Infiniti G35 Sport: Love the curvy view
July 19, 2007
One of my favorite elements of the G37 coupes we've tested recently is the seating position, which not only puts you in the right position to drive the car, but also gives you a great view of the car's rather stunning front-quarter-panel curves. Our G35 sedan has a more upright seating position than the coupe, but during my drive last night, I noticed that it, too, has a pleasing contour line in the driver's line of sight.
But last night's drive was more about the drive than aesthetic treats -- I'd been fiending for a chance to drive the G35 harder. Once you're moving at a decent clip, its funky clutch isn't a problem and the heft of the shifter moving through the gates is frankly satisfying.
Plus, as others have written, the engine sound and response as rpm climb (above 5,000-6,000) borders on intoxicating. After going around a few curves, the G seemed a bit heavy and soft. But much like a Z car, it likes to be driven in anger and the rewards were greater as I built up my pace. All in all, it's a rawer experience than you get with the BMW 330i/335i. Many of the little edges that have been refined out of the Bimmer are still present in the G, and in some moods, my affections lean toward the Infiniti.
I wonder about the stock brakes, though. After an hour of play, they were smelly and hot, and I'm hardly the most demanding driver on staff.
And I still have to come back around to the clutch. Had to leave the car with a hotel valet this morning, and while waiting in the parking circle after a meeting, I knew which car was mine before I even had the G in full sight -- could see a hint of silver rocking back and forth up the garage ramp. When the car was delivered to me, the stench of clutch permeated the cabin. That's something I'd have to deal with all time if I owned a G -- you can't always take the self-park option when you live in LA.
Erin Riches, Senior Content Editor