Luxury MotorSports on a Budget
By Leoviscus on Thursday, July 18, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Excellent Acceleration/Premium Interior/Great Look"
Cons: "15-20MPG/Backseat a Little Small"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I am a proud owner of a G35 2006 Coupe.
If you're not an Infiniti G fan already, or you're looking to trade up from your Corolla S, and can afford it, the G35/G37 is basically a BMW M3 on a budget and larger body 350Z Nissan. Perfect balance between luxury and sports. Regarding the Coupe.
It's an Infiniti so you can expect real leather interior, clock on the center controls, power everything and durability. It's not as nice as a true Audi or BMW but it gets close and totally MUCH better quality material than the 350Z. But the biggest win is that it has a back seat, which the Nissan Z lacks, although it's not a large backseat on the Coupe it's big enough to take couple friends for short rides (not roadtrips) or to use as extra trunk space, ideally perfect in every way for two people ofcourse. This larger interior makes it slightly heavier than the Z hence a tiny bit slower, but unless you're going to be drag racing every weekend you wont notice hardly any difference between everyday driving with the G35 to the 350Z. The G wins hands down in comfort & utility, but not on a track time. The premium Bose Sound system is also amazing.
The really important stuff! Under the hood the G35 is a 350Z minus a few tiny differences. Both cars share the same VQDE mid-ship engine platform, they are 3.5L V6 top performers (awarded best engine for 10yrs) despite a few minor differences on the intake and exhaust systems both cars are twins in essence. With a few bolt-on mods to the G35 you'll be faster than most V8s out there, and competition to stock Mustang GTs and you'll blow every other "equivelant" V6 out of the water.(Of the same year) Your independent suspension will also make you faster than the competition around turns and the minimal body roll/telescopic steering makes the G35 handle like a dream. Red-line is 7k rpms and the exhaust note is beautiful just how it comes from the factory, not overly loud but just right. It purs quietly like a cat when on idle, but ROARS like a lion when pushed to the limit. When it comes down to the nitty gritty the G35 is prob the best performing car for the money you put down, nothing of the same price will beat you. I've hit 155 without GPU computer mods, trust me when I say she's fast enough, and off-the-line she's no slow poke either, she's a solid 6.0 seconds flat 0-60 sprints and 15 sec quater miles basically on every street road (with good tires/Potenza RE-11). These are REAL STREET NUMBERS I personally tested multiple times, not magazine pro-driver/track times, so you know what to expect in the REAL WORLD.
If you're looking for a perfect balance between sports/luxury/comfort/utility and dash of speed/acceleration the G35 gives it all! For the same price you'll be REALLY HARD PRESSED to find a better performer and you carry the stamp of Infiniti which gives you an edge on every turbo'ed Neon or Civic. This is by far the funnest car to drive I've ever owned and after getting used to it, nothing's quite the same anymore, you can only move up from here because it spoils you to everything else. Daily commutes are a joy inside the G.
The only shortcommings of the G35 is that you wish you had more! More speed, More Luxury, More Power, etc.. The G35 is not a racer/track car (although it almost is) but it can hang with the big dogs, if you want true sports emphasis get the 350Z, but you'll loose the luxury and utility of the G35. Also the G is Rear-Wheel Drive, not All-Wheel drive, so unless you got real nice tires you may spin when opening the full throtle from full stop or on turns. At least it's NOT a lame Front-Wheel Drive.
The best way to describe the G Coupe is to say it's the M3's coupe little brother, not quite as much luxury, not quite as much muscle but literally HALF the Price tag. The G35 is an athele (350Z) with a business suit on, poised/refiened/luxurious and ready to sprint if called upon."
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