When it comes to a pure, seductive expression of intense performance, many INFINITI vehicles likely come to mind. But perhaps none embodies the idea of “Inspired Performance” better than the INFINITI G Coupe – which is designed to stir the soul through an unmatched combination of dynamic design, exhilarating performance and a modern, luxuriously crafted interior.
In addition to the high-performance INFINITI IPL G Coupe, the G Coupe is offered in four exciting models: G37 Coupe, G37 Coupe Sport, G37S Coupe Sport 6MT and G37x Coupe AWD – each equipped with a standard 3.7-litre VQ-series V6 with VVEL (for Variable Valve Event and Lift) rated at 330 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Three models are offered with a standard performance-oriented 7-speed automatic transmission with Drive Sport (DS) Mode, Downshift Rev Matching and available solid magnesium paddle shifters. The G37 Coupe Sport 6MT comes with a responsive, close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.
The “Shodo” style trim -inspired by the traditional art of Japanese calligraphy – is featured on all models. Other key features include: the addition of standard 8-way power passenger seats on all models, a new centre console design on automatic transmission-equipped models and a number of package content changes, such as the addition of the Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster™ air purifier to the Technology Package and fitting the RearView Monitor as standard on all models.
“Our goal is to always keep moving ahead, always keep our vehicles fresh with new designs and new technologies,” said Wendy Durward, Director, INFINITI Canada. “There’s no better example of this philosophy than the enhanced 2012 G line.”
Highly Seductive Styling
The G37 Coupe boastsa stunningly seductive styling is recognized around the world. The smooth, aerodynamic design offers a kinetic feeling with an emotional surface expression, while the sweeping character lines and tight panel gap lines provide a rich, high quality appearance. Exterior highlights include: flowing front fender curves, a wave-style hood, expressive front fascia with INFINITI’s signature double-arch grille and L-shaped High-Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional Xenon headlights with integrated fog lamps. The strong side character line and side sills integrate with the large wheel wells and performance-oriented wheel and tire packages to transmit an added sense of power and vibrancy. The rear of the G37 Coupe features broad rear fenders flowing into the large LED taillights, refined rear bumper, integrated RearView Monitor camera (when equipped), rear underbody air diffusers and large dual exhaust outlets with chrome finishers.
The G37 Coupe Sport 6MT models and G37 with Sport Package add an enhanced performance look, with a unique front fascia, special side sills and standard 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with high performance tires.
Eight exterior colours are offered for 2012: Plasma Red, Black Obsidian, Blue Onyx, Malbec Black, Platinum Ice, Asgard Grey, Comino Blue, and Aspen Pearl.
Sophisticated, Luxurious Interior
The 2012 G37 Coupe interior design again features sophisticated craftsmanship, with a cockpit-oriented front driver and passenger area, INFINITI signature “double wave” instrument panel design featuring the INFINITI-signature analog clock and dramatic, full-length centre console with a leather and aluminum-clad shifter. The Shodo aluminum-alloy interior trim is featured on the instrument panel, centre console and door panels.
The instrument panel includes INFINITI electroluminescent instrumentation with new white illumination and integrated multi-function information drive computer display (average fuel consumption, real-time fuel economy, average speed, elapsed time, running distance, distance to empty, outside air temperature, warning displays, odometer and automatic transmission shift indicator).
The double hand-stitched leather-covered steering wheel is designed for maximum comfort and usability, with standard wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Solid magnesium paddle shifters are available for the 7-speed automatic transmission (G37 Coupe with Sport Package only). The 8-way power driver and front passenger seats are appointed with INFINITI’s exclusive premium leather and feature 2-way adjustable head restraints and a unique rear-seat access system (the front seats move forward automatically at the touch of a button to allow passengers into the rear seats).
The G37 Coupe with Sport Package and G37 Coupe Sport 6MT add special sport-styled seats with thigh extensions and power adjustable torso and thigh bolsters for the driver, unique steering wheel stitching and high-grip aluminum pedals.
Technological and convenience features abound in the G37 Coupe, including standard INFINITI Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, Remote Keyless Entry system, a tilt/telescoping steering column with increased travel, illuminated glove compartment and automatic temperature control. Also standard is a 7-inch colour display and standard XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately). Available through the Hi-Tech Package is an 11-speaker INFINITI “Studio on Wheels”™ by Bose® with a 3-way front door speaker array using 10-inch woofers.
The G Coupe’s available INFINITI Navigation System features include Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® and Zagat® Restaurant Guide. The system also includes a touch screen.
Two interior colour combinations are offered – Wheat, and Graphite.
Exhilarating Performance, Intuitive All-Wheel Drive
At the core of the G Coupe’s stellar performance is its advanced 3.7-litre VQ37VHR V6 engine with VVEL (for Variable Valve Event and Lift) rated at 330 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The VVEL system combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake side to help improve performance and response. The VVEL intake camshafts, featuring continuously variable lift control teamed with the Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), allow for a 7,500 rpm redline.
The engine also features increased cylinder block height (from the previous 3.5-litre design), ladder frame construction for greater rigidity, large crank journal and pin diameters, asymmetric piston skirts, twin knock sensors, an electronically controlled “drive-by-wire” throttle system, lightweight pistons, Iridium spark plugs and a symmetric twin air intake system.
The specially tuned dual exhaust system features equal length exhaust manifolds and low muffler exhaust backpressure to help improve engine breathing. Both intake and exhaust enhance driving pleasure with their authentic performance notes.
“The G Coupe’s 3.7-litre V6 is a true powerhouse – becoming more enjoyable as you drive it,” said Durward. “The engine also features INFINITI’s distinctive ‘Swell’ acceleration – with special tuning that builds horsepower almost continually to the redline like a building wave.”
The G37 Coupe engine is backed by a choice of an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, downshift rev matching, Drive Sport (DS) mode and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) that allows for quicker shifts in sporty driving situations and available solid magnesium paddle shifters; or a responsive, lightweight 6-speed manual transmission.
The foundation for the G Coupe’s impressive handling and ride performance comes from its second-generation FM (Front Mid-ship) platform. The 4-wheel independent suspension design features lightweight aluminum components and large front and rear stabilizer bars.
The front suspension is a double-wishbone design, with a single pivot lower wishbone and a long upper link, while the multi-link rear suspension separates the shock absorbers and springs, locating the shock absorber inline with the wheel centre. These designs help minimize alignment changes and reduce suspension friction for nimble handling and smooth riding characteristics.
Responsive steering is provided by a vehicle-speed-sensing design, which provides optimum steering effort at both high and low vehicle speeds. Standard on all G37 Coupes is Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), which assists in enhancing vehicle stability under a variety of driving conditions.
For buyers looking for the added control and all-climate handling of all-wheel drive, the G37x Coupe AWD comes with INFINITI’s advanced ATTESA E-TS™ (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All Electronic Torque Split) all-wheel drive system. The system utilizes an active torque distribution management system with an active centre clutch designed for smooth starts and better traction and maneuverability on snowy roads than conventional all-wheel drive systems, plus minimal compromise of rear-wheel drive performance characteristics on dry roads.
Monitoring wheel spin, throttle position and vehicle speed, it automatically diverts up to 50 per cent of available power to the front wheels, enhancing traction and control when road conditions are less than optimal. When all-wheel drive is not needed, the system can send up to 100 per cent of the power to the rear wheels, preserving the G’s sporty rear-wheel drive characteristics.
Braking performance is provided by standard 4-wheel vented discs with 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. The G37 Coupe with Sport Package and G37 Coupe Sport 6MT are further enhanced with aluminum four-piston calipers (front)/two-piston calipers (rear) embossed with INFINITI lettering and large ventilated rotors – 14.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear.
Also available on G37 Coupe is INFINITI’s Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) with Preview Braking, which provides a precise following distance from the vehicle ahead. It also identifies sudden braking situations with laser sensors to determine distance and relative speed of the vehicle ahead in the same lane and “pre-pressurizes” the Brake Assist system before the driver steps on the brake pedal.
Split 5-spoke 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P225/50VR18 all-season tires are standard on G37 Coupe. A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is standard on all 2012 G37 Coupes.
Enhancing the already high level of dynamic performance of the G37 Coupe 6MT and G37 Coupe with Sport Package are a unique sport suspension, a Viscous Limited Slip Differential (VLSD) and 19x8.5-inch front wheels with P225/45WR19 front tires and 19x9.0-inch rear wheels with P245/40WR19 rear tires.
Safety Performance and Technology
Every 2012 G37 Coupe is available with a long list of standard safety and security features, including an Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors is standard, roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection and front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags.
Also standard are 3-point ALR/ELR seat belts (driver’s side ELR only) and front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters and adjustable upper anchors, driver and front-passenger knee bolsters, front seat Active Head Restraints and the LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren). Available as part of the Technology Package are brake-operated pre-crash seat belts with motion sensor on the brake pedal.
The G37 Coupe features Zone Body Construction with front and rear crushable zones to help disperse crash energy around the passenger compartment.
For occupant safety, the engine is designed to move under the occupant compartment in a high-speed frontal collision, while a breakaway construction of the propeller shaft (connected with the engine-drop function) and the double-wall construction of the bulkhead helps to minimize cabin deformation, especially in the lower leg area. In addition, the brake pedal is designed to collapse to help reduce lower leg injuries in a severe crash.
Four Well-Equipped Models
The 2012 INFINITI G37 Coupe is available in four models: G37 Coupe, G37X Coupe AWD, G37S Coupe Sport, G37XS Sport AWD, and IPL.
Standard is the Premium Package, which includes a power sliding glass moonroof, 11-speaker INFINITI “Studio on Wheels”™ by Bose® audio system, , memory system (drivers seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors) with synchronization, driver’s seat power lumbar support, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel and Rear Sonar System.
Also available is the Sport Package (available on G37 model and standard on G37 Coupe Sport 6MT), which includes 19-inch wheels and high-performance tires, Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD), sport-tuned suspension, sport brakes, unique front fascia and side sills, sport-styled seats and steering wheel stitching, aluminum pedals and paddle shifters (G37 Coupe only).
The INFINITI Navigation Package includes: navigation system with 08IT technology, WVGA display screen, voice recognition for audio and navigation functions, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® and Zagat® Restaurant Guide, and touch screen.
The Hi-Tech Package includes INFINITI Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) with Preview Braking, “Pre-Crash Seatbelt” system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® and Zagat® Restaurant Guide.