I've been longing to scratch my sports car itch for over 30 years. The G35 Coupe scratched it just fine too! Like most folks, I have a family, house, mortage and a son going to college soon, so spendi...
I've been longing to scratch my sports car itch for over 30 years. The G35 Coupe scratched it just fine too! Like most folks, I have a family, house, mortage and a son going to college soon, so spending $60K or more on a car, wasn't in the cards. I was very pleasantly surprised at how much sports car feel I could get in this price range. I won't lie, I love the attention it gets around town and on the highway (although the Laser Red color has trained me to keep in the middle lane as this car is a magnet for police speed traps!). When the dealer told me during my test drive "You'll chicken out before you reach the limitations of the vehicle..." he was right. I do highway ramps (traditionally circles) at 45+/- mph comfortably and confidently. First gear is a bit tight but third really screams.
The engine has the incredible "throaty" sound to it and while not loud or intrussive to the neighbors, it carries a unique "signature sound" as I call it.
I guess the most noticeable negative in my experience would be that for trips over 3 or 4 hours, it's not especially comfortable (contoured seats etc), unless you weigh 140 lbs, which I don't. Personally, on the couple occasions when I have taken longer trips, I had to stop periodically and shake out my legs, as they were literally falling asleep. But I admit, the highway performance; acceleration from 60, 70 or 80, changing lanes and the Bose Premium Sound system that adjusted the volume proportionally with road noise, then readjusted when you got off the highway, made it a delight to drive.
If you live in the north (as I do) where there is snow etc., I would recommend this as a 3 season car. If you live in the south...well, go crazy and have fun 365!
(P.S. It's a great mid-life crisis car! LOL)