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The INFINITI G37 holds a special place in the history of American & Japanese cars, and remains an incredibly popular option on the used market. We're going to take a look back at the beloved INFINITI G37, as well as look at where its legacy stands today.
At INFINITI of Dayton in Centerville, OH, we still get questions about the G37. Many of our longtime customers, or folks from nearby buying their first new INFINITI, ask us to compare our current INFINITI sedans to the G37. With its combination of luxury, performance, and heritage, the G37 stands as a landmark vehicle in INFINITI's history. Offered as a sedan, coupe, and convertible, the INFINITI G37 stood out from other vehicles in its class in many ways.
So let's take a look back at the venerable G37, and examine the current models that carry on its legacy. INFINITI is a brand that prides itself on innovation and looking forward, but it pays to look at older models like the G37 when reviewing their current sedans like the Q50.
The INFINITI G37 was prized for its performance and driving characteristics. It shared a platform with the Nissan Skyline, a vehicle that gained a reputation as the best street racing car. This was due to its light weight and perfectly distributed balance, as well as four-wheel steering. That unusual steering configuration was also an option on the G37, and is not easily found on competing vehicles.
The G37 used its great balance and low profile to its advantage, pairing the body to a powerful 3.7l V6. This combination gave Dayton owners of the INFINITI G37 not only impressive acceleration, but also a superior feeling of control. The G37 outclassed more expensive vehicles from BMW and Audi with its quickness and responsiveness.
And unlike many competing vehicles, the INFINITI G37 could be had as a coupe, sedan, or convertible. Using the same platform, engine, and mechanical features, the unification of these three vehicles as the G37 offered Ohio drivers a truly unique lineup. All you need to do is look at how many people in Cincinnati are still searching for information on the G37, and hoping to pick up a used model in good condition. That makes it clear that the INFINITI G37 has a special place in many driving enthusiasts' hearts.
It also gave Cincinnati owners a taste of INFINITI's forward-looking ideas with regards to technology, using cruise control sensors to pre-tension seatbelts, and including other tech features that were cutting edge at the time. However, in 2014 INFINITI changed the naming conventions for its vehicles, giving us the Q and QX series that are still the standard today. What would that mean for the beloved INFINITI G37 coupe, sedan, and convertible?
Initially, the INFINITI G37 was re-released as the INFINITI Q40 for a short time. Sold at a lower price than the all-new Q50 at the time, the INFINITI Q40 was a popular choice for Dayton buyers who wanted the performance of the G37, and were willing to forego the new features of the new Q50.
In the years since, the INFINITI Q50 has become the go-to vehicle for Cincinnati drivers who want to experience the driving performance that put INFINITI sedans on the map almost two decades ago. Since its release in 2014, the INFINITI Q50 has received several updates and changes, with the new 2020 Q50 receiving a number of updates that will remind INFINITI performance enthusiasts of the very features that made the G37 so great in its time.
In previous generations, Ohio buyers could choose between a turbocharged 2.0l four-cylinder and 3.0l V6 engines. For 2020, INFINITI has dropped the 2.0l engine and equipped all Q50 models with the powerful turbocharged six-cylinder.
For most trim levels on the 2020 INFINITI Q50, power is provided by a twin-turbo V6 producing 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This puts the Q50 base model above most competitors who still start with a four-cylinder. However, opting for the Red Sport 400 increases power output to 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, making it a true performance monster. Combined with other sport-oriented features like adaptive dampers, larger brakes, paddle shifters, and sport front seats, the Red Sport 400's powerful engine gives driving enthusiasts a taste of track-ready performance.
Meanwhile, INFINITI also offers a standard 3.0t Sport trim, which has all the same performance upgrades, but paired to the 300 horsepower engine. As one would expect from a luxury sedan that emphasizes performance, RWD is standard with AWD offered as an option on all trims.
INFINITI's driver assistance features are widely regarded as some of the best in the business, offering a semi-automated driving mode and a vast array of safety tech. The 2020 INFINITI Q50 also has an updated infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. Whether you're looking for a true luxury commuter, or a performance powerhouse with the latest in tech, you will find your match in the 2020 INFINITI Q50.
With its excellent performance options, comfortable interior, and sleek design, the INFINITI Q50 is truly a worth successor to the legendary INFINITI G37.
The INFINITI G37 is fondly remembered for all the right reasons. Exceptional handling, a powerful engine, and true luxury feel. But while Cincinnati shoppers will need to look at a nearly 10-year-old used vehicle if they want a G37, its identity lives on in the 2020 INFINITI Q50. Reviewers and Cincinnati drivers alike rave about the Q50's performance compared to many competitors, and love that it is priced much lower than its European counterparts.
So if you've been craving the performance and luxury of the INFINITI G37, but want modern tech features and reliability, there's no better choice than the 2020 INFINITI Q50. At INFINITI of Dayton, we invite you to come test drive the Q50 for yourself. Our staff would love to talk to you about what you want out of your INFINITI, as well as let you know what we can do for you. We offer luxury amenities at our Centerville, OH location, as well as a VIP Benefit that adds thousands of dollars in value to your purchase.