To their credit, Infiniti can not be accused of resting on their laurels. After a successive string of critical accolades and praise for the G35, nearly all aspects of the newly designated “G37″ have been upgraded for 2009. Both wider and lower than the previous generation of G cars, the “37” indicates the addition of a new V6 engine that displaces 3.7 liters. Perhaps most highly anticipated, and certainly most highly noticable of all of the G models is the 2009 G37 hard-top convertible (pictured below), which will be on display next month at the LA Auto Show and available for purchase in the middle of next year.
In addition to the all-new Infiniti G37 Convertible, the G lineup includes a Sedan and an all-new all-wheel-drive G37x Coupe (G37x). In all forms, potential G37 owners have either a new 7-speed automatic (with magnesium paddle shifters to boot) or 6-speed manual as transmission choice to mate with an impressive 3.7 liter V6 engine that generates 330 horsepower and peak torque of 269 lbs-ft. Given the bump up in power, overall gas mileage is slightly higher at a tidy 26 mpg. The convertible version features a three-part automatic retracting hardtop that successfully maintains a svelte coupe roofline.
Not suprisingly, given the glowing reviews Infiniti generally receives from critics and fans, in all forms the G displays an extremely high level of quality materials and construction that is on par with any of the traditionally dominant German automakers in which it is compared. For the performance-minded buyer, the most powerful of the lineup, the G37 Sport, features 19″ wheels, Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD), a sport-tuned suspension, sport brakes with four piston front/two piston rear calibers and 14-inch front and 13.8-inch rear rotors, special front fascia and side sills, sport-styled seats and steering wheel trim and what Infiniti calls a “self healing” clearcoat finish.
Also on the horizon, if all of that falls short of your expectations, is an even more aggressive G37 that will supposedly be an all-wheel drive, twin-turbocharged version capable of 500 horsepower. Estimates are that this not-so-top-secret vehicle will be capable of 185 mph and achieve a 0 to 60 mph time of less than 4 seconds. Pricing for the G37 starts at $35,900 for the base model and moves up to $37,000 for the Sport.