2007 Infiniti G35 Performance
This performance review was written when the 2007 Infiniti G35 was new.
Reviewers say the G is a driver's car. "In road tests and reviews, our editors have found the G35 to be a thrilling car to drive, with a direct connection between car and driver," reports Edmunds.
Most reviewers echo the sentiment. The G's steering and handling are particular standouts. Automobile Magazine says, "the G35 is a neutral handler with plentiful grip." The sums up the driving experience in the G compared to others in its class: "It might not be quite as intuitive as a 3-series, but the car is far more confidence-inspiring than that other Bimmer-hunter, the Lexus IS350."
The only aspect of the G's performance that received mixed reviews was the transmission. Edmunds summed up the view of a slight majority, saying, "the five-speed's proper gearing, attentive action and ability to match revs perfectly when manually downshifted makes the transmission a standout and the perfect choice for this very capable sport sedan." A vocal minority found the automatic transmission lacking, particularly during slow acceleration. "Choose the standard manual gearbox if you wish to avoid the automatic's somewhat unpredictable nature," recommends Autobytel.
Acceleration and Power
The 2007 Infiniti G sedans are powered by Nissan's VQ-Series V6 engines, which have been on Ward's Auto World magazine's list of 10 best engines for 12 years. The 3.5-liter engine is in its fourth generation, and for the 2007 G is made with 80 percent new or redesigned parts, including some made from lighter alloys. That allows the engine to produce an impressive 306 horsepower and run from zero to 60 in under seven seconds in the sedan. "While the G35 doesn't have a V8, it provides V8-style acceleration," says MSN. The G coupes are powered by a standard 3.5-liter V6 with 275 horsepower, and the G coupe 6MT model has a 3.5-liter V6 with 293 horsepower.
Though the VQ-series V6 has won scores of accolades for its power, its most innovative characteristic in the G is its location. Mounted in the front-midship position, the engine is pushed as far back in its compartment as it can go without invading the passenger cabin. This puts much of the engine weight toward the middle of the car, leading to superior balance and handling. "Not only does the new V6 reportedly give the G35 an advantage over its European rivals, it should be capable of edging out its Japanese competitor from Acura, and possibly even the mighty Lexus IS 350," reports Automobile Magazine.
However, in any position, the VQ-series V6 would make the G a blast to drive. Reviewers say the 2007 engine breathes easier than previous models and has a higher rev limit, making the G35 willing to run as hard as the driver wants to push it, and with 306 horses, many drivers will find it difficult to resist the temptation. New Car Test Drive says "the substantially reworked 2007 engine invites a heavy right foot, delivering its added power smoothly and strongly right up to the borderline motorcycle-level, 7500-rpm red line."
The base engine on G coupes has an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated fuel economy of 16 miles per gallon in the city and 23 on the highway. The 6MT coupe gets an EPA estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city and 24 on the highway. The sedan engine gets an EPA estimated 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway.
The G is available with a five-speed automatic transmission or a close-ration six-speed manual. Both ably handle the engine's power output, though a minority of reviewers didn't like them. Some reviewers found the manual's clutch to be too heavy, making slow-speed driving rocky. All reviewers, however, found the shift pattern tight and shifting easy. With the automatic, many reviewers reported a "lazy" response when accelerating slowly; however, at full throttle, the transmission came to life.
Handling and Braking
The 2007 Infiniti G offers some of the best handling in its class. "Nobody but BMW owners will complain about the G35's handling. Front-end grip borders on the remarkable, while body control and balance are superb," reports Edmunds. In fact, reviewers couldn't get enough of the G on curvy roads. "It takes a set and just carves," enthuses the ; CNET found that "the G35 is really in its element during sport driving."
New Car Test Drive says that "handling is on par with any of its peers," but that great handling can come at a price -- particularly in the Sport model. The Sport model has a sport-tuned suspension to better slice through curves, but that suspension is so tight, it can be rough on the passengers. USA TODAY notes that the "stiff suspension on the Sport model will be too firm for some. And it seems unnecessary because the non-Sport models hardly are wallow-wonders in corners. "
The only time the G's handling is called into question is when pared against the top-of-the-class 3-Series. During a comparison test with the BMW, Car and Driver found the G's "wheel feel is a little artificial and heavy, and the tires impact bumps with a tad more bounce-back through the body."
The G sedans come with a standard 3.6-liter 306 horsepower V6 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission.
G35x AWD Sedan
The 2007 G35x AWD sedan comes with all of the performance features of the base G sedan but adds intelligent all-wheel drive, a feature many reviewers found to improve road grip and handling.
Infiniti G coupes come with a standard 3.5-liter 275 horsepower V6 and a five-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can opt for a sport-tuned suspension.
G35 Coupe 6MT
The Infiniti G35 coupe 6MT comes with a standard 3.5-liter 293 horsepower V6 engine and a close-ration six-speed manual transmission. A sport-tuned suspension is also standard.