2013 Infiniti G37xs Coupe Review
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It sounds great, too, with a throaty growl that encourages juvenile behavior with the throttle.
Luxury sports sedans and sports coupes are an interesting breed. It's difficult to balance a need for speed with the extra weight that accompanies a car laden with upscale goodies, but some brands have tried. Some have even succeeded.
BMW's made a living of blending sport and luxury, and rival Infiniti - Nissan's luxury arm - has done a decent job of aping the Bimmer crew. It's G line of sedans and coupes don't quite match the intense performance focus of the Bavarians, but they aren't slouches, either.
The formula here is simple: big power meets high tech. It's all meant for the executive that actually wants to get to the meeting a hurry.
Infiniti tossed us the keys to a G37x (the x stands for all-wheel-drive) for a week, and we managed to keep the tires intact (but not necessarily our wallets, this thing sucks gas) long enough to get a sense of what it's like to live with one.
It sounds great, too, with a throaty growl that encourages juvenile behavior with the throttle. Those gas-pedal pushes come with a cost - the G37x swallows fuel in whole gulps - but the aural experience and the tremendous thrust make it worth it.
Ride is on the stiff side, bordering on punishing at times on broken pavement, but the trade-off is razor-sharp handling, thanks to the precision steering, which has nice heft to it, in addition to being dead-on accurate.
It's not as dialed in as the BMW 1-Series (one of its main rivals) but it's close. It's an absolute joy to drive, even if it does get tiresome in heavy commuting duties thanks to the boy-racer exhaust and stiff ride. It's the pony car for grown-ups.
If it were our car, we wouldn't hide it in the garage.
Coupes being coupes, the rear seat is not a good place for adults, but legroom and headroom is adequate upfront. Sports coupes being sports coupes, the seats are more heavily bolstered than the norm.
The cockpit is a bit tight, but it's luxurious enough, and it does the luxury/sport balance better than the Bimmer, which has fewer features and less luxury looks for only slightly less money.
And it delivers. Be ready to sacrifice rear-seat space and prepare to become familiar with your local self-serve pump, but those sacrifices are worth it in a car this engaging to drive and quick off the line.
True purists will opt for the similar Nissan 370Z. Those who need a rear seat and civilized respectability while still having plenty of fun will find about 330 good reasons to plunk down more than 50 large.
Torque: 270 lb-ft
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
Drive Wheels: All-wheel-drive
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
Base Price: $41,450
Price As Tested: $51,245 (including $895 destination charge)
Available Features: Bluetooth, USB, navigation, satellite radio, intelligent cruise control, brake assist, rear sonar system, rearview camera, power tilt/telescope steering wheel, premium audio system