As we mentioned before, unfortunately we didn't get to test an all-wheel drive G37, or one with integral steering. Even so, the amount of juicy technical bits is more than enough for the casual techno-freak. Let's start with the platform itself, since it's defining for most of the Infiniti model range.
Just like in almost any BMW, the engine doesn't sit directly above the front axle since it's pushed as far back as possible. That can only mean two things. One: the interior space is a bit more cramped that what you would expect judging from the exterior size. Two: the overall mass is evenly distributed on the two axles, making for a very dynamic behavior when pushed to the limit.
Next, we might as well talk a little about the engine, since its 3.5-liter predecessor was on the "Ward's 10 best engines" list for six straight years. Compared to the 3.5-liter, our test car was fitted with a 3.7-liter V6 mill equipped with Nissan's/Infiniti's VVEL (Variable Valve and Event Lift).
With no less than 320 horsepower (European version) and 360 Nm (265.5 lb ft) on tap, you can probably guess that this thing moves. Its only downside might be the increased fuel consumption in the city, but at least it certainly doesn't disappoint performance-wise. It can rev to over 7000 rpm with no problems and has a very smooth torque delivery, which is probably mostly thanks to the automatic transmission.
Speaking of which, the seven-speed transmission was a surprise almost as nice as the engine. The shifts are almost seamless no matter if you're doing them manually from the magnesium paddle shifters or you just leave it in drive. Sure, changing from the "flappy paddles" gives you a sense of control that is immediately taken away after you learn that it takes forever to shift a gear. All in all though, we were pleasantly surprised by the technical bits on our test car.Continue reading