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Think of the Infiniti G Coupe as an athlete in a tuxedo. Sharing its platform and basic engine structure with Nissan's Z car, the G Coupe boasts the handling and performance of a sports car, but with the posh interior and creature comforts of a luxury model. It's an intriguing combination, and with ample feature content to go with a reasonable price, it gets even better.
Through two generations, the G Coupe (like its sedan sibling) has been a prime choice for a luxury sport coupe. It's also an alternative to more dedicated sports cars, offering a more livable and comfortable nature while giving up little in terms of ultimate thrills. Indeed, whether new or used, the G Coupe is an all-star.
Used Infiniti G Coupe Models
The current-generation Infiniti G Coupe was introduced for 2008. Initially, a four-wheel active steer system (4WAS) was available for those obsessed with pushing the technological envelope, but reactions were mixed, with several drivers noting diminished steering feedback in cars equipped with 4WAS. It was eliminated after '09.
Changes since have been relegated to additional navigation package features (Bluetooth streaming audio, for instance) for 2010. There was a low-production 20th Anniversary model that year, however, while the IPL showed up for 2011.
The original Infinti G Coupe was sold from 2003-'07 as the G35. It looked similar to its successor, but was more angular and, more notably, had a less luxurious interior, with lower-quality materials. A less powerful V6, different chassis tuning and a less stiff structure also make it a less advanced driver's car, but for the time, it was tough to beat and a true performance bargain.
As its name would suggest, the G35 was powered by a 3.5-liter V6. It produced 280 hp with the automatic and 298 with the manual. These horsepower numbers dropped to 275 and 293 for '07 and later because of a change in SAE testing procedures -- actual output did not, in fact, change.
There were a few changes to the G35 coupe during its lifetime. Inside, it benefited from a redesigned instrument panel and improved manual transmission with a lower shifting effort. For 2006, Bluetooth and a rear-steer system similar to 4WAS were added to the available features list, while the Sport package gained a unique front fascia and a big rear spoiler.
In our reviews, our feelings toward this Infiniti G35 coupe were quite similar to those of the current car. The main, significant difference was an interior filled with several cheap surfaces and some unintuitive controls. Still, if you're looking for a more budget-conscious alternative to luxury coupes or certain sports cars, the G35 should make a great used car purchase.
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