipers (4-piston front/2-piston rear) and Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD).
2011 IPL G Coupe Key Features and Specs
IPL-tuned 3.7-liter DOHC 24-valve VQ37HR V6
348 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm
276 lb-ft torque @ 5,200 rpm
IPL-tuned high-flow dual exhaust
Close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission with short-throw shifter or 7-speed automatic transmission with solid magnesium paddle shifters
IPL-tuned performance suspension with independent front double wishbone / independent rear multi-link, front and rear stabilizer bars
19-inch IPL split 7-spoke graphite-finish wheels (19×8.5″ front / 19×9″ rear)
P225/45R19 front / P245/40R19 rear W-rated Bridgestone Potenza RE50A summer tires
14.7:1 sport-tuned steering gear
4-wheel ventilated disc sport brakes with aluminum-alloy 4-piston opposed front brake calipers / 2-piston opposed rear calipers
Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VSLD)
IPL aerodynamics with front and rear fascias, side sills and rear spoiler
Unique IPL emblem
IPL engine cover
Red-stitched sport front seats and steering wheel
Aluminum pedals and footrest
Interior colors: Monaco Red Leather and Graphite Leather
Infiniti Studio on Wheels by Bose® premium audio system
Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with XM NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information, XM NavWeather™ with Real-Time Weather and 3-day forecast (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Zagat® Restaurant Guide and 9.3GB Music Box® Hard Drive
Rear Sonar System
Exterior colors: Malbec Black and Graphite Shadow
IPL, the Infiniti Performance Line, promises unique performance attributes and exclusive designs, providing a new level of premium performance in Infiniti vehicles. The 2011 Infiniti Performance Line G Coupe is currently planned for the North American market; availability in other markets is under evaluation.