Auto Review: Potent and beautiful: G37x Coupe

By Bill Heald - ReminderNews
Feature Article - posted Thu., Aug. 4, 2011
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We all have our particular automotive tastes, and no genre of four-wheeler generates more passionate and opinionated debate than sports cars. There’s a broad variety of sporty rides out there, too, including sedans, convertibles and my personal favorite, the two-door coupe. There’s something about the compact package, smooth, sensual lines, light weight and aggressive stance that defines this as a real driver’s car. When you add all-wheel drive into the mix (which improves handling and performance year ‘round), you’ve got more than a really special sports car – you have Infiniti’s G37x AWD Coupe.

The coupe version of Infiniti’s G37 comes in four flavors: Coupe, Coupe Journey, Coupe Sport 6MT and G37x Coupe AWD, which is the ultimate expression of this high-performance machine (and our guest for the week). It’s powered by a technologically-loaded 3.7 V6 that, despite its fairly small size, pumps out a robust 330 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque.

Channeled through a seven-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control, power gets to the pavement via one of the longest acronyms in the industry, ATTESA-ETS. This (of course) stands for Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All-Electronic Torque Split, and it responds with electronic quickness to changing road and traction situations that leave conventional hydraulic all-wheel drive systems in the dust, so to speak. When conditions are ideal, the G37x is basically a rear-drive coupe like the rest of the lineup, and the front wheels only come into play when necessary. The result is a Velcro-like grip on the road during dry conditions, and when combined with the sport suspension (which boasts generous use of aluminum components for quicker response), the Coupe tames rough, bumpy corners with a great mix of compliance and stability. If the weather turns slippery (like during a sudden thunderstorm), the system adapts immediately to keep you on track and in control, demonstrating an all-weather versatility few sporting platforms can match. Steering response is quick without being overly light, and that wonderful quality of solidarity that makes coupes like this a personal favorite is present in abundance. Superb brakes are fortified by an extensive compliment of the latest in Infiniti’s impressive stash of safety gear, keeping you protected as well as exhilarated.

Inside, the G37x Coupe is an excellent place for two, with wonderfully supportive leather sport seats and the kind of quiet, intimate atmosphere that makes a two-door cabin such a cozy space. There is 2+2 seating, meaning there are perches for two behind the front seats, but this is best used for cargo, as room access and room is tight. But this is, after all, a true sports coupe, with the kind of power, handling and refinement that make it a real treasure for the driving enthusiast.

The 2011 Infiniti G37x Coupe AWD is EPA-rated 18 MPG city/25 highway and has a base price of $39,300. With options, our sticker came to $48,625.

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