As Joe says, there's something about driving the G35 that is very satisfying. The controls are well placed and intuitive, and the driver's environment is a comfortable place to be. I like that the paddle shifters are placed on the steering column rather than the steering wheel, but that's a personal preference and one that many staffers seem to disagree with. I'm not crazy about the starkness of the monochrome all-black interior in our test car, but the fit and finish and materials are first rate, and the "Japanese Washi paper" finish on the aluminum trim that graces the center console is quite attractive.
I find the V-6 to be very responsive, offering acceleration on demand with no hesitation. Sure, it isn't as smooth and seamless as BMW's inline sixes, but really, is there any six-cylinder engine on the planet that can match BMW's?
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor