MotiveMag: BMW 335i vs. Infiniti G37

3-Series | January 22nd, 2009 by 99
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BMW 335i vs. Infiniti G37 – one of the most popular comparisons that involves the top sellers in the BMW and Infiniti line-up. Our friend …

BMW 335i vs. Infiniti G37 – one of the most popular comparisons that involves the top sellers in the BMW and Infiniti line-up. Our friend Bryan at Motive Magazine, took on the challenge of comparing the two cars from an enthusiast point of view.

To narrow down the comparison even more, he decided to put head-to-head the BMW 335i Sedan and the Infiniti G37, sedan version as well. He rightfully names the 335i, “The Defending Champion”, while the G37 plays “The Contender” role.

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Will the BMW 335i lose its “belt”? Can the Infiniti G37 live up to the expectations of an enthusiast driver looking for the sportier sedan in the class?

“For decades, the BMW 3-series has been synonymous with “sport sedan,” a market segment its forbears practically created. Virtually everyone else has attempted to copy the formula since then, and until recently the only ones to even come close to translating the blueprints have been other Germans. But one challenger in particular has been closing in on the magic — Infiniti’s G sedan. For 2009, the 3-series got a mild facelift while the G got another 22 horsepower, thanks to the G coupe’s VVEL 3.7-liter. But is power alone enough to establish a new benchmark? To find out, we pitted a 2009 335i against a 2009 G37.”

BMW 335i Sedan

For 2009, the 335i is still the top non-M 3-series, and — halfway through its lifecycle — BMW has treated the E90 to a freshening. Though the changes are largely cosmetic — new front and rear bumpers and lights, mildly revised interior, a greatly improved iDrive controller — BMW modified the chassis slightly to increase front and rear track (by 6 and 24 mm, respectively). The twin-turbo engine, however, remains unchanged.

Infiniti G37 Sedan

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For 2009, Infiniti bumped the engine’s displacement to 3.7 liters, bringing horsepower to the 328 mark (two fewer than the G coupe). The new VQ37VHR allows the G37S to bolt to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds with its six-speed manual; that’s a full 0.4 seconds quicker than the last G35 sedan we drove. The company also developed a new sport package — sport seats, sport suspension,18-inch wheels, a limited-slip diff, and the coupe’s Akebono brakes — to go head-to-head with BMW’s popular option pack.

Read the complete comparison with photos

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