Infiniti G37 Convertible

Lift-off at last for new high-spec hard-top.

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

To succeed in the UK, Infiniti needs a desirable model range with a depth of talents. And the G37 is an excellent start. It’s far sportier than a Lexus, yet more refined than the 370Z it’s based on, and balances dynamic ability and long-distance comfort well. Some of the interior plastics fall short, but the generous list of standard equipment and good looks make up for it.

Infiniti has arrived! Nearly two years later than planned, Nissan’s luxury brand has opened its first UK dealer, in Reading, Berks. So we’ve taken the most desirable model, the G37 Convertible, for a work-out on British roads. The G37 has plenty of pedigree. The engine is a detuned version of the V6 found in Nissan’s 370Z, while the platform is a longer and wider version of the Z-car’s, too.

On the move, the Infiniti isn’t as raw as the Nissan, but those expecting a soft, silent driving experience are in for a shock. The steering is direct, the engine vocal and responsive and the seven-speed paddleshift auto gearbox is up to the task. A firm ride ensures the car is agile in corners, but the trade-off is bumpy low-speed progress, plus deafening road roar – especially with the 19-inch wheels fitted.

We can’t fault the G37’s tidy proportions and flowing curves, and unlike some CCs, the rear looks trim. But with the metal roof folded away, boot space is non-existent, forcing you to use the back bench for storage.

Inside are plump leather seats, while hi-tech kit includes a Bose stereo with speakers in the headrests and noise cancelling. So the G37 is a stylish and well equipped contender in this class, and a surprisingly good package.

Rival: Lexus IS 250C Coupé-cabrio version of the IS offers strong luxury and refined cruising. But up the pace, and its gutless engine and unresponsive handling leave a lot to be desired.

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