Arriving next spring, the hardtop Infiniti G37 Convertible was unveiled yesterday at the L.A Auto Show. After months of teasing and hopes for the Infiniti fans that the G37 convertible might be the answer to BMW’s cabs line, the new Infiniti convertible was one of the main attractions at the L.A show.
Based on the popular G37 Coupe, the convertible model features a three-piece hardtop that still keeps the coupe design lines. Infiniti has discontinued their convertibles back in 1992, the M30 being the last model built.
As all the Infiniti fans expected, the G37 Convertible will share the same 3.7L V6 used in the G37 coupe, delivering 328 horsepower, enough power to feed their ego and be competitive against the BMW 335i Convertible.
There is also a new optional 7-speed automatic transmission along with sport tuned steering and an optional sport brake package. Could this be enough to overtake the bimmer cabs? It is possible, the car looks sharp, it has power and it already features the beautiful Infiniti interior.
As far as handling and dynamics, I will reserve judgment until I will have a chance to drive the car. In a discussion with a BMW exec, the Infiniti G37 Convertible came up and they didn’t seem to be too worries and I quote: ” Audi seems to be our most recent and toughest competitor”.
First-ever Infiniti G Convertible Set For Spring 2009 Launch in North America
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 19, 2008) – Infiniti today unveiled the latest expression of its “Inspired Performance,” the all-new 2009 Infiniti G Convertible, at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. The first-ever Infiniti G Convertible builds upon the performance legacy of the Infiniti G line, with the liberation only a convertible with the top down can provide. It is scheduled to go on sale at Infiniti dealers in North America in the spring of 2009, followed later in other Infiniti markets around the world.
“Designed to rejuvenate the spirit, the G Convertible adds an open-air soundtrack to the G’s legendary driving exhilaration,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, speaking before automotive media at the vehicle’s world debut. “This new G has dual beauty – it looks as good with the top up or down – along with a beautiful, leather-appointed interior that is meant to be experienced wide-open.”
The new G Convertible offers a three-piece folding steel top and a special convertible-focused interior, which features a unique Bose® Open Air Sound System that dynamically changes equalization based on outside noise, vehicle speed, and top position, and an adaptive climate control system that adjusts fan speed in accordance to top position and vehicle speed.
Every 2009 G Convertible comes equipped with an advanced 3.7-liter V6 rated at 325 horsepower. The engine is backed by a choice of an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission with available magnesium paddle shifters or a responsive close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.
Technology features include standard RearView Monitor and an available touch-screen Infiniti Navigation system with XM NavTraffic® Real-Time Traffic information with 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive, Pre-Crash Seat Belts, Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) with Preview Braking and Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS).
The G Convertible is offered in two models: the G37 Convertible and the G37S Convertible Sport 6MT, which adds sport-tuned steering and larger sport brakes, along with 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and W-rated performance tires.
Also available is a special, limited production G Convertible Premier Edition, offered exclusively through the Bloomingdale’s Holiday Catalog. With only 200 being built, the Premier Edition features a custom Monaco Red Leather leather-appointed interior, handcrafted red-tone Maple Wood trim, Midnight Black front grille and 9-spoke 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and tires. Pre-orders for the Premier Edition are being taken now for delivery in 2009.
The Infiniti display at the Los Angeles Auto Show also showcases the complete line of 2009 Infiniti vehicles, including the all-new Infiniti G37x Coupe with intelligent all-wheel drive, the new G37 Sedan with a 328-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and a new, more powerful M35 rear-wheel drive sedan.