Infiniti G35 Coupe

heatmiser1heatmiser1 Member Posts: 122
This one looks HOT! Rear wheel drive, 275+HP, 260+ ft-lbs torque, 6 speed manual, 350Z styling, 2+2 form factor, fold down rear seats, etc. Coming out Fall 2002!


  • carshp24carshp24 Member Posts: 2
    I saw the pictures in Autoweek a few weeks ago. Nice. Maybe this will get the Lexus folks to think about an IS300 coupe...
  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Member Posts: 1,982
    I dunno: it looks pretty much like the Z to me!



    Not that I don't like; I DO! But what's the point of competing with yourself?
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Member Posts: 4,502
    ...included a 2+2 model. I believe that Nissan has stated that the 350Z would strictly be a 2 seater. So, maybe the G35 is a proxy 350Z 2+2.
    The G coupe looks goooood...

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  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Member Posts: 1,982
    Don't most 2+2 versions end up being either the [non-permissible content removed] step children, or the "geriatric-option" of the lineup?

    Not really a slam, here, it's just that whenever I hear "2+2", the overlong, and overweight 280z and it's successors spring immediatley to mind. Even a venerable XKE 2+2 is somehow less appealing to me than the coupe.

    I guess since a two-door competitor is lacking at Infiniti stands it's something that makes sense, but I wonder if enough will take the bait, instead of just grabbing a Z for (I should think) less...
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Member Posts: 6,249
    The BMW 3 series coupe is a 2+2 and the G35 coupe's exact target. The only other option of an entry level lux coupe is the downright pathetic CL Type-S. Obviously that's a FWD car, so it's not a legit bit of comp for the Bimmer and G.

    Also, the G35 Coupe is NOT a dedicated sports car like the Z. they're going for two very different markets. If one wants a sports car, the Z is the choice. If one wants the entry-level performance luxury coupe, then he gets the G or Bimmer.
  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Member Posts: 1,982
    Gotcha! And I'm not saying you're wrong, as far as targets and available options go, just that it might not get enough of an audience.

    The 3 is an interesting comparison for me, because I don't think of it as a lux/perf.-coupe, but rather as a two-door lux/perf.-sedan. It started its life as a benchmark sedan and had two doors surgically removed, rather than being stretched from a real coupe. Also, it does not have a real two seater sibling, since the roadster/coupe is a very different car, I believe. Same can be said for the CL-s, though from a different benchmark. I think they're successful, in part, for that reason.

    I think stretching a coupe originally penned AS a coupe usually yields less than perfect results, and I'm driving just such a coupe. It's nice and it does most all of the things I need it to, but the real coupe is a more capable car with better proportions that unfortunately can't carry my kids comfortably! My coupe's sales are tanking, BTW, while the real coupe's are on a roll.

    I'm not knocking the G, but I question whether it will sell in quantities sufficient to sustain it, given that the Z is available.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Member Posts: 6,249
    Are you saying the FM platform can't sustain different variations of sedan, coupe and 2 seater? The current G's a fine sedan and the G35 coupe sports the same wheelbase, just it's wider has shorter overhangs and a lower roofline than the sedan. The 350 is even smaller, with a wheelbase that's chopped an additional I think 6-8 inches (possibly more).

    The skyline's been around Japan for over a year, so the G35's underpinnings seem to be original design of that FM platform. The Z is the shortened version.

    And once again, Nissan is selling the two cars to very different groups. Those who buy a 2 seater sports car aren't the same as those cats who fork over for a performance luxury coupe. Nissan isn't targeting the BMW with the 350z, but the Bavarians are definitely the only ones in the crosshairs of the G35c.

    I can't see the Z or G stealing sales from one another because they're on different missions. you want all-out action and no usability or luxury, then it's the Z. You want luxury, utility, performance and some choice beyond a 330ci, it's the G.
  • babyloubabylou Member Posts: 31
    The G35 coupe is gonna sell well simply because it looks so damn good. Styling is the trump card for the common herd.
  • WarpDriveWarpDrive Member Posts: 506
    It somehow comes across more well integrated without the seam below the c-pillar and more horizontal taillights. Also, a real grille seems to add some detail to the front.

    The Z never caught my fancy but the G35 seems to work much better.
  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Member Posts: 1,982
    I'm wrong, I guess.

    I know there's a market for it. How big I guess I leave up to you guys!

    Like I said before, I'm not knocking it, but I'd rather be in the Z myself...
  • hgileshgiles Member Posts: 66
    If the Z and the G35 coupe have similar braking, handling, and speed then I would prefer the G35 coupe AND the Infiniti dealer experience over the Nissan one. If the Z is head and shoulders over the G35 coupe, especially regarding handling, then I'll go with the Z. One of these suckers is my next car. I love them both.
  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Member Posts: 1,982
    I also find them extremely appealing.

    But my coupe fascination is over, and my next car appears to be an IS300 Sportcross.

    Still, if I could do a third car...
  • canadianclcanadiancl Member Posts: 1,078
    Both are great-looking but the 2 extra seats (albeit small) add flexibiliy, and I don't like hatchbacks.
  • ezshift5ezshift5 Member Posts: 858
    ..........I concur with the two market take (G35C/350Z). While I'm not all that sure about your pathetic label for the Acura CL.........I would bet the G35 would tend to make Honda/Acura uneasy. Do we know for sure about the G35 coupe rear seat fold-down capability? ez
  • verozahlverozahl Member Posts: 574
    Acura has the RSX and the CL. The G is midrange between these, it seems.

    The G and Z both look good, but I'm waiting to see how these designs influence the final R35 GT-R that comes over.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Member Posts: 6,249
    >>Acura has the RSX and the CL. The G is midrange between these, it seems.<<

    The G35 Coupe is 182 inches long, has a 112 inch wheelbase and it's 71.5 inches wide. That's only 10 inches shorter than the exceptionally long CL coupe's 192 inches and it's actually wider than the CL and the G's wheelbase offers 6 more inches of space. The G's also more powerful (275+HP/260 lb-ft torque compared to the CL Type-S 260/232).

    Sure in weight and total length the G's smaller than a CL, but it's not really a car between the CL and RSX when you look at interior volume and specs.

    The GT-R will probably be pretty close to the G coupe. I'd guess they may do some M-style mods to it, wheel arch flairs, more agressive airdams and skirting but otherwise the basic look of the G coupe is pretty clear in the GT-R show car shown last year.
  • verozahlverozahl Member Posts: 574
    Well, if the G35 coupe knocks out the CL coupe, then you will be right in your critique of my thesis on that issue.

    ARGH! Gs and CLs and ... let's give cars real names. Even my computer has a name, 'Dell Dimension.' If I call it a Dell 8100, is it a 'luxury PC'?

    The R35 Skyline GT-R could be sold as an Infiniti and take on the NSX. If I was to sell the R34 or R33 in the US, it would be with a Nissan badge.
    Differences in styling are evident, at least from the R35 GT-R concept.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Member Posts: 6,249
    Well considering the automatic equipped G35 sedan nails 60 in 6.2 seconds (Autoweek and C&D both got that), it seems likely the smaller, lighter, more powerful G35 coupe with a 6 speed and wider wheels will definitely best that time.

    We'll see, but I'd be willing to predict that when it comes to performance measures, even the vaunted 330ci won't be able to hang with a G coupe.
  • sphinx99sphinx99 Member Posts: 776
    I'm inclined to agree. 275hp is nothing to laugh at. I won't cry tears over the CL-S because frankly it's kind of an odd coupe that isn't sure what it wants to be and tends not to sell too well because of it. More and more I'm not sure where Acura is headed. It's a value plate, but the relative value of its offerings is becoming diminished. It should start refocusing on being a maker of precision offerings (something already nailed with the NSX, MDX and RSX) because Nissan/Infiniti is stealing the thunder from the value perspective.
  • verozahlverozahl Member Posts: 574
    Nissan-Infiniti is on the uptick.
    This is obvious.

    However, the G35 replaces the G20 and
    the RSX replaces the Integra. The IS300
    has received some good enhancements, I have heard. Thus, all three compete in the entrylux category well today as well as yesterday.

    The problem is the upper echilon. Lexus LS sells, I guess (I do not see them often), but the RL and Q45 are not selling well. I see more RLs than LS or Q45 models, but still, the Japanese big cars are not coaxing any DeVille owners away at record numbers - that I know of. The M45 may/may not change that.

    The R35 GT-R in the lineup of Infiniti would smash Acura in the head... but 2004/5 will also see a new NSX.

    Short of spectacular marketing and sales of the G35 and selling the GT-R as an Infiniti, I don't see Infiniti as moving away from its 'kinda here buy kinda not noticed' status. As I said, if I want an Infiniti in Michigan, there are only 3 dealers. Lexus and Acura both have 5 and they are in good, prominent locations.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Member Posts: 6,249
    >>Thus, all three [rsx, G35, IS300] compete in the entrylux category well today as well as yesterday.<<

    Um, no. The RSX competes against the likes of the Celica, GTI, Jetta 1.8T/VR6, Civic Si, Tiburon, Focus SVT, eclipse, WRX (kinda, same price), Protege MP3 and upcoming MazdaSpeed3, and Matrix/Vibe. Edmunds' competing vehicles breakdown is here:

    At a price of 19k-25k, the RSX with its 4 cylinder engine and FWD is not in the least poised to compete against the 27-36k G35 or 27-35k IS300. The G35 and IS300 are designed to battle the C series, 3 series, A4, CL/TL.

    I'm not sure why you'd even think the lowly civic-based hatchback RSX is designed to be a competitor to RWD entry-level performance luxury sedans/coupes.

    >>I see more RLs than LS or Q45 models<<

    I'm not sure where you live but in Socal the RL does not exist. For every 10 LS400/430s I see, there's maybe one RL. If that.

    The NSX is priced in the 90k range. Maybe Acura will lower the price for the next gen - might be wise given the dismal sales. As it stands now, the GT-R will probably come out to do battle with other entry-level lux super sedans like the M3 and AMG's C32 sedan. People aren't going to fork over 70k for a turbo-charged or V8 powered Skyline/G35 that's got a tighter suspension and some mods. I'd bet on a price of around 45-50k starting. Probably 40-45k as Infiniti will want to undercut BMW still.

    As for dealerships, I live in San Diego. We've got a fair number of people here and a nice chunk change goes to bling bling cars. There are only 4 Acura, 4 Bimmer dealerships, 3 Lexus and 3 Infiniti dealers in a 50 mile vicinity from my zip in the heart of San Diego's downtown. With only 4 bimmer and 3 lexus dealers how could their sales be so great? Maybe luxury marquees PAY for the right to be the only dealer within a set space? Ya think? I know I'd do that if I wanted to represent a select clientele.

  • verozahlverozahl Member Posts: 574
    The RSX is a sport coupe with hatchback utility and automatic climate control. IS300 and G20 and G35 people can sneer all they want. Yes, the IS300 and G35 are closer to the BMW 3 Series.
    The Integra and RSX are as much fun as you can have with FWD (the Prelude being even more exciting).

    Don't be lazy, you can click on people's profiles or read other things they write. In the Detroit area, the RL is seen much more the Lexus LS. Same is true here in Ann Arbor.

    You want to play RSX and G35 vs. BMW 3 games, but
    how is a GT-R going to compete with sport sedans? It is a supercar competitor, not a sport sedan.
    You want to play with 2 doors and 4 doors and FWD and RWD... so there you have it. The GT-R is a different machine than a C32 AMG prospective buyer would consider.
  • verozahlverozahl Member Posts: 574
    No, Shifty does a great job here. But he hasn't compared the G35 to his favorite Alfa Romeo yet, therefore, I'm not sure if he's really paying attention to anything here in G35-land! (^_^)
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Member Posts: 6,249
    Auto climate control? This is a big deal? Camrys, Jettas and Accords have this too. I would say the old G20 was an RSX competitor. But to say a 27k-36k G35 is a competitor to the 19-25k RSX is REALLY stretching. Totally different prices, styles, drivetrains, engines, etc.

    >>In the Detroit area, the RL is seen much more the Lexus LS. Same is true here in Ann Arbor.<<

    I'd love to see sales numbers because that's a huge shock given how dismal RL sales are in general.

    The GT-R will be based on the G35c, and possibly even sport a turbo/supercharged version of the VQ. That size car seems to be directly aimed at an M3. If Infiniti were to release the GT-R for anything over the M3's price, they'd be begging for it to flop like the NSX.

    The C32 AMG is designed to be the MB alternative to the M3. You may not be a sedan fan but MB has the M3 in its crosshairs with that AMG model. It's not like MB can goose up a C coupe and make it a wrothwhile competitor to the M3...
  • verozahlverozahl Member Posts: 574
    I am not a complete Acura apologist. The RL is a sick replacement for the Legend. Honda should play V8 or get out of the luxury sedan segment...
    and because 4-cyl and 6-cyl are their specialities, maybe they should just let Infiniti try to mess with Lexus in that category. The LS sells more the Q45, obviously, but still not near Benz or Mercedes.

    The Japanese need to do sport more than lux. The IS300, RSX, and G35 all fall in the lux/sport range. Some have more sport, others, more lux. Near the $35K mark, though, you are talking BMW territory pretty well. I like German and Japanese machines, so if the Japanese come up with more interesting options, such as the G35, there may be real hairy competition for the Germans.

    Infiniti buyer wants to say 'I am different.' He's not really that far off, then, from the Alfa Romeo or SAAB guy... unless you note that Infiniti is not under a GM takeover threat!
  • ligartligart Member Posts: 109
    Just because the G35 is the first (i.e. lowest price) car in Infiniti's lineup does not mean it competes against the first car in anyone else's lineup.
  • verozahlverozahl Member Posts: 574
    I see the G35 and IS300 as RSX competitors whether you guys do or not. I don't run around creating 'RSX vs. everything else' forums, though.

    The G20, as I said, is well known for its excellent reliability and good price. It is NOT a 'fancy Sentra.' Moving "uptown, baby" with the G35 may give Infiniti 'BMW dreams,' but we'll see if there's still room for, say, bringing over the Primera to the U.S. market. The think Nissan should.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Member Posts: 6,249
    Please, enlighten us with how these cars are competitors.

    Engines, drivetrains, interior/exterior dimensions, etc.
  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Member Posts: 1,982
    Can't really see it either, V.

    I just don't see a G35 or IS300 shopper cross-shopping the RSX. As a potential IS300 customer, the RSX isn't really even a blip on the screen...
  • verozahlverozahl Member Posts: 574
    I'm not talking numbers and 'dazzling with data' here. I'm talking about the luxosport sport coupe/sedan market as a whole. There are people out there who would cross-shop a Celica GTS, a RSX, a IS300 coupe, a G35, a 350Z, MX-8, WRX, EVO, etc. Qualifications: It has to look cool and blast down the expressway without spinning into the median because of shoddy handling. Price range is roughly 20-30K (and MX-8 is probably overdoing it a little here, as is the EVO, but they are on the higher end of the price spectrum along with the G35).

    I'm comparing among Japanese sports coupes. If you want to think of your G35 as a BMW rival, then it's perfectly fine for me to think of my Integra as a BMW rival... FWD/RWD/AWD/etc. is crowding the picture.

    If you want to play horsepower games, go join the
    Mustang and Camaro crowd.

    The Prelude nailed the sport coupe market. Only problem was that it was not expensive enough to draw on the BMW-wannabes that are looking at the G35 now.
  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Member Posts: 1,982
    "The Prelude nailed the sport coupe market. Only problem was that it was not expensive enough to draw on the BMW-wannabes that are looking at the G35 now..."

    I think there's more involved than price here. It didn't have the power to weight necessary to make it really fun, the ponies and twist were pretty high on the tach IIRC, and the power went to the wrong end of the car. Aside from some nimble handling and as a technology platform (its real mission), it wasn't a standout. The last years saw it gain a whole lot of weight and get pretty remarkably ugly too, IMO.

    I doubt there's any FWD car that's ever going to hook a serious Bimmer pilot. Why would they bother? Maybe an AWD Audi, though...
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Member Posts: 6,249
    "I'm talking about the luxosport sport coupe/sedan market as a whole."

    Then you're not talking about a WRX, 350Z, Evo, RX-8, RSX, or Celica. Those are all classified as different styles - removed from entry-level luxury-sports. Must are econoboxes, one a legit sports car and a few are hatchbacks, with one random sedan thrown into the mix.

    The people who cross-shop an Evo/WRX to a G/325/IS300/A4 are not looking for luxury - they want performance - just like the guys who think a Firebird/Camaro/mustang is the bomb...they're not the target market of the econobox scooters (RSX, GTI, Celica) or the entry-level luxs. You're missing a key part of the equation...LUXURY/performance sedan/coupe. Luxury. The cars mentioned above (RSX, Celica, Mazda, Nissan) are not luxury cars. They'll never be confused with entry level lux. Nobody sits in a Scooby and says, "Dang, this here's a real fancy-smancy au-to-moile." Furthermore, the marketers/manufacturers aren't positioning them as such.

    It's not about playing horsepower games. A WRX makes more power than a 325, but that's okay because they're in different classes. One is a luxury performance sedan and the other an econobox rally car.

    And the Prelude failed to woo possible bimmer buyers for several reasons: zero luxury (the car didn't even have leather!), an inline 4, a Honda emblem, FWD. It was NEVER marketed to take on a Bimmer...its comp was the Cougar, Integra, Eclipse, Avenger. Apples to oranges, my friend.

    BMW "wannabes" see BMW level performance and refinement in a luxury sedan when they look at the G35 and to a lesser extent the IS300.
  • verozahlverozahl Member Posts: 574
    Dangit, sphinx99? Where are you?
    ... he made the Prelude vs. 3-Series case quite nicely on another board. Don't remember which one.

    The G35 has one major flaw I can think of. The rump.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Member Posts: 6,249
    There is no case! You're trying to convince people that a FWD Honda coupe with a peaky inline 4 and no luxury features somehow compares to the industry leader of the entry-level luxury performance sedan/coupe segment.

    Why not try to convince people that a Collie is the same kinda dog as a Great Dane?
  • sphinx99sphinx99 Member Posts: 776
    You won't find me arguing verozahl because I don't see the RSX-S being cross-shopped against the G35 coupe very much either. The RSX-S frankly belongs in a comparison with a 350Z instead, insofar as both present dynamite performance value at their price points, along with (presumably in the case of the 350Z) sharp steering, sharp handling, and extremely high precision driving on road or track. I don't think of the RSX-S as any more than the best $23-24k sports coupe on the market, FWD or RWD, German or Japanese or American. Most professional journalists agree. Likewise the 350Z stands a very good chance of being the best $27-32k sports car on the market, again FWD or RWD, German or Japanese or American. RSX-Ss are all over the autocrossing tracks of America. I bet 350Zs will be joining them. How many G35 coupes are going to be at SCCA solos? Probably not many. These are very different cars; the RSX-S manual-transmission-only configuration alone knocks it out of the luxury performance coupe market.

    The G35 Coupe is a luxury coupe, pure and simple. It has a big engine but so does a Lincoln MKVIII. I expect the G35 to be a lot like a Prelude actually, verozahl - heavy, steady and vault-like. That's what a luxury coupe should be. If the G35 turns out to be a stiff precise rocket, in other words a 350Z with the Infiniti logo and a $4k price hike, then it'll enjoy the typical Infiniti fate as a nice vehicle overshadowed by its Nissan counterpart. I hope they don't go that route.

    As for the various comments about people not cross-shopping FWD vs RWD, 4 vs 6, etc., when looking for a performance car, that's a load of baloney of course. People who are looking for an exceptionally well handling, quick, sturdy and durable, surgically precise and responsive car are going to be attracted to everything from a FWD peaky inline-4 Integra Type R to a RWD torquey V8 BMW 540i. There is this term called "driver's car" that spans drivetrain and powerplant boundaries, and those of us who seek out true driver's cars will find ourselves attracted to a very broad range of configurations. I find myself attracted to how silky an engine is, how supportive the seats are, how little deadzone there is in the wheel, how linear the pedals are. To me, those are the elements of a performance-oriented driver's car. FWD vs RWD? I4 vs V6? Sure, I have my preferences, but frankly FWD vs RWD falls close to the bottom of the list of considerations. Having a WD40 shifter and formula one steering are much, much more important to me.

    As for's remarks on Prelude, Prelude failed because it was never marketed to take on *any* car. It had most of the feel and performance of BMWs without any of the marketing or feature content. It had most of the handling of an ITR or Celica without any of the track reputation. In reality, BMWs remind me a lot of the Prelude (heft, precision, smooth acceleration, utterly predictable) which is why I think someone cross-shopping a 325Ci versus a Prelude SH would have had a tough time choosing after drives in both. I sure did. But, sadly, most people after Preludes consider BMWs to be portly grocery sedans, and most people after BMWs consider Preludes to be econo lowered 4-bangers. The vehicles were pretty similar and BMW's own use of Prelude in its competitive comparisons was enough evidence of that. But for the unwashed masses, marketing determines cross-shopping viability, not the cars themselves.

    And bringing all this back to the G35 coupe, judging by the 350Z's "we're bigger than Windows 95" PR launch I have a feeling that the G35 will end up being relegated to obscurity as an unloved cousin to the famous Z. That's too bad, it looks like an awesome luxury coupe.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Member Posts: 6,249
    The G35 coupe will be the only legit entry-level RWD lux coupe option after the BMW 330i. If one wants a 2 door RWD car with luxury touches and performance for a 30-40k price there will be only two choices (instead of the single one we have now). I look forward to it and can't wait to try one on.

    BTW, I drove the Prelude a few times when car shopping. It was quick and handled nicely but the interior was not up to the level of refinement I expect from a car. Like the WRX, the Prelude lost me every time I sat in it. It felt too pedestrian and not Germanic enough. Same can be said to a point about the G35's interior is its biggest drawback. Oh well, hopefully the coupe will feel a touch more upscale or at least have that BMW/MB/Audi-like feel of austere, purposeful, yet quality (this doesn't include the MB ML or C series - yuck!).
  • verozahlverozahl Member Posts: 574
    Excellent lecture... taking notes. Much much better than the lectures I pay for here at the university.

    The 5th-gen Prelude interior is the definition of refinement. Everything you need and nothing you don't in order to drive. Ergonomic and straightforward controls.

    My dream coupe is not far from this: a Nissan with G35 interior and 350Z exterior.
  • wishnhigh1wishnhigh1 Member Posts: 363
    In november that might be true, but you also might want to consider that the A4 convertible is not far behind...which is basically a coupe, with the added benefit of a folding roof:)
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Member Posts: 6,249
    I'm a little uncomfortable with Audi A4 cab. I've seen it in person a few times and it looks far too much like the old 90.

    Love Audi interiors though and I dig the A4 sedan. Too bad also that the A4 cab is either FWD or that hideous quattro-power-sapping-junk. Sorry. Driven too many Audis with AWD and I've not liked that experience once. The car feels dead and heavy. Haven't tried an S4 though...that might change my tune. :)
  • ligartligart Member Posts: 109
    > If the G35 turns out to be a stiff precise rocket, in other words a 350Z with the Infiniti logo and a $4k price hike, then it'll enjoy the typical Infiniti fate as a nice vehicle overshadowed by its Nissan counterpart

    The Z and G35 coupe differ GREATLY in the fact that the G will be able to carry 4 people (if only for a limited time, natch) and has a trunk. That in and of itself differentiates it enough to be a different car appealing to different people.
  • sp01sp01 Member Posts: 81
    Both nice, but Z for me please.
  • ligartligart Member Posts: 109
    I can only have one car so I need a little more utility :-( :-)
  • baylorbear99baylorbear99 Member Posts: 29
    Since the coupe has the same wheelbase and is only 4" shorter overall, will it have pretty much the same amount of interior space as the sedan? I would think that the front and rear seating area would be very similar between the coupe and sedan.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Member Posts: 6,249
    I'd think the interior will be the same but the trunk may suffer. The added width might help. Probably not though as that will in all likelihood go to the fender flaring.
  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Member Posts: 1,982
    I would think adjustments might be necessary to account for the differing rooflines? Rear seat area would likely be affected somehow, though the front could certainly be the same.
  • bpraxisbpraxis Member Posts: 292
    Hello everyone and I hope that you are having a great weeekend.

    IMO the photos of the G35 Coupe look terrific, sophisticated, refined, sporty, flowing, and more expensive that the espected MSRP of $29,500. Although the yen is strengthing quickly against the dollar and could impact prices for any cars built in Japan.

    Based on the photos the G35 Coupe has presence that is comprable to the Lexus SC430 which starts at $62,000. It is much more attractive to my eye than the nondescript Acura CL which is a fine car but styled by accountants on valuim. It does not have the three pointed star of the Mercedes but the styling again based on the photos would hold its own against the new 500SL which starts at $87,000. Yes styling sells and I am very much interested in buying this car.

    The standard equipment in this car represents an incredible value for the money and Infiniti scores well in quality according to JD Powers. Infiniti always scores ahead of the German brands based on the JD quality surveys.

    Where the G35 sedan really lets us down as mentioned by a previous poster is the interior which is worthy of a Nissan. You have to do better here Infiniti.

    For those who are interested in buying the new 350Z be aware that the latest quality surveys for Nissan are declining in quality scores. Why would anyone want the Nissan experience and a much shorter warranty than the Infiniti? Ok maybe you need to go around a skidpad 1 second faster, LOL.

    Thankyou for reading my rant and what a great time to be an auto enthusiast.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Member Posts: 64,481
    The G35 sure hit a Home Run in the July issue of Road & Track. Did you see that article? Rated #1 sport sedan out of 11 cars!

    Now it is true that in part the #1 slot had to go to the car because of its price, otherwise the BMW 330 would have won on overall performance, say the editors, but still fair is fair and price is certainly part of a car's appeal and popularity.

    It's hard to beat the BMW on engine and on the precision of handling, but gee, from the test, the G35 wasn't much off the mark as far as the average driver is concerned. We are getting so close in the testing with some of these cars that the arguments are starting to sound like people talking about the difference in high end stereos-- you know the type "Did you hear THAT....right THERE" "No, I didn't hear it, I don't think. Play it again".

    The car seems like a steal for the price.
  • sphinx99sphinx99 Member Posts: 776
    It's interesting to see Infiniti and Acura fixing to engage in a bona fide slugfest. High value, strong-performance vehicles. The fact that you can get the G35 sedan and TL-S sedan for so little (relatively speaking) is extraordinary. I'm wondering what impact Infiniti's resurgence will have on (a) the top tier sport-luxury marques aka BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, and (b) Acura.
  • verozahlverozahl Member Posts: 574
    Well, Nissan-Infiniti's comeback has been explicitly stated as a challenge to Honda-Acura, who unseated them as Japan's #2. Acura has more dealers than Infiniti, but we'll see what happens if the G35 coupe sells as good as I think it will.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Member Posts: 64,481
    Infiniti's big problem against the marques you mentioned is that it has virtually no name recognition and little prestige, and the dealerships are few and far between. There isn't even one in all of Marin County as of 2001. They went out of business here.

    Compared to the Lexus and Acura upscale efforts of Toyota and Honda, the Nissan Corp hasn't done very well seems to me. Lexus beat 'em up from the get-go in 1990 and that's the way it's been ever since.

    German brands are another thing entirely. BMW invented sport sedan and shows no signs of being dethroned. Sales are screaming and the press is drooling. The juggernaut rolls on.

    Mercedes isn't even a car anymore, it is a total legend like Babe Ruth and is just about critic-proof no matter what they do. Rolls Royce and Harley Davidson are but two examples of Sacred Names that coasted for ages on reputation alone, with a mediocre product dragging behind them. The Mercedes name is Golden, like it or not, deserved or not, fair or not. Myth overtakes Reality perhaps. And more than that, the car is still awesome.

    Infiniti is a ripple in the pond right now but you know, if they KEEP producing spectacular cars like the G35, for years and years to come, they will be noticed and it will have an effect on competition. The press on the G35 has been just great.

    But not just one model one time, is going to scare anybody. Reputations are built over decades I think. Look how long Audi's comback took, a solid 15 years of effort. Now their cars are respected and beautiful and they won Lemans, too. It takes a lot!

    Some of the best models ever produced by dead car companies came at the very end of their corporate lives, so a model's excellence may not mean anything good per se.

    Look how aggressive Lexus is, in media and in product development. This is what Nissan needs to do and they aren't even close yet.
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