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2012 Infiniti G Convertible Review

Friday April 27th, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

For: Hard-Edged Driver’s Package
Against: Goofy Top-Down Trunk Space

Even in Vibrant Red, Infiniti’s G37 Convertible looks innocuous enough to be confused with other low boiling point drop tops like Chrysler’s 200, VW’s Eos and Volvo’s C70. But unlike that trio of rather lethargic performers, the G is more wolf than sheep because it’s based on the Nissan 370Z, its hereditary brother. Thus, when you’re feeling the urge to crank on the speed, the G Convertible is more than up to the task because it shares its 3.7 liter V6 with Nissan’s ultra-quick 2-seat Z car. The G’s standard 7-speed automatic gearbox insures there’s a cog for every situation. Finding the right one is as easy as blipping the elephant-ear sized magnesium paddles fitted to the steering column (not the wheel), or popping the floor-mounted stick fore and aft. When dropping down a gear, you’ll instantly slot into the appropriate lower gear set, thanks to rev-matching throttle blips provided automatically on each downshift.

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If you opt for the $1,700 Sport Package, 19 inch alloys replace the standard 18 inch wheels. Ultra-sticky Bridgestone RE050A tires (225/45R19 front, 245/40R19 rear) mounted on smoked chrome 19 inch alloys afford excellent bite when cornering hard. Sport brakes and sport-tuned steering further elevate the driving experience. Although the G remains softly suspended for a comfortable ride, the extra body roll in switchback maneuvers never seems to detract from grip level at the Bridgestones’ contact patches. When pressed hard, the normally benevolent G morphs into a surprisingly adept back road tiger. Just be sure to deactivate the Traction Control System (TCS) via a dash-mounted button, located rather inconveniently out of sight left and below the steering column. Otherwise the TCS nanny will interrupt your progress at the most inopportune moments.

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Pebble Beach Concours – Infiniti Announces IPL G Convertible

Saturday August 20th, 2011 at 2:88 PM
Posted by: Derek

Infiniti IPL G Convertible

More than just focusing on engine power and acceleration, the Infiniti Performance Line, or IPL, product design philosophy focuses on “total vehicle performance,” including unique driving attributes and exclusive exterior and interior features.

Announced today at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance show in California, made by Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore, the addition of a new 2013 IPL G Convertible to the Infiniti Performance Line model lineup. The IPL G Convertible Concept features unique aerodynamic styling, the dynamic performance of an IPL-tuned V6, exhaust and suspension, 19-inch IPL aluminum-alloy wheels, three-piece retractable hardtop and a unique red leather-appointed interior set against a Malbec Black exterior – a level of equipment and performance modification expected to be shared with the production IPL G Convertible.

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Pebble Beach Concours – Infiniti JX Concept Unveiled

Thursday August 18th, 2011 at 7:88 PM
Posted by: Derek

Infiniti JX Concept

Infiniti used the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event to premier their 7-passenger, luxury crossover concept, the Infiniti JX Concept. The JX Concept is designed to excel in three areas – interior flexibility and roominess, safety, and innovative luxury features. The JX Concept was unveiled by Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura prior to its display throughout the weekend’s activities at the famed Lodge at Pebble Beach.

The interior, for example, the production Infiniti JX will offer what is expected to be class-leading roominess, along with a 2nd row seat design that tilts and slides forward providing exceptionally easy 3rd row access.

An example of an innovative safety feature is the Backup Collision Intervention that helps the driver detect crossing objects behind the vehicle and, if necessary, engage the brakes to help avoid a collision when the transmission is engaged in reverse.

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2011 Infiniti QX56 AWD First Impressions Review

Wednesday June 22nd, 2011 at 10:66 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

2011 Infiniti QX56
By contributing editor David Colman

Hits:

  • Feels invulnerable
  • Tour bus front seats
  • Swallows bikes

Misses:

  • Mismatched door-to-dash trim
  • Hard rear seats
  • Middling fuel mileage
  • Rearview mirror adjustment button inaccessible when seated

The QX56 comes alive when the sun sets. With its brilliant directional headlights scanning the countryside, its 3/4 overhead navigation tableau reeling off street names as you pass them, and the dual movie screens of the optional ($2,450) rear “Theater Package” blasting pixels into the dark, this Infiniti is the wonder of the digital age. While it’s not much to look at from outside, this boxy, heavy SUV gains all its momentum inside, where a palatial interior cocoons up to 8 occupants with Air Force One attention to detail. The BarcaLounger-sized front seats allow you to survey a jungle-like swath of Mocha Burl trim covering the outer rim of the steering wheel, the center stack of the dash, and the front quarters of all 4 doors. The driver’s seat adjusts in 8 ways, the passenger’s in 6.

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2011 Infiniti G37 S Review – The consummate wolf in sheep’s clothing

Tuesday May 31st, 2011 at 9:55 AM
Posted by: bclark

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By Bill Clark

Pros:

  • Blazing acceleration
  • Sports-car-like handling and braking
  • Comfortable seating for four adults

Cons:

  • 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!

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2011 Infiniti G37 Sport Review – A coupe joins the league of extraordinary gentlemen

Tuesday May 10th, 2011 at 1:55 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

2011 Infiniti G37 Coupe Sport
By contributing editor David Colman

Hits:

  • Inconspicuously Fast
  • Affordable
  • Handsome

Misses:

  • Pretext back seat
  • Weak XM SAT reception
  • Stick Shift Vibrations

The Infiniti G37 Sport is Nissan’s gentrified version of the 370Z. Its defanged appearance is the perfect antidote to the Z’s frontal overbite. Its Gentleman’s Club interior reconstitutes the Z car’s objectionably plastic cabin into a mature environment replete with dual zone climate control, power adjustments for steering wheel position, and infinitely configurable leather sport seats . But the G37 coupe has lost none of the Z’ intense sporting character as a result of the cosmetic transformation. The Infiniti’s 3.7 liter V6, good for 330hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque, rivals the identical power plant in the Z for brisk acceleration. The 6-speed manual transmission shifts with precision and alacrity. The stick is short, the leather festooned knob a pleasure to hold. The G37S will run the quarter mile in under 14 seconds at over 105mph, and complete the 0-60mph sprint in just 5.4 seconds.

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Infiniti Etherea Concept Car – A New Type of Luxury

Tuesday February 15th, 2011 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: aquadog

Infiniti Etherea Concept CarInfiniti will be debuting their compact luxury concept car, the Etherea, at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. Geared towards younger car buyers who are looking for a “new type of luxury”, the Etherea will take elements of a coupe, sedan, hatchback and crossover to create a car that is distinctly different from anything currently available in the luxury compact class.

The Etherea concept car features the crescent-shaped C-pillar from the Essence concept car, high-tech interpretations of traditional Japanese materials and finishes, a new mechanical layout and innovative access arrangements, making the 4.4m compact car feel spacious.

Photo gallery after the jump
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2011 Infiniti M56X AWD First Impressions Review

Thursday December 30th, 2010 at 12:1212 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

By contributing editor David Colman

Pros

  • Leather seats tailored to fit better than a Huntsman tailored suit
  • Lots of high-tech gadgetry which can be deleted from the options list saving you thousands of dollars
  • Performance specs that will make you dizzy

Cons

  • Infiniti user’s manual harder to read than an Ikea instruction manual
  • Undersized Michelin all-season tires

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2011 Infiniti QX56 Review – Bigger is Better!

Friday December 10th, 2010 at 1:1212 PM
Posted by: twain

By Twain Mein

Pros:

  • Amazingly nimble handling with surprising lack of body lean
  • Huge interior and more rear legroom than flying business class on Jet Blue
  • Powerful engine with excellent acceleration
  • Beautiful interior with incredibly comfortable seats
  • The traction of all-mode 4-wheel drive
  • A twin-turbo V8 that has more than enough muscle to haul your Airstream trailer and gets respectable MPG

Cons:

  • Controversial exterior styling
  • Ultra-wide chassis almost requires a “wide load” sign on the rear bumper
  • Cargo room behind third row is disappointingly small

The 2011 Infiniti QX56 is obscenely huge—across many dimensions. The 4WD version we tested tips the scales at 5,850 pounds or three tons with me on board. It’s also got a mammoth 5.6 liter engine that burps out 400 horsepower and 413 lb-feet of torque. Harnessing this engine is a seven-speed transmission which helps it to eek out an surprisingly efficient 14/20 mpg rating. The rig also roles on dubs; 275/50 series tires wrap 22 inch rims – yes, 22 inchers! In fact, at 208 inches long and nearly 80 inches wide, this behemoth is actually longer and wider than the Cadillac Escalade and positively dwarfs our 2006 Toyota Highlander. Infiniti keeps the jiggle to a minimum, though, by using hydraulic shocks to compensate for its mass providing surprisingly svelte handling.

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2011 Infiniti M56x Review – Your personal Learjet for the streets

Tuesday September 21st, 2010 at 11:99 AM
Posted by: bclark

By Bill Clark

Pros:

  • Prodigious power
  • Impeccable materials and craftsmanship
  • Game-changing luxury and technology

Cons:

  • Computer-controlled powerplant
  • No V-8 growl, just a exhaust note that sounds manufactured

Infiniti’s new M-series luxury sports sedan has the brains and the brawn to compete with Bavarian and German luxury car manufacturers. Under the spotlight Infiniti has used its M56x as a showcase to illustrate how technology should be put to use in everyday life; abundant and ever-present, but imperceptible and noninvasive. The M56x offers power, luxury, and technology in ways that you didn’t know you needed, but once you experience them, you won’t want to live without them.

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