It is clear that the Infiniti G37 majors on performance, gadgetry and luxury and it wins on all counts.
Premium is a new addition to the Infiniti G-Line and takes the top slot. It came into being because many customers were ordering all of the available optional extras and so Premium includes the most popular, as standard. One of the favourites is the Bose, 11-speaker sound system.
On top of this, the Premium is available in GT trim, which means leather-clad, heated and powered seats with memory buttons and electric lumbar support for the driver. While the GT leans more towards luxury, the S has a more sporty and driver-focussed attitude.
This was the version tested and as well as the sports suspension, very comfortable sports seats, uprated brakes and viscous limited slip diff', it has four-wheel active steering (4WAS) and Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC). This latter includes distance control and can bring the car to a complete stop if necessary.
The 4WAS only works at certain speeds so when it is at rest, the rear wheel remain in the straight-ahead position. However, on the road - especially on twisting bends- the difference can be felt in the sharp turn in and the ease with which the car changes direction. It all comes naturally and doesn't take any getting used to but the focussed drive is nothing short of impressive.
Under the Infiniti G37's long bonnet lies a 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine, hence the G37 nomenclature and this is the case for the whole range. It produces 320PS (316bh) at 7,000rpm and 359Nm (265lbft) at 5,200rpm. The top speed is limited to 155mph but it takes just 5.9 seconds to get from standstill to 62mph and there's a great noise to go with it.
Obviously with an engine of this size, it is not going to be frugal and the official economy figures are 18.2mpg for the urban cycle, 36.2mpg for the extra-urban and the combined is 26.9mpg, with emissions of 246g/km. This is through the 7-speed automatic 'box but there is very little difference in opting for the 6-speed manual and, of course, it depends on how the car is driven.
It is clear that the Infiniti G37 majors on performance, gadgetry and luxury and it wins on all counts. It has far more features than I have mentioned, including a version with AWD, so you might be surprised at the prices, which range from £35, 380 for the Infiniti G37 GT Premium with manual transmission to £38,855 for the test car, the Infiniti G37S Premium with automatic transmission.
Although Infiniti outlets are still a little thin on the ground at the moment, it is well worth the trip to one of them just for a drive in the Infiniti G37.1 September 2010
Infiniti G Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Infiniti G37 Saloon Premium|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||5.9 seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||36.2 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 01/09/10)||£38,855|