For 2008, Infiniti made significant changes to its G Coupe, adding .2 liters of displacement to the engine, building a new valve management system, updating the cabin electronics, and refining the exterior.
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2008 Infiniti G37 Sport front The front fenders, rising up like blades, are the most striking feature of the G37's body.
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The 3.7-liter V-6 engine is a refinement over the previous G35 model's 3.5-liter V-6. The new engine produces 330 horsepower at 7,000rpm, and has a redline up to 7,500rpm.
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As a coupe, the G37 only has two doors. It does have rear seats, but they are cramped, the lack of space exacerbated by the low, sloping roofline.
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Infiniti kept its same basic interface from previous years. It uses a big dial topped by directional buttons to make inputs on the LCD. The LCD itself is a standard feature of the car, present even if a navigation option isn't chosen.
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The rear of the G37 is nicely designed, although the chrome lip on the trunk is an odd choice. Many other cars use the trunk lip for the middle brake light, but Infiniti chose to put it in the cabin, on the rear deck.
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Sports seats get electronically adjustable bolsters as part of the Premium package. The seats are comfortable enough, and keep you in place during hard cornering.
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There is very little room in the rear of the G37, and passengers in these seats will most likely find their heads pushing up against the roof.
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The steering wheel includes buttons for Bluetooth cell phone integration and audio control.
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The speedo and tachometer are nicely designed, luminescent with a blue background flare. The tach has a redline of 7,500rpm.
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The Sport trimmed G37 gets a six-speed manual, with other trim levels getting a five-speed automatic. This shifter works well, making satisfying, short throws to the gears.
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Infiniti needs to do some more work on its audio interface, as some of these buttons have functions duplicated on the LCD, while others don't.
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There are three pages of presets for regular and satellite radio. You can't use this interface to tune radio stations, but only to select presets.
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The optional iPod integration lets you choose music from your iPod by artist, album, genre, playlist, or track.
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The iPod cable is located in the center console. The car keeps the iPod charged, and all control is through the car's audio interface. The G37 also includes RCA jacks for audio and a composite video jack.
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It's easy to choose folders on an MP3 CD with this interface. You can push the down and up buttons, or turn the dial, to move from one folder to the next. The enter button opens the selected folder.
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If you get the navigation option, you also get 9.3GB of space on its hard drive to store music. Infiniti calls it the Music Box.
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This screen doesn't show you the exact average mileage, instead relying on a bar graph. We would prefer a numerical read out. During our time with the car, we got about 19 mpg, never breaking an average of 20 mpg.
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Cell phone integration is managed through voice control. Screens like this give you feedback, showing you available commands.
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In Japan, the Infiniti G37 is branded as the Nissan Skyline 370GT, a model name with a lot of history as the basis for a successful racecar.
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With a five-speed automatic transmission, the Skyline gets paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel.
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To the upper left of the big dial is a button labeled "Carwings." This is a new feature from Nissan, only offered in Japan, which makes certain Internet information, such as local search, available to the driver.
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Along with iPod integration and CD ripping, the Skyline's audio system also has a flash memory reader, giving drivers another source of digital music.
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