In case you haven't noticed by now, we kind of dig the Infiniti G37 Sedan. We didn't exactly appreciate it in the city, nor we were extremely enthused by its rather "conservative" approach to its passenger space, but you can really comprehend its true qualities once you get outside the city and let it stretch its muscles.
With a naught to 100 kilometers per hour (0-62 mph) time of 5.9 seconds and a maximum speed of 250 km/h (155.4 mph) to keep you from flying, this is not exactly a family-friendly sedan. The 3.7-liter V6 under the hood can rev through the roof and has enough torque to catapult you every time you "kick it" on the highway, almost not-depending on you speed.
Speaking of which, just like the German triumvirate of premium car makers (Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi), Infiniti decided to electronically limit the car's top speed to 250 km/h (155.4 mph). This is just another reason to believe that Infiniti is gunning straight for BMW in the premium sedan market.
So, what about handling? To put it simply, it's exquisite. Although our test car wasn't equipped with the optional all-wheel steering system, nor all-wheel drive, we can vouch for the fact that it simply flies around corners. Flick the shifter into Sport mode and you can feel what a true sports sedan should drive like. The steering is as accurate as an Einstein formula and the suspension setup is great for both autobahn cruising and joyride through the mountains.
The seven speed gearbox is one of the best automatic transmission we've ever experienced, with a feeling somewhat close to a dual-clutch sequential. Sure, it doesn't get anywhere Volkswagen's DSG/Porsche's PDK when it comes to responsiveness or ferocious redline shifts, but it does offer something most automatics don't: a rev-matching feature. This alone can transform you into a crazy driver who accelerates and then immediately brakes just to hear the revs go up by themselves, exactly like in a manual while engine braking. Neat stuff!
As far as the fuel consumption goes, we managed two highly antithetic figures, and both are depending on whether the driver has a lead right foot or he's just cruising on the highway. Well, so it turns out that if you're actively trying to be the fastest person on the road the fuel consumption will be at least 14-15 liters per 100 kilometers (US 15.7-16.8 mpg), especially on serpentine mountain roads. On the other hand, using the (highly intelligent) cruise control system on the highway will get you in the ballpark of around 8-9 liters per 100 kilometers (US 26.1-29.4 mpg).Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
Self healing paint? It has self healing paint? You mean that I can scratch the hell out of it in the parking lot and it will repair itself? Oh my gawd that is sooo awesome! I could park this anywhere and however I want, with no consequences. This is truly the coolest thing ever.
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