Infiniti's 'G force' arrives in the UK this September bringing with it a breath of fresh air, a distinct sporting slant and a choice between spacious sports Saloon, svelte two-door Coupe and seductive four-seat Convertible. This line of V6-powered performance cars, from the newest luxury automotive brand to Europe, combines restrained elegance with assured exclusivity.
The 320PS Infiniti G37 range, now confirmed for the UK, provides exactly the comprehensive specification and lavish feel that buyers of cars in this class demand but often do not get, along with the bonus of Infiniti's trademark rich driving experience. On-the-road prices start at £30,300 for the Infiniti G37 Saloon, £31,950 for the Infiniti G37 Coupe and £38,900 for the Infiniti G37 Convertible with its electric retractable hard-top that looks as good up as it does down.
The combined performance and luxury offer of each is undeniably strong. Active cornering bi-Xenon headlamps, Bluetooth, 18-inch alloys, electrically adjustable front seats, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, powered steering column with integrated instrument binnacle - it's all there as standard. The Infiniti G37 Convertible is even better equipped with 19-inch alloys, leather trim, heated seats, parking camera, wind deflector and Infiniti's Connectiviti system amongst many other features.
The Infiniti G37 Saloon, in particular, comes to the UK strongly recommended - literally. Nothing tops the 2009 Infiniti G37, according to a recent study by US automotive research firm AutoPacific. With a 95% recommendation factor by its owners, the Infiniti G37 Saloon registered the highest percentage of recommendations of all the vehicles in AutoPacific's survey of more than 25,000 consumers who purchased or leased new cars in the period from September to December 2008. The Infiniti G37 was also named as the top recommended 'Aspirational Luxury Car'.
Whatever the body style, all three Infiniti G37s share a design and engineering character that is uniquely Infiniti and summed up by the company's guiding principle of 'Inspired Performance'.
On the road, every Infiniti G37 variant blends superb refinement and ease of use with spirited performance that sees 0-62mph acceleration in as little as 5.8 seconds and top speeds electronically reined back to 155mph. With sophisticated suspension and standard rear-wheel drive, every Infiniti G37 offers a highly rewarding drive even when used in the most demanding of European environments. On some versions, 4-Wheel Active Steer is available for drivers who seek no compromise in agility and high-speed stability - Infiniti believes the system is unique on a rear-wheel drive car. For those who demand the ultimate in traction, some models are available with an intelligent all-wheel drive system.
Although Infiniti comes from Japan, significant engineering time has been put into tuning the Infiniti G37 range for European tastes. Even the exhaust note is special making a sound to stir anyone with petrol in their blood. Japanese influence remains in the cars' design with, for example, the slats of the front grille inspired by Japanese swords and the spear-shaped aluminium trim inside finished to resemble Washi paper. Details like the double circle, rear LED lights and twin exhausts are pure performance car, though. The design cues may be similar but each body-style was created separately by the Infiniti Design team and shares very little - only the door-handles in fact.Published 17 June 2009