Chevrolet Camaro Convertible vs Infiniti G37

6 Aug, 2012 10:15am

Chevrolet has unleashed its muscular V8 Camaro Convertible in the UK. Is it a better buy than the V6-engined Infiniti G37?

Driving into the sunset on a deserted highway or cruising along a beach front boulevard with the wind in your hair... it’s easy to let your imagination run away with you when thinking about drop-top US muscle cars.

However, drive one of these charismatic machines in the UK, and our unpredictable weather and tight, twisty lanes will soon make any dreams of Route 66 evaporate.

That’s something Chevrolet is hoping to change with the Camaro. It’s currently the best-selling sports car in the US, ahead of its arch rival, the Ford Mustang. And now Chevy has decided to officially import the car to the UK.

It’s been modified for the European market, but is still left-hand drive, and the Camaro gives you a big V8 engine and head-turning looks for just over £40,000.

Facing the newcomer is the similarly priced Infiniti G37 Convertible. It’s also popular on the other side of the Atlantic, and the V6-powered cabrio offers comparable performance and a folding hard-top. So which of these big convertibles will have its moment in the sun?

Winner: Chevrolet Camaro ★★★

The Camaro is flawed but hugely likeable, and with just 200 cars coming to the UK, it’s guaranteed to be exclusive. If you want supercar levels of attention for half the outlay, then it’s the car for you. It trails Europe’s best for driving dynamics, but is still fun. Dreadful economy, a flimsy roof and a relatively disappointing cabin are the downsides, but if you can live with these flaws, the Chevy will always entertain.   

2nd: Infiniti G37 Convertible ★★

A disappointing driving experience, dubious looks and a cramped and old-fashioned interior all count against the G37. It’s hard to see Infiniti luring customers away from mainstream rivals, and the car doesn’t have anywhere near enough charm to be an alternative choice. And while it has the performance to match the Chevrolet, this isn’t enough to prevent it taking the wooden spoon in this encounter.

Disqus - noscript

Shame you didn t the steering wheel on the right side ! I guess that you get the US version with better suspension, wich means tacho in milles per hour...

Hope that this great thing will sell enough to be available in RHD in the UK for the next generation.

Nick from France
ex Londoner

sorry

Crikey! How bad must the Infiniti actually BE? I've driven that very Camaro and would agree with most of the opinions. If you're expecting the customary V8 noise, you will be very disappointed. It will scream if you want it to but it's more akin to a fish-wife and not entirely pleasant. Fit and finish is poor and dated. Super-car? Hardly. Upwards of £40k for a LHD muscle-car with cramp? Struuuth...look at that envelope go!

AEX 1337
For more breaking car news and reviews, subscribe to Auto Express - available as a weekly magazine and on your iPad. We'll give you 6 issues for £1 and a free gift!

Sponsored Links