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Review of 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe

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When Nissan created a VQ 3.5-liter engine, they knew they had a true hit on their hands, which is why they went on to use this engine in a large number of their Nissan and Infiniti models. Of course, Nissan eventually had to come up with a solid idea for an encore, which is why the 3.7-liter engine was born, with an improved variable valve timing system. Of course, then they went on to drop this mother of an engine into the legendary Skyline, which in the United States is known as the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe. Nissan built an extremely powerful, stylish and great looking sports coupe in the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe. The Infiniti brand is well known for cutting edge technology in the cabin, most of which can be found in the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe. This includes a navigation system that is hard-drive-driven, a music server, integration for iPod systems, integration for hands-free Bluetooth cell phone use, and an audio system designed by Bose, a leading name in the music industry.

One thing that I would like to note is that the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe does not have the greatest grip when it comes to wet roads, especially not when it first begins to rain and the road is exceptionally slick. I suppose that this is true for most vehicles, but I was a little disheartened to feel the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe sliding a little bit as we took turns in the rain during my first test drive. Perhaps this is because the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe I test drove was wearing standard summer tires, but the car was definitely having difficulty continuing in the direction that the tires were pointed in during especially tight curves. Personally, I think the incredible 3.7-liter V6 engine made up for all of the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe’s shortcomings. I really enjoyed this car’s engine!

Although I was having fun listening to my iPod in the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe, I turned my music down so that I could listen to the car. I was pleased to hear that the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe is a fairly quiet car, though listening to the 3.7-liter engine growling to life was a real treat. The 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe is capable of deep, throaty growls in the right circumstances, especially when we revved the engine high in second gear on long, winding roads.

Interior – Infiniti is known for offering a lot of impressive technology within the cabin of its vehicles. Not only does the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe continue this trend, but it pushes it further than ever before. The in-dashboard LCD is standard for the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe just like with many other Infiniti vehicles, even if you do not take the on-board navigation system option. There are a variety of different menus on this on screen interface, and everything is controlled with a large knob that has buttons set in the top of it. This is a fairly user-friendly system, though it is not always obvious whether you need to push a button or turn the large knob. There are also several sets of audio controls which create a little bit of confusion because some of the settings that you can play with the controls mounted midway down the stack cannot be replicated through the upper set of controls, but this is really an insignificant problem because all it takes is a little bit of getting used to. The 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe also comes with a Music Box hard drive, with navigation options and 9.3 GB worth of space on the hard drive for mp3 storage. The new hard-drive driven navigation system, if your 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe includes it, comes with XM live traffic reporting which is really nice to have when you’re in the car and stuck in traffic or running late for something important. I really enjoyed the 9.3 GB worth of hard drive space for music storage, which makes it easy to have your music at your finger tips and all times. As mentioned earlier in the review, there is also an adapter for an iPod, which works really well and gives you total access to your mp3 player through the dashboard screen interface in your car. The 11-speaker Bose sound system is pretty strong, but the quality is definitely above average though could use a little bit more refinement. I also really liked the Bluetooth hands-free cell phone integration, especially since talking with a Cellphone in hand while driving is such a no-no these days. The call quality was good overall, and I was satisfied with the voice-command system as it recognized all my commands with little issue. You can manually populate the phone book, but there is no integration for copying your cell phone’s contact list over automatically.

Under the Hood – Our high-expectations were not quite met when it came to what’s under the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe’s hood. This car looks stunning, and the engine is powerful and sounds amazing, but we had trouble getting a fast start right off the line, which was a problem in my book. The engine puts out about a peak 330 horsepower at around 7,000-rpm, with redline falling at around 7,500-rpm. Unfortunately, if you drop the clutch below around 4,000-rpm, you will have trouble feeling like much power is going to the wheels at all. Still, in second gear at around 40-mph, this car is truly satisfying.

The 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe that I test-drove starts at around $35,550, which may be a lot in comparison to other models, but is well worth it for all the bang that you get for your buck. You should definitely opt for the Premium package, which for an additional $3,200 affords you the Bose stereo system, iPod and Bluetooth integration, and a power adjustment option for your steering wheel. For an additional $1,150 or so, you can add on the technology package, which affords you adaptive headlights and cruise control. And of course the navigational package is truly necessary, and at around $2,200 is not bad for what you get out of the deal.

 

By JSC Editor

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