The Gentleman's Sports Car Powered by a roaring 3.7L V6 featuring 328-hp (330 on the coupe), this sedan features a 7-speed automatic transmission and an exhaust note that will send chills up your spine.
I recently had the opportunity to sample for a week what might potentially be, in my opinion, the most underrated car of recent times. I arrived expecting to pick up a manual, rear-wheel-drive coupe, and was therefore initially disappointed when I was handed the keys to an automatic, all-wheel-drive sedan. However, my opinion was swayed to the opposite end of the spectrum within the first fifteen minutes of driving.
The player? The 2012 Infiniti G37x Premium.
Powered by a roaring 3.7L V6 featuring 328-hp (330 on the coupe), this sedan features a 7-speed automatic transmission and an exhaust note that will send chills up your spine. Upon its release as the G35 in 2003, this car was Infiniti, or Japan’s answer to the world-renowned sports sedans of Europe. While the competing Lexus IS preceded this car by a few years, it never offered the sportiness or the “all-around package” the way the Infiniti does. At the same time, the G rejuvenated Infiniti’s image across the world.
As an enthusiast, I always prefer to row my own gears. Therefore, whenever I’m driving an automatic, I tend to play with the manual-shifting mode. However, other than the BMW 3-series’ 6-speed Steptronic, I had yet to find another automatic transmission that I wouldn’t rather shift myself. I definitely met my match with the 7-speed unit in this G37x. Cruising at 120 km/h on the highway in 7th gear felt just as natural to this car as revving high in the lower gears while tearing up the backroads.
Interior appointments in this car were stellar. Being a taller guy, I find myself having to crouch/twist a little more than I’d like to when getting into the G37x’s European competition. Also, with power seats becoming more and more common, I find it takes me a tad longer to find my ideal seating position. Not so with the Infiniti. Within seconds I had my seat/wheel/mirrors set to the perfect position and I was extremely comfortable for over 2500km in the car.
The reverse camera, navigation system, and Bose sound were great companions as well. The G’s rear end is a bit taller/longer than it could be, so the reverse camera is certainly a helpful thing to have.
The only real downside I had to this car was the fuel mileage. I somehow managed to get 9L/100km while cruising on the highway at 105 km/h without the A/C on and only myself in the car. The second I hit the city, the gas mileage took a complete dump. The car’s eagerness to go faster doesn’t help the mileage either. Don’t forget, Infiniti specifies both in the owner’s manual and on the inside of the gas door that this car needs 91-Octane (premium fuel) to provide optimal power delivery and long-term reliability.
Overall, the verdict I reached with this car was that it drives, feels, and sounds exactly like a European car, but without the inflated price tag, and hopefully without long-term reliability nightmares that the big names are associated with. We at DC loved this car so much that it’s manual counterpart is in the riding for the next addition to the stables of two of our editors!