2009 Infiniti G37 S Convertible Test-Drive Update: A quick comparison to its rivals

2009 Infiniti G37 S Convertible (Weekly Test-Drive)

As we continue our test-drive of the 2009 Infiniti G37 S Convertible we thought it would be helpful to take a look at the model’s rivals – just to show you guys what else is available out there.

2009 Infiniti G37 S Convertible:

  • Price: $43,850.
  • Power: 3.7L V6 producing 325-hp/267 lb-ft – mated to a 6-speed manual or an optional 7-speed automatic with a manual shift mode.
  • 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds.

2009 BMW 335i Convertible:

  • Price: $50,700.
  • Power: 3.0L DOHC 24-valve inline turbocharged 6-cylinder making 300-hp/300 lb-ft – mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with manual shift model.
  • 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds with a manual transmission and 5.7 seconds with an automatic.

2010 Lexus IS C:

  • Price: $44,390.
  • Power: 3.5L V6 producing 306-hp/277 lb-ft – mated to a 6-speed automatic with manual shift mode.
  • 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.

As always, stay in touch as we review the G37 S Convertible and ask us all the questions you want about the car. If you want a quicker response send us a Tweet and we”ll reply ASAP.

Hit the jump to see answers from questions asked since yesterday’s update.

2009 Infiniti G37 S Convertible (Weekly Test-Drive):

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Pat (in e-mail) How many miles per gallon are you getting and how is the handling?

We are averaging 18.5 mpg and handling so far is very impressive. Taking turns at high-speeds makes you feel very confident.

gigan: Compared to this, I can see how people think Acuras have too many buttons. However, I wonder if it is bc Acura has more toys to play w/?

The Infiniti G37 S Convertible has a lot of toys to play with as well; although it’s very simple to navigate around the technological features offered unlike Audi’s confusing MMI system.

Bob: During your “test drive” can you try to flex the body on the G37. I am curious is the cobvertible will have any rattles or sqeaks as the car is brought over bumps. Please try to find a ramp such as a up or down ramp going into a hotel or shopping center. Slowly approach allow one front wheel to drop low / or higher while the rest of the car is level then slowly take the ramp see if there is any flexing creak or squeals coming from the hardtop. You can also do this with some driveways that go downhill then drop to the street.

I had a 2005 G35x that I named “RattleRocket” after the first two years. Everything rattled and sqeaked on that car. I now have an 2008 G37 which is a huge improvment in interior quality and rattles and squeaks. I am considering a 2010 G37 Convertible or another G37 coupe in the spring and I am curious if that hardtop will be quiet enough for me. Trust me I will take the car on a long test drive myself, but this is stuff that you should be looking for in a car.

Second question is how is the 7-speed ? My 2008 has the 5-speed and the car now only has 15,000 miles and sometimes I swear the damn thing slips and sometimes I feel a bit feedback not when changing gears but simply accelerating in gear. Still the G37 rules over any other car that is why I still purchased a second one after my first “RattleRocket”. Hopefully Infiniti is continuously improving quality and I will be a third time return buyer.

“RattleRocket” – very creative. Indeed we have noticed that in previous Infiniti ‘G’ cars we’ve driven. However, that noise is minimized in the convertible. Nonetheless, it is still there. In terms of interior noise, the G37 Convertible is fairly quiet – very quiet when compared to other hard-top convertibles we’ve driven.

The 7-speed automatic transmission – well I hate it. It denies you downshifts and even upshifts. I would rather get a car like this in a manual-transmission but our test-car happens to be a 7-speed automatic and it’s very annoying. However, it does shift pretty fast.

– By: Stephen Calogera

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