The Infiniti G35 coupe, since its introduction in 2003, has offered sports coupe lovers a powerful, rear-wheel drive performer – one that combines a racing-inspired platform and advanced technology, all draped under a sensuous, aerodynamic body. Now, for the 2005 model year, Infiniti turns up the heat on the competition with enhanced performance, a revised interior and new equipment offerings.
Leading the changes for 2005 is the more powerful G35 Coupe 6MT model with a 298-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC V6, an increase of 18 horsepower over the G35 Coupe model's standard 280-horsepower rating. A new Sport-Tuned Suspension Package with 19-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD), drilled aluminum pedals and unique sport steering wheel is offered with the 5-speed automatic transmission equipped G35 Coupe model. The Sport-Tuned Suspension Package equipment is included as standard equipment on the G35 Coupe 6MT.
"The long list of enhancements to G35 coupe lineup for 2005 make an exciting vehicle even more thrilling," said Mark Igo, vice president and general manager, Infiniti Division. "Serious driving enthusiasts will enjoy the Sport-Tuned Suspension Package's larger wheels and tires, while the unmatched combination of the G35 Coupe 6MT's close-ratio manual transmission and 298 horsepower raises the bar to an even higher level of sporty performance."
In addition to the available performance enhancements, all 2005 G35 coupes receive a number of new interior features, including a redesigned instrument panel and console area with aluminum trim or optional Rosewood trim (late availability) and added mp3 playback capability. Two new interior colors, Stone and Wheat, and three new exterior colors, Serengeti Sand, Lakeshore Slate and Athens Blue, offer additional choices for customers.
An Emphasis on Performance
The 2005 G35 coupe is aimed at the true car enthusiast. Its advanced 5-speed automatic transmission features a manual mode function with new downshift rev-matching, which revs the engine with each downshift to provide better response for the driver. The close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission offers an improved shifter for better feel during shifting. Infiniti's Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system is standard on every G35 coupe.
The G35 Coupe 6MT model receives an additional 18-plus horsepower and a red line increase to 7,000 rpm compared to the automatic transmission-equipped G35 coupes' standard 280 horsepower and 6,600 rev limit, bringing its power to 298-horsepower. The extra power comes from the addition of electronic exhaust valve timing and numerous structural improvements to the engine block. Torque is rated at 270 lb-ft for the G35 Coupe and 260 lb-ft for the G35 Coupe 6MT.
The foundation for all models is the G35's standard 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine. The advanced engine design, part of the award-winning VQ engine series, includes a long list of advanced systems, including a continuously variable valve timing control system, a "noiseless" timing chain for silent operation, a structurally reinforced aluminum engine block and an electronically controlled "drive-by-wire" throttle system. It also features a modular engine design, microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, and molybdenum coated lightweight pistons.
For 2005, the G35 coupe is again offered with a standard, advanced 4-wheel multi-link suspension design with extensive use of aluminum-alloy components to reduce unsprung weight and incorporate special "ripple control" shock absorber technology for responsive yet comfortable ride and handling.
The front suspension design minimizes alignment changes through use of two separate lower links and a long upper link. The rear design separates the shock absorbers and springs, locating the shock absorber inline with the wheel center to help reduce suspension friction and reduce the wind-up motion of the axle on acceleration.
The suspension tuning of the Sport-Tuned Suspension Package (standard on the G35 Coupe 6MT) is more aggressive than the G35 Coupe model, with stiffer spring and shocks and larger diameter stabilizer bars.
The 2005 G35 coupe also benefits from its use of the innovative FM (for Front Mid-ship) platform, which positions the engine behind the front axle. This results in a nearly optimized front-to-rear weight balance of 54:46, which factors in weight transfer during key handling maneuvers, such as entering and exiting corners. The FM platform also positions its large diameter wheels and tires out near the corners of the vehicle, providing an extra measure of handling stability.
The G35 Coupe is equipped with standard 6-spoke, 17-inch cast aluminum wheels and P225/50VR17 tires up front with P235/50VR17 tires in the rear. Also offered are 7-spoke, 18-inch titanium-finish wheels and high-performance tires.
The G35 Coupe 6MT and Sport-Tuned Suspension Package equipped models offer 5-spoke, 19-inch polished aluminum-alloy wheels with P225/40WR19 tires in front and P245/40WR19 tires in the rear. The Sport-Tuned Suspension Package also adds a standard Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VSLD) (also available in the Performance Tire and Wheel Package). All G35 coupes feature a standard Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS).
Standard braking system components include 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with larger rotors for 2005, along with Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).
Sporty Exterior, Refined Interior
The exterior of the 2005 G35 coupe offers styling that is both sporty and elegant. It features standard xenon headlights, integrated fog lights, LED tail lamps, and body-color, dual power, heated, remote-controlled outside mirrors. An Aero Package is available, with rear spoiler and rear side air diffusers. Also offered on all models is a dual sliding glass sunroof with one-touch open/close operation.
The G35 coupe shares the G35 sedan's long 112.2-inch wheelbase but is several inches shorter in overall length (182.2 inches versus 186.9) and height (54.8 inches versus 57.7). With its performance-oriented chassis, wider wheel openings and fenders, the G35 coupe is also slightly wider than the sedan (71.5 inches versus 69.0).
Three new exterior colors are offered for 2005 – Serengeti Sand, Lakeshore Slate and Athens Blue, in addition to carryover colors Laser Red, Black Obsidian, Brilliant Silver, Diamond Graphite and Ivory Pearl.
"The G35 coupe is pure Infiniti in terms of its clean, progressive styling," said Igo. "We also believe it's one of the best looking vehicles on the road, matching its performance leadership with equally strong visual appeal."
The G35 coupe's 4-passenger interior is equally attractive, combining a driver-oriented cockpit with an Infiniti level of luxury and design detail.
For 2005, the instrument panel and console area have been redesigned and materials and textures have been upgraded to provide an even higher quality look and feel. The use of real aluminum on the center console and dashboard areas provides an added degree of authenticity and new optional Rosewood trim (late availability) adds a warmer feel for those who desire it.
Two new interior colors, Stone (gray) and Wheat (beige) are offered in 2005, along with Graphite (black).
Also for 2005, leather-appointed seats (with heated front seats) are now standard. The sport-contoured front bucket seats are 8-way power adjustable for the driver and 4-way power adjustable for the passenger. A power walk-in feature allows access to the rear seats. The rear seatback folds down for added cargo flexibility.
An in-dash 6-disc CD changer, with mp3 capability added for 2005, is standard, while a digital Bose® premium audio system with eight speakers and a DVD-based Infiniti Navigation System with 7.0-inch wide power retractable monitor are optional.
Other interior amenities include an Infiniti signature analog clock, Fine Vision electro-fluorescent gauge illumination and driver and passenger one-touch up/down power windows and door locks, tilt and telescoping steering, to name just a few.
The Sport-Tuned Suspension Package adds drilled aluminum pedals and perforated leather-appointed seats with unique steering wheel stitching.
High-Level of Safety
From a safety standpoint, every 2005 G35 coupe comes with standard dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and RF occupant classification sensor, front-seat side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags. Also standard are 3-point ALR/ELR seat belts (driver's side ELR only) and front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters and adjustable upper anchors, and the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system.
The G35 coupe's FM platform Zone Body construction is designed to help protect occupants in a collision by efficiently absorbing crash energy through use of front and rear crushable zones. In a high-speed frontal collision, for example, the crushable zone crumples while the engine is designed to move under the occupant compartment. This has the effect of expanding the crushable zone, thereby helping to reduce the deceleration g-force and simultaneously helping to minimize cabin deformation, especially in the leg area.
In offset impacts, a strong body construction is needed to decrease the amount of cabin deformation. Other features also contribute to improved occupant safety, including the breakaway construction of the propeller shaft (connected with the engine-drop function) and the double-wall construction of the bulkhead.
Models and Packages
The 2005 Infiniti G35 coupe is offered in two fully equipped models, the G35 Coupe and G35 Coupe 6MT.
A number of optional packages are offered, including the previously detailed Sport-Tuned Suspension Package. The Premium Package includes sunroof, Bose audio system, power tilt and telescopic steering, dual HVAC controls, auto on/off headlights, HomeLink Universal Transceiver, and automatic anti-glare rearview mirror.
Other packages include the Performance Tire & Wheel Package (G35 Coupe model only) with 18-inch wheels and tires; and the Aero Package with rear spoiler and side diffusers. Individually available options include the sunroof, Infiniti Navigation System (available with Premium Package), and genuine Rosewood trim (available with the Premium Package beginning with February 2005 production).
"The G35 coupe has always had an undeniable visual appeal with outstanding performance. With the drivetrain enhancements and the interior improvements for 2005, the G35 coupe is definitely a candidate for any enthusiasts' dream garage," said Igo.