ABQG35C, You are absolutely right about everything. I just went down to the dealership and drove it last night with my GF and OMG, what a great car.
*Note, cars I have driven to compare to this experience are:
My 04 G35 AT (with the below mods in my sig...)
Honda Accord Coupe
(have NOT driven the 335I yet)
First off, most all of you know about the hard drive in the dash as well as the flash card. I knew there was a flash card to help transport songs back and forth from my computer, but I did not know you could rip your CD's onto drive just by loading them. Also, the sound system is excellent. The sound imaging is very impressive and if you close your eyes, you can't pinpoint where the sound is coming from. I think the center channel speaker helps a lot with that.
Further, the voice navigation feature WITH TOUCHSCREEN is a clutch move in Infiniti's. Not only do I NOT have to use the ghey little joy stick that doesn't work very well, I can opt NOT to use my hands at all and just tell her where to go!!
The reverse camera is a nifty feature that will impress your passengers and could actually help you avoid that low-lying obstical like the bike that little Billy parked right behind your ride as your getting ready to go.
I don't know about your cars, but the A/C in this one was cold. It was a hot day outside and I literally had to turn it down since I was freezing inside the car and it wasn't even on full blast!
I'm 6'3" and the head room is about the same as in my coupe. I was hoping for about 2 inches more and they gave me about 1. Oh well, as long as I fit
Seeing the car in person, IMO, is better than the pictures. I was among all of you that had the same general gripes about how it looked compared to the Concept G35/G37 coupe, but this car still puts a smile on your face when you witness its profile. The wheels are beautiful and the huge brake system that compliments them, complete the desire for a full wheel well of eye candy. 19"s btw.
THE DRIVING EXPERIENCE:
Press the start button and the dignified, yet powerful 330hp engine comes to life. The gauges boast hue of deep blue with red accents that instantly catch your eye and tell you that someone actually decided to make an instrument cluster worth paying attention to. The exhaust is smooth and definitely not as loud as our systems, yet still provides a nice note when WOT. Throw, the shifter into DS mode, tap the paddle shifter to lock the system into the manual mode, and you're off.
First thing you notice is the sensitivity of the braking system ready to halt the experience to a safe speed. The steering communicates a confidence to the driver letting you know that even though you may push it into a corner too hard, it will not pull any tricks on you when you're hard on the throttle to exit the turn. I had some doubt in the new G37 suspesion and was questioning the firmness of the ride since I have my set-up 3 inches from the ground and have a very nice handling car. From the rough entrance onto 280 from Steve's Creek in San Jose down the freeway a few miles, and into some twisties, I was pleasantly surprised at how well it handled and how smooth the ride was. Though my gf, whose head was just barely touching the rear window in the back didn't have the same to say when she got out, we were all pleased with the general comfort. The valving of the struts were soft enough to maintain a comfortable ride, yet firm and controlled when a sharp turn was asked of it.
The power of the drive train was wonderful. Off the line, it has good power compared to my ride, but not the raw feeling that I get from the mods I have on my car, (of course the G37 is still stock and a set of dual pop chargers and an exhaust system could help fancy my needs for a less refined driving experience). The mid range seemed to lack where my car pulled, but boy did I like reving to almost 8K RPMs. I always felt like our cars didn't hit the engine note they needed to, but this one does. And for all you automanual drivers out there that miss shifts due to the slow response of the tranny, that problem is definitely solved. The paddle shifters shift extremely quickly and downshift with the same urgent response. If there was one characteristic of the car that I wanted in my life, it was the crisp shifts.
The merge onto the freeway took us to about 100mph without me even hesitating. The ride didn't fluster anyone in the car and no one even bothered to check the speed until I brought it up. Through a twisty road, the grip of the Potenza's was there for you and the balance of the suspension put the power of the rear wheels in a comfortable launch position with less feeling of over steer.
I was sad to have to give the car back to the dealership, but I am thankful to be among the first to drive it since it doesn't come out until the 16th (only 6 more days) and I won't be able to afford it then either
Hope you all get a chance to go experience it for yourself. I loved the car and hope that all of you will too. It's a great compliment to the already legendary G35 coupe and it has the potential to look and perform far beyond it's beginnings.