I was lucky enough to nab the G37 Anniversary Edition for a long weekend so I got to spend some quality time behind the wheel. The chassis is excellent; the steering has nice feel and is perfectly weighted -- I actually prefer it to the benchmark BMW 3-series -- and the ride is firm but rarely brittle even on Detroit's cracked and crumbling roads. I was disappointed by the G's engine and transmission though. Under normal driving conditions, they work in concert quite well: the engine provides plenty of power and the 7-speed automatic shifts quickly and almost imperceptibly. But under hard acceleration such as highway merging, the engine sounds like it's screaming for mercy and the 7-speed automatic's downshifts turn somewhat violent.
Like Rusty, I actually really like the muted red leather on the seating surfaces although I'm not sure I would be daring enough to order them for fear that I would tire of them pretty quickly. The cabin is comfortable and nicely laid out and the driver's seat feels as if it were made for me. Despite a few faults, from behind the wheel and aesthetically, the G37 is a world-class luxury sports sedan that all but the most demanding enthusiasts would enjoy.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor