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).
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Press release after the jump.
Following a number of significant changes for the previous model year, the seductive Infiniti G Coupe enters 2011 with a list of enhancements ranging from the first time availability of the popular Sport Package with the G37x Coupe AWD model to a new front fascia (with fog lights moved from the headlights to the lower fascia area), new 18-inch and 19-inch wheel designs and a new exterior color. In addition, the optional Navigation Package is now standard on G37 Coupe Sport 6MT.
The complete lineup of 2011 G Coupes includes the Infiniti G37 Coupe, Infiniti G37 Coupe Journey, Infiniti G37 Coupe Sport 6MT and Infiniti G 37x Coupe AWD. In addition, the new Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) makes its debut this year, starting with the G37 Coupe-based IPL G Coupe and IPL G Coupe Sport 6MT. (For complete information on the new IPL G Coupe, please go to infinitinews.com.)
“The addition of the Sport Package on the G37x Coupe All-Wheel Drive model is a direct result of customer demand from buyers who want both the all-weather and handling benefits of all-wheel drive and the sportier appearance, larger brakes and additional convenience features that rear-wheel drive G Coupe Journey Sport Package buyers have enjoyed,” said Infiniti Vice President Ben Poore.
A G Coupe Standard – Seductive Style, Engaging Interior Design
When it comes to a pure, seductive expression of intense performance, the Infiniti G Coupe once again offers an unmatched combination of dynamic design, exhilarating performance and a modern, luxuriously crafted interior.
The G Coupe’s smooth, aerodynamic design offers flowing front fender curves, a wave-style hood, expressive front fascia with Infiniti’s signature double-arch grille and L-shaped High-Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights.
The revised front fascia for 2011 moves the standard fog lights from inside the headlight casings to the lower fascia area. The strong side character line and side sills integrate with the large wheel wells and performance-oriented wheel and tire packages to transmit an added sense of power and vibrancy. The rear of the G37 Coupe features broad rear fenders flowing into the large LED taillights, refined rear bumper, integrated RearView Monitor camera (except G37 Coupe base model), rear underbody air diffusers and large dual exhaust outlets with chrome finishers.
The G37 Coupe Sport 6MT and G37 Coupe models with Sport Package add an enhanced performance look, with a unique front fascia and standard 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with high performance tires.
Seven exterior colors are offered for 2011, including one new color – Lapis Blue. Carryover colors are Vibrant Red, Liquid Platinum, Blue Slate, Black Obsidian, Moonlight White and Graphite Shadow.
The G Coupe interior design features sophisticated craftsmanship, with a cockpit-oriented front driver and passenger area, Infiniti signature “double wave” instrument panel design featuring the Infiniti-signature analog clock and dramatic, full-length center console with a leather and aluminum-clad shifter. Dramatic “Shodo” aluminum interior trim is featured on the instrument panel, center console and door panels.
The instrument panel includes Infiniti electroluminescent instrumentation with white illumination and integrated multi-function information drive computer display (average fuel consumption, real-time fuel economy, average speed, elapsed time, running distance, distance to empty, outside air temperature, warning displays, odometer and automatic transmission shift indicator).
The double hand-stitched leather-covered steering wheel is designed for maximum comfort and usability, with standard wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Solid magnesium paddle shifters are available for the 7-speed automatic transmission (Sport Package). The 8-way power driver and front passenger seats are appointed with Infiniti’s exclusive premium leather and feature 2-way adjustable head restraints and a unique rear-seat access system (the front seats move forward automatically at the touch of a button to allow passengers into the rear seats).
The Sport Package (now available on G37 Coupe Journey and G37x Coupe AWD) and G37 Coupe Sport 6MT 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.
Technology and convenience features abound in the 2011 G Coupe and include items such as standard Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, Remote Keyless Entry system, a tilt/telescoping steering column with increased travel, illuminated glove compartment and automatic temperature control. Also standard is a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS) and center console-mounted auxiliary input, as well as a 7-inch color display and standard XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately). An 11-speaker Infiniti “Studio on Wheels”™ by Bose® with a 3-way front door speaker array using 10-inch woofers is standard on the Sport 6MT model and optionally available on G37 Coupe Journey and G37x Coupe AWD models.
The G Coupe’s available Infiniti Navigation System features XM NavTraffic® Real-Time Traffic Information, XM NavWeather™ with Real-Time Weather and 3-day forecast (XM® subscription required, sold separately), and Zagat Survey® Restaurant Guide. The system also includes touch screen and 9.3GB Music Box® Hard Drive.
Three interior color combinations are offered – Wheat, Graphite and Stone.
Exhilarating Performance, Intuitive All-Wheel Drive
At the core of the G Coupe’s stellar performance is its advanced 3.7-liter VQ37VHR V6 engine with VVEL (for Variable Valve Event and Lift) rated at 330 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The VVEL system combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake side to help improve performance and response. The VVEL intake camshafts, featuring continuously variable lift control teamed with the Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), allow for a 7,500 rpm redline.
The engine also features ladder frame construction, large crank journal and pin diameters, asymmetric piston skirts, twin knock sensors, an electronically controlled “drive-by-wire” throttle system, lightweight pistons, Iridium spark plugs and a symmetric twin air intake system. The specially tuned dual exhaust system features equal length exhaust manifolds and low muffler exhaust backpressure to help improve engine breathing. Both intake and exhaust enhance driving pleasure with their authentic performance notes.
The G37 Coupe engine is backed by a choice of an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, downshift rev matching, Drive Sport (DS) mode and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) that allows for quicker shifts in sporty driving situations and available solid magnesium paddle shifters; or a responsive, lightweight 6-speed manual transmission.
The foundation for the G Coupe’s impressive handling and ride performance comes from its second-generation FM (Front Mid-ship) platform. The 4-wheel independent suspension design features lightweight aluminum components and large front and rear stabilizer bars. The front suspension is a double-wishbone design, with a single pivot lower wishbone and a long upper link, while the multi-link rear suspension separates the shock absorbers and springs, locating the shock absorber inline with the wheel center. These designs help minimize alignment changes and reduce suspension friction for more nimble handling and smoother riding characteristics. Responsive steering is provided by a vehicle-speed-sensing design, which provides optimum steering effort at both high and low vehicle speeds. Standard on all G37 Coupes is Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC).
For buyers looking for the added performance of all-wheel drive, the G37x Coupe AWD comes with Infiniti’s advanced ATTESA E-TS™ (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All Electronic Torque Split) all-wheel drive system. The system utilizes an active torque distribution management system with an active center clutch. The electromagnetic AWD system responds more quickly and precisely than conventional hydraulic AWD systems, with minimal compromise of rear-wheel drive performance characteristics on dry roads. Monitoring wheel spin, throttle position and vehicle speed, it automatically diverts up to 50 percent of available power to the front wheels, helping enhance traction when road conditions are less than optimal. When all-wheel drive is not needed, the system can send up to 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels, preserving the G’s sporty rear-wheel drive characteristics.
Braking performance is provided by standard 4-wheel vented discs with 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. The G37 Coupe Journey and G37x Coupe AWD with Sport Package and G37 Coupe Sport 6MT are further enhanced with aluminum four-piston calipers (front)/two-piston calipers (rear) embossed with Infiniti lettering and large ventilated rotors – 14.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear.
Also available on G37 Coupe is Infiniti’s Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Brake Assist with Preview Braking. ICC automatically adjusts vehicle speed to help maintain a preset following distance to a vehicle ahead. Preview Braking identifies potential sudden braking situations by monitoring the distance and relative speed of a vehicle ahead in the same lane and pre-pressurizes the braking system to help improve braking response if the brakes are applied.
Newly designed 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P225/50VR18 all-season tires are standard on G37 Coupe. A Performance Tire & Wheel Package with redesigned 19-inch lightweight cast aluminum wheels and high performance tires is also available. A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is standard on all 2011 G37 Coupes.
Enhancing the already high level of dynamic performance of the G37 Coupe 6MT, G37 Coupe Journey and G37x Coupe AWD with Sport Package are a unique sport suspension, a Viscous Limited Slip Differential (VLSD) and 19x8.5-inch front wheels with P225/45WR19 front tires and 19x9.0-inch rear wheels with P245/40WR19 rear tires.
Every 2011 G37 Coupe is available with a long list of standard safety and security features, including an Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors, roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection and front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags.
Also standard are 3-point ALR/ELR seat belts (driver’s side ELR only) and front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters and adjustable upper anchors, front seat Active Head Restraints and the LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren). Available as part of the Technology Package are brake-operated pre-crash seat belts.
Four Well-Equipped Models
The 2011 Infiniti G Coupe is available in four models: G37 Coupe, G37 Coupe Journey, G37 Coupe Sport 6MT and G37x Coupe AWD.
Several options and packages are also offered, including the Premium Package, with a power sliding glass moonroof, 11-speaker Infiniti “Studio on Wheels”™ by Bose® audio system, 2.0GB Music Box® (800MB for music storage), memory system (drivers seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors) with synchronization, driver’s seat power lumbar support, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel and Rear Sonar System.
Also available is the Sport Package (available on G37 Coupe Journey and G37x Coupe AWD models and standard on G37 Coupe Sport 6MT), which includes 19-inch wheels and high-performance tires, Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD), sport-tuned suspension, sport brakes, unique front fascia, sport-styled seats and steering wheel stitching, aluminum pedals and paddle shifters (automatic transmission models only).
The Infiniti Navigation Package adds navigation system with WVGA display screen, XM NavTraffic® Real-Time Traffic Information, NavWeather™ with Real-Time Weather and 3-day forecast (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and Zagat Survey® Restaurant Guide, touch screen and 9.3GB Music Box® Hard Drive.
The Technology Package includes Infiniti Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Brake Assist with Preview Braking, Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts, rain-sensing windshield wipers and Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS). Also available is the Performance Wheel and Tire Package; Aerodynamic Package and Interior Accent Package with high-gloss Maple interior trim.
|G37 Coupe||$36,200||3.7L V6||7-spd auto w/ manual shift mode|
|G37 Coupe Journey||$37,650||3.7L V6||7-spd auto w/ manual shift mode|
|G37x Coupe AWD||$39,300||3.7L V6||7-spd auto w/ manual shift mode|
|G37 Coupe Sport 6MT||$42,400||3.7L V6||6-speed manual|
Factory installed options
|Performance Tire & Wheel Package||$650|
|Interior Accent Package||$600|
|Midnight Black Grille||$350|
|Trunk Mat, Trunk Net & First Aid Kit||$195|
|Illuminated Kick Plates||$330|
|Rear Decklid Spoiler||$550|
|Vehicle Alarm Impact Sensor||$135|
|R Spec™ High Friction Brake Pads||$370|
|19-inch 9-Spoke Aluminum-Alloy Wheels||$2,200|
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