Infiniti has announced the European specification for its new G37 Convertible, which arrives in September.
Infiniti is a new name to the UK car market. It represents the premium arm of Nissan in much the same way that Lexus is the premium brand of Toyota. However, Infiniti is projecting a more sporting image, hoping to tempt BMW customers, while Lexus is perhaps more akin to Mercedes.
The Infiniti G37 Convertible is a drop-top version of the G37 Coupé. It has a folding metal hard-top bringing greater refinement and security than more traditional canvas. And, to our eyes at least, it helps the G37 to look impressively elegant with the roof up or down.
That roof takes just 25 seconds to cover up or disappear, and can be operated from inside the car or, unusually, via a button on the door handle.
Standard sat nav, high-spec stereo
There are just two Infiniti G37 variants offered: GT and GT Premium.
Standard on the GT are 19-inch alloy wheels, sports brakes, a wind deflector, bi-xenon headlights with active cornering function, dual-zone, adaptive climate control, keyless go, plus heated, electrically-adjustable leather seats.
It also comes with special self-healing Scratch Shield paint, which is capable of recovering from light scuffing with the application of hot water, and debuts Infiniti’s new Connectiviti satellite navigation and “infotainment” system, with 2GB hard disk storage for music, iPod connectivity, , and a reversing camera.
GT Premium upgrades to Connectiviti+. It provides a 10GB hard disk for music and a 30GB hard disk for the navigation system, which has points of interest supplied by the Michelin Green Guide, a ‘scenic route’ option and speed camera warning.
In addition, both front seats gain a cooling function and speakers built into the headrests. These are part of a 13-speaker Bose sound system that claims the ability to filter out background noise – much like a set of noise canceling headphones.
Fast, but not frugal
A seven-speed automatic gearbox with magnesium paddle shifters is optional in place of the standard six-speed manual gearbox. Like the Coupé, the Convertible is powered by a 3.7-litre petrol V6 with 315bhp.
The 0-62mph sprint takes 6.2 seconds, and top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. Just don’t expect it to be too environmentally friendly.
Prices for the G37 Convertible will be announced soon.
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