By Bill Clark
- Blazing acceleration
- Sports-car-like handling and braking
- Comfortable seating for four adults
- Sports-car-like ride all the time
- Sluggishly-programmed paddle shifters
- Addicting to drive fast
With a penchant for sports cars and a baby on the way, what’s a guy to do? I do love my 2007 350z, but how practical is it? Is there anything out there with 4 doors that could take its place? There really wasn’t anything I could think of with four doors that would foot the bill. That was, until I spent some quality time behind the wheel of a 2011 Infiniti G37 sedan. That’s right – 4 doors and a lot of fun!
I tested the G37 Sedan Journey model with every available option: Technology package, Premium package, sport package, navigation package, R-spec high-friction brake pads, and interior high-gloss maple accents. These options brought the base price of $35k up to $44,245.
Overall, I’d say the sport package is an absolute must-have since it brings big-brakes, staggered (wider rear than front) wheels and tires on larger 18 inch wheels, viscous limited-slip differential, paddle shifters, and sport front fascia and side sills. The rest of the packages are up to you.
The G37 brings dramatic, fluid, drop-dead gorgeous looks to an otherwise bland automotive segment. The 2010/2011 G37 models get a slight facelift over previous models and the sport package gives the rounded car a slightly harder look.
That being said, the sedan version of this car is beautiful, but also very demure-looking. You really have no idea what you’re in for until you drive it. Once you have enough tarmac and no one in front of you, floor it from a stand-still and be prepared for the big ear-to-ear grin that ensues. The close-ratio 7-speed automatic transmission is geared for performance and keeps the 328HP/269TQ 3.7-liter V6 in the fattest part of the power-band for a blistering 5.0-second 0-60 and 13.5 sec ¼-mile times as reported by our friends at Motor Trend. That’s on-par with or better than many sports-cars, and incredible when you consider it’s 3800 pound curb weight.