I’ve already tested the standard Infiniti G convertible as well as the sport version with the 6 speed manual transmission. Will I be equally impressed with the 7 speed auto version? Let’s find out!
To distinguish the G Sport from the regular G convertible look for larger 19″ wheels and a slightly altered front fascia. And of course there’s the the G’s S badge that let’s you know that this is a true sporting automobile. Of course, he Sport also has larger brakes and a stiffer suspension.
The convertible weighs 500 lbs more than the coupe, but this is compensated by the fact that the drop top version revs higher and also by the fact that convertibles are so incredibly fun to drive! Especially when you never have to replace a rag top!
I’ve already raved about the G’s Art Deco inspired design and trademark front flying buttresses, as well as its overall shape and that still holds true! The body’s design has a great flow and manages to look graceful and aggressive at the same time.
I have equally high praise for the Infiniti G’s interior. I love the red leather seats! I’m getting a bit tired of all black interiors. Gray offers great contrast, but the red really pops. A Nissan Altima that I previously tested had the same red leather seats and they looked great in that too.
An added bonus is that the G’s seats are heated and cooled. It’s nice to have the cooled seats on full blast with the top down on a hot day.
The overall aesthetics and ergonomics are top notch in the G’s interior. The touch screen or control operated navigation, audio and infotainment screen is one of the best in the business. Why can’t other car makers learn that you should be able to see the station, artist and song title all on the same screen when you are listening to music! .
Infiniti has stolen Maserati’s analog clock design element and it works for them just like it does for the exotic Italian car maker. The G’s interior manages to be elegant and functional all at the same time.
Powering the G Sport is a 3.7 liter V6 which produces 325 hp and 267 lb ft. of torque. That’s good for a 0 – 60 run of right around 5 seconds. The normal G Convertible does it about half a second slower. You can expect 20 mpg overall with 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
The engine revs strongly on its way to a 7,000 RPM limit. This is achieved through the 7 speed automatic transmission or with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
It takes about 30 seconds to raise and lower the top, but it is actually an entertaining site to behold. Many times you can see people staring at the operation and they seem to enjoy it too!
You will always find yourself and your passengers very comfortable while traveling in the Infiniti G Sport, especially with the top down! I put my young niece and nephew in the back seats and they may as well have been on a roller coaster ride at Disney World. They were smiling and laughing all the way with the top down.
Of course the back seats might not be great for larger sized adults, but at least you do have two extra seats, and they actually do make for great extra storage too.
Out on the road the G Sport is a joy to drive. It has the traditional front engine rear wheel drive layout which lets you really enjoy fast corners.
It’s when the roads start to get windy, that the true nature of the G Sport Convertible really shines through. There’s an extra raspy growl to the exhaust note and you can definitely feel the enhanced performance that the Sport brings. You always feel that you have more than ample power and it holds the turns predictably exhibiting all of the right feedback to let you know what the rear end is doing at all times.
Of course with the added safety of the traction control the G Sport makes you feel like Michael Schumacher even if you don’t really know what you are doing. Leave the traction control on at all times unless you really know what you are doing!
Having driven the 6 speed manual version already, I must say that I do enjoy the ease of the automatic for the G Sport Convertible. If I’m driving a Ferrari or a Porsche, I am more likely to want to shift it myself, but with the luxurious nature of the Infiniti even in Sport trim, I am still happy to have it shift itself with the option of paddle shifting should the need arise.
To me the hard top convertible is the best of both worlds. You never have to replace the rag top and when the weather is bad you have the comfort and dryness of a hard top!
The base Infiniti G Convertible starts at $47,000 while the S Auto stickers for $58,000. The Mazda Miata is $20,000 less, but not nearly as fast or luxurious. The Audi TT is $51,000 but it doesn’t have a retractable hard top. The Porsche Boxster starts at $58,000 but no retractable top their either.
To me the Infiniti G37 Sport is a poor man’s Ferrari California. It captures the spirit of a ultra high end luxury GT touring car without the astronomic price tag. Any way you want your Infiniti G Convertible, that is in regular or sport trim, manual or stick, you will be getting a true luxury grand touring car with lots of flair and a very fair price.
Here is Drivin’ Ivan’s video review of the Infiniti G Convertible Sport with the 6 speed Manual Transmission.
Here is Drivin’ Ivan’s video review of the Infiniti G Convertible.