Infiniti aims for top tier
It’s quick and clever but the engine’s showing its age
and looks inside to match the Premium in the car’s name.
It’s more a competitor to the Nissan 370Z on which it is based than a prestige alternative to the German marques that set the benchmark in this segment.
There are two models in the Coupe line-up. The $75,900 GT Premium has a sunroof, adaptive xenon headlamps, rearview camera and a Bose sound system with seven-inch touchscreen that includes a 30GB hard drive and satnav.
Spending another $12,000 for the S Premium adds bigger wheels and brakes, upgraded suspension and a limited-slip diff. That’s at least $10,000 cheaper than the Mercedes C350 with a V6 or the Audi and BMW diesel sixes that use far less fuel but still go just as hard.
Stiffer suspension and a slippery diff sharpen the response of the S model. Fourwheel steering then hones it into a precision tool — the setup adjusts the steering ratio depending on speed and the amount of lock as well as having the rear wheels steer in the opposite direction in carparks to tighten up the turning circle. At highway speeds the rears turn with the front to improve stability.
The most impressive part about the electronics is the fact that they improve the handling without sacrificing feedback.