The Infiniti G37 coupe has been around for a few years now (the previous generation was the G35), and it has become known for its elegant styling an sporty performance. And that performance is no surprise considering that the G37 shares the same platform as the new Nissan 370Z roadster. One thing has been missing, though: a convertible option. Well, Infiniti has rectified that problem, and a new 2009 G37 Convertible will be hitting dealer showrooms early this summer.
The decision to include a hard-top convertible option for the G37 was seemingly a reactionary move. Infiniti’s main competitors in the luxury coupe market, namely BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Lexus, all have their own hard-top models, so Infiniti needed to play catch-up. Sometimes when an automaker rushes model production in order to fill a perceived lineup gap, the resultant vehicle is a bit weak. This, however, is most definitely not the case with the G37.
The styling of the G37 coupe was ideally suited for the hard-top convertible treatment. The way that roof sloped and the length of the vehicle meant that very little had to be added. In fact, the convertible model is only a half-inch longer than the coupe. There is a cost, though: trunk space. Once the top is down, the trunk’s storage space drops to a meager two cubic feet. If you want the wind in your hair, then you better pack light.
Performance for the convertible is in line with the coupe. The 3.7-liter engine (hence the 37 in G37) remains strong, and the added weight of the hard-top (450 pounds over the coupe) doesn’t drag the car down. 0-to-60 mph time suffers by a few tenths of a second, but the difference is hardly noticeable in regular driving conditions. The hard-top also maintains body rigidity thanks to some tweaked suspension and anti-roll components. An optional Sport Package is available to bring the handling to coupe levels, and should be considered a must for all potential buyers. Cornering is stable and wind noise with the top up is minimal.
When the top is down, though, things get a little noisy. To address that concern, Infiniti created a wind blocker. There are two problems with the wind blocker. First of all, this car is going to cost in the high $40k’s, but Infiniti will charge extra for the wind blocker, which is a bit ridiculous. Second, while the wind blocker does do a good job at blocking wind, it covers up the back seat. If you have more than one passenger with you, get ready for a windy and noisy ride with the top down.
In all, the 2009 Infiniti G37 Convertible is a welcome addition to the Infiniti family. Time will tell whether sales will justify the model, as some potential buyers will probably be lured to the comparable models made by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Lexus. For those enamored with Infiniti’s sense of body styling, though, the G37 Convertible is the only option.