Sport Sedan performance, Infiniti elegance: 2003 Infiniti G35

Sport Sedan performance, Infiniti elegance: 2003 Infiniti G35
When was the last time a salesperson told you to push the car, to stand on the throttle and throw it around a corner? Hop in a car with an Infiniti salesperson and that"s the kind of behavior expected on a test drive. With a killer engine that pumps out 260 horsepower and superb balance that inspires tenacious grip, the Infiniti G35 not only moves when you put the power on, it sticks to the ground. It"s stable at high speeds, allowing you to take fast sweepers with authority. You"ll be pulling off moves you"ve seen in motor races and only wished you could duplicate. The G35"s long wheelbase, low center of gravity, aerodynamic downforce and lightweight suspension are designed to keep the tires on the road for maximum grip, making the G35 quicker and more satisfying to drive.
It drives like a true sports sedan. The rear-wheel-drive layout makes for sportier handling than front-wheel-drive. It is one of the best sports sedans in the class, with much better handling than any of the front-wheel-drive cars offer. Steering is precise, and gives good feedback. It never misbehaves. A skilled driver can steer with throttle alone. Drive it hard - it responds beautifully. Tight-radius turns at full throttle: It"s a heart-pumping thrill you can"t resist. Racing heritage rears its technological head: The developer borrowed from prototypes in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in Group C racing to create handling that is less fatiguing for the driver. Large-diameter tires (instead of wide tires) make the contact patch longer rather than wider, for less noise and improved wet performance. The 3.5-liter V6 engine produces a pleasingly throaty, sporty roar. It also provides lots of low-RPM torque for powering through town. The five-speed automatic transmission features a manual Tiptronic-style mode, but I found it needless and unsatisfying. It"s got a rev limiter in case you"re forgetful - no risk of damaging the transmission, the car will still shift for you. Since you never really have the sense of shifting gears, why waste the effort? Distinctive, avant-garde styling sets the Infiniti G35 apart from its competitors. It shares a platform with Nissan"s upcoming 350Z sports car and Infiniti FX 45 crossover utility - a platform specially designed for mounting the engine longitudinally behind the front axle for improved balance. Long wheelbase and wide track contribute to stability at high speeds and through the turns. The low, aggressive hood transitions to the steeply-angled windshield, concocting a powerful yet sporty profile. Raised front fenders inspired by a catamaran extend to the rear, creating a crisp appearance and managing airflow. Nissan"s racing heritage contributed to the heavy emphasis placed on aerodynamics. Extensive use of diffusers and deflectors translate into 0 degrees of front lift, reduce drag and wind noise and stabilize the car. Stacked vertical xenon headlights above a horizontal grille mark its Infiniti lineage. A short rear deck opens to reveal the biggest trunk in its class, bookended by L-shaped tail lights with the brightest LED in the business - another nod to the racing world. The G35"s chief developer designed the bright LEDs for Group C competition to keep other cars off its tail, literally. Inside, the G35 features spacious, comfortable seating, with a driver-oriented cockpit. Designed around the driver, the driver"s seat uses a special spring design for support. The entire instrument pod moves when you adjust the steering column - maintaining the G35"s excellent site lines. An amber light illuminates the instrument panel at night, and the trademark analog clock graces the dash. The optional DVD navigation system sits in one of the two glove boxes, but other than that, there"s not a lot of storage in the car. The optional sunroof features one-touch open and close. The G35 offers a less expensive, sportier option to the I35. It"s also comfortable and practical, with a roomy back seat, tons of head room, a big trunk and the hint of a luxury sedan. All with a racing heritage. Now, go out there and tear up some asphalt!
2003 Infiniti g35
Base Price: $27,100 Fuel mileage: 19/26 3.5-liter V6 engine Five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode Rear-wheel drive Four-wheel independent multilink suspension Vehicle Dynamic Control anti-skid technology Four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS, Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution

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