Vehicle Review - 2004 Infiniti G35X

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  1. TriShield

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    Traction is Good: Infiniti G35X is Not Just For Snow Days

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    By MARK VAUGHN
    (08:30 Jan. 26, 2004)

    WHILE THE ORIGINAL IDEA behind the G35X was to sell more cars in Snow Belt states, the handling advantages of all-wheel drive in the dry may make it a worthwhile investment down in the Sun Belt, too, if your Sun Belt state has some nice winding mountain roads.

    We turned several laps in several G35s and G35Xs at Nissan's Arizona Proving Center in the desert south of Phoenix, and you can't get sunnier than that. With its combination of fast turns, slow turns, banked turns and elevation whoop-de-dos, the "marketability" course at APC would make a superb road course. The problem is that it wasn't built for club racer wannabes to have fun, it was built for humorless engineers to tune cars for every conceivable bad road in their particular markets. Thus it includes every road-surface irregularity in the paved world-carefully cracked tar strips, lines of manhole covers or undulating wallops of uneven-ness meant to bring all four corners of the suspension to full jounce and full rebound, but not all at the same time.

    So driving through the course means following an entirely new line from what you learned in Bobby Rahal's Track Time Driving School down at Sebring. You point and squirt at areas of the track you wouldn't normally point, let alone squirt, trying to avoid the jarring smacks of the "Detroit Concrete Ruts" and "Duluth Frost Heaves."

    Or you just sail straight into them. The G35X handled either approach with composure.

    The G35X (the name it uses on the decklid; it's called the AWD G35 in the press kit) uses the electromagnetic center differential from the FX35 SUV. That drive system is called, in one of the longest marketing acronyms in automotive history, "Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All Electronic Torque Split." You can refer to it by the official acronym ATTESA E-TS or you can just call it all-wheel drive.

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    The system sends 25 percent of its torque to the front wheels under normal acceleration from a standstill and as much as 50 percent to the front wheels if ATTESA E-TS senses slip at speed. Under normal highway driving, almost all the torque goes to the rear wheels. Pushing the "snow" button on the console will set torque distribution at 50/50. For spirited driving in the dry, we found it best to leave the button alone and let the system play around with torque distribution.

    In addition to its active torque distribution, the G35X gets stiffer springs, shocks and antiroll bars to handle the 308 pounds of curb weight added when engineers stuffed in the transfer case and extra driveshafts. That moved the curb weight from 3369 pounds to 3677 and slid weight distribution forward by 1 percent to 53/47 front/rear.

    Both G35s have the same 260-hp, 260-lb-ft 3.5-liter V6 engine, so those extra pounds and the accompanying parasitic drivetrain losses of awd will probably slow the car in acceleration and lengthen its stopping distances. The mandatory five-speed automatic will slow it even more (not enough people would buy a manual transmission to make it worth offering one, Infiniti said). Ride height on the X is 10 mm (0.393 inch) higher than the rear-drive G35, and the center of gravity is 7.5 mm (0.295 inch) higher. Both versions of the G35 sedan have the same 215/55R-17 all-season tires.

    In spirited corners all that gear made the car feel more stable. On our drive, the rear-wheel-drive G35s oversteered more when exiting corners under hard acceleration than the all-wheel-drive G35Xs, and the G35X felt stiffer in the front end, too, with what felt like better grip going into turns.

    On a regular, dry road course, lap-to-lap with competent pilots, the rear-drive G35 would have to be faster, given the weight difference, ride height and power available to the wheels. But the X model is just a little safer to play with, and would certainly be more stable and maybe even more fun when it starts to rain or snow.

    ON SALE: Now
    BASE PRICE: $32,445
    POWERTRAIN: 3.5-liter, 260-hp, 260-lb-ft V6; awd, five-speed automatic
    CURB WEIGHT: 3677 pounds
    0-60 MPH: 6.0 seconds


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    IBNissansackriders :hisxlnc:
     
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    Hmmm....higher center of gravity, automatic only, stiffer suspension, 300+lbs. added weight. :hs:
     
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    i was lookign at those before i bought my car.
    i almost regret buying my car. please stop posting things g35 related :o
     
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    i wonder if I'll ever see one :o
     
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    Any car over 3,000 lbs. is ungodly and unforgiveably heavy to OT.
     
  8. KenKaniff

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    nice car now just stick the AWD system in the g35 coupe and give it the v8 from the Q45 :eek3:
     
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    mandatory automatic = :down:
     
  10. fallenbox

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    yeah, and it'll be over 50 grand :hsd:
     
  11. mucky

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    No, just to the Nissanfanboyz.
     
  12. KenKaniff

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    oh did I mention a option for a 6- speed or a sequential?
     
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    very nice, ia haters
     
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    I want one.
     
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    Supercharger, turbos, that car is just begging for them.
     
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    does this only come in 4 door tho?
     
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    If I lived in the snow belt I'd definitely get one :o

    and Kevin, I still think that the 9-3 styling is still a bit better :o
     
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    Only 4 door. But the coupe is fugly anyway. I'd rather have the sedan. They need to up the power though to match the coupe, add the CVT, and add some nice paddle shifters.

    That would be incredibly hot.
     
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    Paddle-shifters AND CVT huh? That rocks.
     
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    Shut the fuck up.

    I don't know if you're being serious or sarcastic, but either way I never really liked you or anything you say.
     
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    Knowing this, I will cry myself to sleep every night.
     
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  24. why oh why won't they make the coupe awd??

    oh i know.

    Next skyline gtr = VQ TT + awd
     
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    Keep your Lexus. I don't want you in a Nissan.
     

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