Because the arena of rear-wheel-drive sport sedans is so very competitive, cars in this segment typically age in dog years, but the Infiniti G37 remains as compelling as it was when it debuted. Part of that, of course, has to do with the fact that this isn't the same car that launched in 2007. The engine has more power, and the automatic has gained two more speeds. The latter improvement only strengthens my opinion that the two-pedal G is the right way to go, as the six-speed manual offered for the car isn't particularly good and allows more of the VQ engine's harshness into the cabin. Even with the new transmission, the powertrain is this car's clear weak point. Sure, it can keep up with a BMW 335i or Audi S4 on a drag strip, but in terms of everyday refinement, it lags considerably. That's too bad, because the G is as good or better in every other dynamic department. I particularly like the way Infiniti has split the difference between BMW and Audi's approach to power assisted steering, resulting in a wheel that's lighter than that in the 3-series without feeling over boosted or artificial.
The interior looks pretty much the same as in earlier G37s we've driven, and remains one of my favorites for its excellent telematics and high-quality materials. Count me in with the group that loves the red leather surfaces.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor