2012 Infiniti G37: Dark Knight of a sports sedan!

Auto review By Veeno Dewan

For 2012 the impressive Infiniti G37 range carries on with the updates from 2011. The coupe and sedan undergo some changes to their features and options packages; whilst the beautiful convertible introduced in 2009 carries on unchanged. Active looks, stellar performance, equipment levels and value for money compared to European rivals such as BMW, Mercedes and Audi make the G37 very attractive.

The G37 receives a new grille and fascia, base sedan adds standard eight-way power passenger seat and auto up/down rear windows. Meanwhile the coupe and sedan add new interior colours and aluminum interior trim appearance, white gauge colour scheme, rain-sensing wipers and new centre console design with revised lower centre stack on models with automatic transmissions

Exterior wise, the base model receives a new headlight design and separate fog lights, while the Sport model receives integrated fog lights and “blacked out” sport headlights. The base sedan also receives an eight-way power passenger seat and one-touch up/down on all windows.

Other changes include new interior and gauge colours, rain-sensing wipers, a new centre stack and console, an advanced climate control system, and an improved navigation system.

The G37 models all use a powerful 3.7-litre V6 engine that makes 328 horsepower in the sedan, 330 in the coupe, and 325 in the convertible. All come with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission. All are rear-wheel drive, while the coupe and sedan can also be ordered with all-wheel drive, called the G37x.

The base rear-wheel drive G37 sedan uses the automatic transmission and includes 17-inch alloy wheels, single-zone automatic climate control, xenon headlamps, fog lights, power mirrors, eight-way power leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, fold-down rear centre armrest with pass-through, illuminated entry, cruise control, auto up/down windows, keyless entry, illuminated vanity mirrors, pushbutton ignition, electroluminescent gauges, rain-sensing wipers, CD stereo with auxiliary input, XM satellite radio, seven-inch colour monitor, tire pressure monitoring system, and security alarm.

The all-wheel drive G37x sedan adds dual-zone automatic climate control, snow mode function, automatic xenon headlamps, heated seats, heated mirrors, rearview monitor, garage door opener, Bluetooth connectivity, and USB port.

The rear-wheel drive G37S Sport uses the six-speed manual and builds on the G37x features list, adding 18-inch alloy wheels, high-performance tires, viscous limited-slip differential, sport-tuned suspension, four-piston front and two-piston rear calipers, “blacked out” headlamps, power sunroof, sport side sills, unique sport front fascia, sport seats with driver’s side memory, aluminum pedals, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, rear sonar system, and premium Bose stereo with 2 GB Music Box Flash Memory Server.

The rear-wheel drive G37 coupe uses the seven-speed automatic and includes 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic xenon headlamps, heated mirrors, power sunroof, eight-way power-adjustable heated leather seats with driver’s side memory, folding second-row seat back, illuminated entry, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, 2.0 GB Music Box Flash Memory Server, USB port, XM satellite radio, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, power tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, rain-sensing wipers, rearview monitor, auto up/down windows, Intelligent Key with pushbutton start, illuminated vanity mirrors, tire pressure monitoring system, and security alarm.

The rear-wheel drive G37 Sport coupe adds 19-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, sport seats, magnesium paddle shifters, and aluminum pedals.

The rear-wheel drive G37 Sport MT coupe uses the six-speed manual transmission and adds viscous limited-slip differential.

On the road; fast cornering is knife sharp and precise, and along with the high performance brakes delivers excellent performance in fast stops. I also really like that seven-speed automatic transmission that seems incredibly quick with little delay in the shift points. The “intelligent” transmission feature holds gears, adjusts and holds the throttle input superbly to match the engines need and the driver inputs; you can also have fun with paddle shifters if you wish. The G37 still remains a very luxurious and high-performance Grand Toured. Whether you buy the Sedan, Coup or Convertible, the G37 is very satisfying.

2012 Infiniti G37 Priced from $36,390 – $46,540