We tend to keep our focus on cars that run in excess of $100K and fly to 60 mph in sub-3-second times. What about those that can’t pull off a $2,000-per-month car payment and don’t need to get to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds? Well, this one’s for you.
We are going to take a look at the top budget sports cars in the automotive realm today and tear them apart to find out what’s good about them and what’s not so hot about them. After that, we’ll input all of that data into the "patented" TopSpeed top-pick machine and spew out which of these cars offers the best bang for its customer’s buck. Keep in mind that we are looking at driving factors only, option and equipment have no bearing on making a budget sports car more fun in this competition.
We’re only looking at new cars here, so that eliminates my personal favorite, the Mazdaspeed Miata. The Miata will, of course be in the competition, but its facing cars that are equally, if not more, powerful and that rival it in handling performance. So, who takes home the title?
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We are always coming across crazy videos of races of car vs. other various non-automotive things, like horses, cheetahs, fighter jets, etc. This latest one was set up by Infiniti and Red Bull, and it pitted the Infiniti G37S against the most natural thing on Earth, gravity. How exactly do you measure gravity? Well, you toss a man out of a helicopter at 3,500 feet with a parachute strapped to his back, of course.
The above video starts off with professional F1 driver, Mark Webber, and professional skydiver, Jon DeVore, learning each other’s trade – Jon behind the wheel of the Infiniti and Mark in a skydiving wind tunnel. After each one got a taste of how tough the other one’s sport is – both actually fared pretty well in the other’s sport – they decided a race was in order.
A helicopter lifted DeVore 3,500 feet in the air and he took a dive, as Webber raced around ICAR circuit and Mirabel airport. The race was amazingly close, considering the vast difference between the two modes of transportation, but from what we can tell, the Infiniti beat gravity by at least a few seconds. Of course, gravity had that pesky resistance created by the parachute holding it back. We are willing to bet that without that hunk of nylon slowing DeVore down, gravity would have won by a long shot. But, uh, yeah… That would be a tad bit dangerous.
Anywho, enjoy the above video. Our favorite part is watching each athlete try the other one’s sport. It’s simply amazing how these guys can just jump into something like that, having never done it before, and do well at it.
Alright folks, grab the salt shakers and put a great big grain of salt in your hand, `cause we’ve got rumors. Recently, our colleagues over at Motor Trend had a little powwow with someone in the know about the upcoming Infiniti G sedan. Some of the rumors are a little ho-hum and others are flat out awesome, we’ll stick to the latter ones for now.
First off, the next-gen Infiniti G is through its design phase and production is ready to begin. According to the mole in Infiniti, the new G sedan will be based on a slightly stretched version of the new Mercedes C-Class’ platform, with other modifications. The leaky informant also let it be known that the new Infiniti G sedan will be in showrooms by the end of the summer in 2014 and the coupe will come later.
According to the informer, the new G will look nothing like the current model. From the front end, in particular the headlights, it will have the appearance of the Etherea concept car that Infiniti teased us with at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. The G will again come in a sedan or coupe, so no surprises there. However there are talks of a crossover model.
Now onto the good stuff: the Infiniti G’s engines. First, the rumors of a diesel engine are true, per Motor Trend’s source, but not for the G sedan. The 2.1-liter Mercedes diesel will only see use in the European and Korean Infiniti M. The only information he shared on the G’s engine was that the all-new IPL performance model will feature a 530-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.7-liter V-6. Last, the price of the Infiniti G IPL model was discussed and the informant says it will hover in the 10 million Yen range, which is about $123,000.
So there we have it. We can’t necessarily validate these rumors, but they certainly do add a little more excitement to the waiting game. We just have to wait and see if these rumors are true.
How odd would it be for rally fans to see a Nissan, let alone an Infiniti, getting its tires dirty in the world of rallying? The Japanese automaker isn’t exactly a name synonymous with rally racing, so you might need to excuse us for being a little apprehensive when word broke out that an Infiniti G37 S Coupe would be part of the Spanish Rally Championship.
Turns out, though, the G37 S Coupe will not be doing any rally racing of its own. Instead, it has been tapped as the official rally-spec safety car of the SRC. Color us surprised with this bit of news.
To cope with the rigors of the rally world, the G37 S Coupe’s chassis and suspension were strengthened. Among the new additions to the car’s make-up include new Bilstein dampers, upgraded brake pads, its very own light bar and siren, a roll cage, a new set of Sparco race seats and harnesses, a fire suppression system, and high-performance Michelin tires.
Other important features added to the rally safety car include a GPS navigation system and a plethora of communications equipment developed to assist the car in case of an emergency.
In terms of powertrain, the G37 S Coupe safety car will have the same output coming out of the standard 3,696cc 24-valve V6 engine – 320 horsepower – and will be mated to the standard six-speed manual transmission.
Infiniti may not be all that known in the world of rally racing, but if the company ever needed to get its feet wet in the often dusty and muddy world of rallying, this could be the first step in doing so.
When it comes to getting a little "bling-bling," some people go way out of their way to make their cars look extreme. Take this Infiniti G37 Convertible, for example. This golden G37 Convertible was presented in a jewelry store in the city of Nanjing in Jiangsu Province. The whole exterior was draped in 24K gold adding crazy amounts of weight and undoubtedly slowing down the Infiniti’s performance time drastically.
We don’t know what it is about covering your vehicle in gold or diamonds, but it simply does not make sense. The owners are literally putting a big sparkling sign on their car that says, "Steal me!" Remember that older Porsche 996 Turbo covered in gold that was stolen, recovered, then stolen again? It’s not the owner’s fault, but there is a thing called being cautious and these owners need a lesson or two in it.
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Infiniti found the perfect way to promote their latest IPL G Coupe: put it to race again a helicopter. So, the recipe is like this: take one IPL G Coupe, put former IndyCar driver Scott Goodyear behind the wheel, find a closed race track and a helicopter and "hit the road!"
We will not ruin the surprise and reveal who won the race, but we will tell you this: Scott Goodyear was very impressed about the car. And after all why not? The ILP G Copue is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 348 HP and 276 lb-ft of torque. it comes equipped with a dramatic front and rear bumper/fascia design with integrated fog lights and black finishers, sculpted side sills, rear spoiler, chrome exhaust tips, but also exclusive 19-inch IPL split 7-spoke graphite-finish wheels.
Nissan’s Infiniti brand is poised to introduce the new 2012 Infiniti G37, including a coupe variant that’s scheduled to be launched to the market around 2012. The move to release a new G37 isn’t all that surprising considering the brand’s apparent intention in building cars that are more aesthetically pleasing to the eye in today’s car market. There have been talks that the G37, specifically the coupe version, will be designed using the Infiniti Essence concept that was debuted by the company at the Geneva Motor Show a year ago.
Though nothing has been confirmed yet, we’re expecting nothing less from these guys considering that if they really are using the Essence concept as a peg for how the new G37 looks like – just so you know, we were totally smitten over the Essence when we saw it in Geneva – then it’s safe to say that the G37 is poised to definitely knock our socks off when it is officially unveiled.
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In 2010 Infiniti offered a new front fascia for the G Coupe, so some would figure that the 2011 model would come bearing no changes whatsoever because that’s how the auto world typically rolls. That wouldn’t entirely be true. The 2011 Infiniti G will be offered with a new Sport Package on their all wheel drive model and a Navigation Package that joins the Premium Package as standard on the Sport 6MT model. In addition, there are new 18-inch and 19-inch wheel designs. What will stay the same is the fact that the 2011 G Coupe will be offered in four models, with prices ranging from $36,200 to $42,400.
The new Sport Package 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.
Under the hood there is the same 3.7-liter VQ37VHR V6 engine with VVEL rated at 330 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque. The engine is coupled to a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, downshift rev matching, Drive Sport (DS) mode, and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC).
UPDATE 11/29/2010: Infiniti has released two new commercials to promote their new Infiniti G37. Called the Magical Snowball and the Mischievous Snowball, these two commercials are, of course, a battle between the Infiniti and its German competitors.
Check them out by clicking on the picture above.
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Like with all the other G models in Infiniti’s line-up, the Convertible model is entering the 2011 model year with a few updates, including a new Limited Edition model. The 2011 Infiniti G37 Convertible goes on sale at a price of $44,500 and the Sport 6MT version at $48,950. The Limited Edition Infiniti G Convertible, with unique content and exclusive Monaco Red leather-appointed interior is priced at $56,750.
The 2011 G Convertible gets a revised front fascia design (Sport and non-Sport) with fog lights moved from inside the headlight to the lower fascia area, revised 18-inch and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheel designs and two new exterior colors – Lapis Blue and Malbec Black. In addition, the Navigation Package is now standard on the G37 Convertible Sport 6MT.
The Limited Edition model is distinguished by solid magnesium paddle shifters, 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, summer performance tires, Sport brakes, Sport-tuned steering gear, front fascia, side sills, Midnight Black grille, exclusive red leather-appointed interior, Climate-controlled front seats, driver’s seat power lumbar support, unique maple accents with red tone, aluminum pedals and footrest.
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Infiniti today announced today the new Performance Line (IPL) and the first model in this new line: the IPL G Coupe. IPL models will be identified by a special engine cover and trunklid badging. The IPL emblem is designed to reinforce the strong message and spirit of IPL. The letter “I” features a red insert representing sporty spirit, while the Infiniti-violet “shadow” behind the letter appears like an Infiniti flag to indicate the brand’s Inspired Performance promise.
The new IPL G Coupe is powered by an advanced VQ37HR 3.7-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 348 HP and 276 lb-ft of torque. The new model will be distinguished by a dramatic front and rear bumper/fascia design with integrated fog lights and black finishers, sculpted side sills, rear spoiler, chrome exhaust tips, but also exclusive 19-inch IPL split 7-spoke graphite-finish wheels. It will be offered in just two exterior colors: Graphite Shadow and Malbec Black.
On the interior the car gets red-stitched leather-appointed front sport seats with manual thigh extension and driver’s power torso and thigh support adjustment, red-stitched steering wheel, Silk Obi aluminum trim, and aluminum pedals and footrest. The interior will also get two color treatments – Graphite and Monaco Red.
Updated 09/28/2010: Infiniti today announced U.S. pricing on the new 2011 Infiniti Performance Line G Coupe, which is set to go on sale December 10th at Infiniti retailers nationwide. The IPL G Coupe with an automatic transmission is priced at $49,850 and the 6MT version at $47,950.
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