The G35 Sport Sedan expresses Infiniti's bold direction of combining leading-edge design and technology, driver-oriented performance and a high level of luxury. For 2006, the G35 adds Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System and optional satellite radio to the Premium Package and a new exterior color - Liquid Platinum.
The rear-wheel drive G35 is powered by an advanced, 280-horsepower V6 engine mated to a choice of 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode or 6-speed manual transmission. With the manual transmission the engine is tuned to deliver 298 horsepower. The G35's performance is enhanced by a 4-wheel independent suspension with lightweight aluminum components and highly aerodynamic styling - including a coefficient of drag of just 0.27 and zero degrees of front lift.
The G35 is also offered with a state-of-the-art "intelligent" all-wheel drive system. The G35x AWD model features Infiniti's ATTESA E-TS (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All Electronic Torque Split) all-wheel drive system, which is also utilized on the M35x, FX and G35x sedan.
"Since its inception in 2002, the G35 has been our best selling model, it's one of the top performers in class and the recipient of numerous top rankings in enthusiast magazine head-to-head comparison tests," said Mark Igo, vice president and general manager, Infiniti Division. "The G35 sedan is in a class of its own and a true all star."
A Sporty, Dynamic Exterior
The exterior styling continues to express the G35's strong balance between sportiness and function. The low, aggressive hoodline, with restyled, lightweight aluminum hood, flows into the sharply angled windshield and contributes to the G35's sporty, powerful silhouette. The front fascia features a revised grille, new front bumper design and new headlight lens with integrated fog lights and turn signals.
A smooth visual line flows from the front end and front fenders through the side profile, while the C-pillar and rear fenders accentuate the spaciousness of the cabin. The large greenhouse provides good visibility from all seating positions. The new rear fascia is highlighted by the redesigned rear combination lamps with LED taillights. The LED lights provide maintenance-free operation and bright visual recognition for following drivers during braking.
The 2006 G35 continues to utilize the racing technology-inspired FM (Front Mid-ship) platform, which mounts the engine behind the front axle in the "front mid-ship" position. The positioning of the engine is a key to the G35's high level of driving performance, providing a nearly optimized 53:47 percent front-to-rear-weight balance.
This layout also features a long wheelbase (112.2 inches) and short front and rear overhangs, providing a large interior for its highly manageable overall length (186.5 inches) and excellent interior space utilization. A wide front and rear track adds to the G35's overall handling stability and further enhances interior and trunk volume.
The FM platform design also places a strong emphasis on aerodynamics. The G35 has a coefficient of drag measurement of just 0.27 (0.26 with optional rear spoiler) for reduced wind noise and optimized fuel economy. The design also emphasizes the control of airflow under the body. The extensive use of diffusers and deflectors helps the G35 achieve zero front lift (0.0 clf), reducing drag and noise and contributing to vehicle stability. With the optional rear spoiler and rear diffusers/fairings, zero rear lift is also achieved.
The G35 is offered in eight exterior colors, including a new color for 2006, Liquid Platinum.
A Driver-Oriented Interior Design
The G35's interior offers a high quality look and feel, along with a driver-oriented instrument panel and console area. The interior materials and textures provide a rich impression and the use of real aluminum and wood-tone trim provides a degree of authenticity to the interior. Available wood accents (Wood Trim Package) consist of a straight-grained Rosewood. A choice of three interior colors are available, including Stone (gray), Wheat (beige) and Graphite (black) to allow a wide choice for customers. Every 2006 G35 comes with standard leather-appointed seating.
Examples of the G35's combination of sportiness and comfort can be found throughout the spacious (98.0 cubic feet) interior. The driver's seat uses a special center mound shape with high damping urethane foam and special spring design to support the driver during sporty driving, while the front passenger's seat has a flatter-shaped lower cushion and the seat is shaped to provide a relaxed posture. In the rear, the G35 offers a choice of wide bucket-shaped seats or optional rear reclining seats, both with ample knee room, and a pass-through armrest. The G35 trunk measures a full 14.8 cubic feet of trunk space.
A three-spoke steering wheel provides a firm grip and sporty feel and the instrument panel features Infiniti's Fine Vision electro-fluorescent illumination system and signature analog clock. The optional DVD-based Infiniti Navigation System includes a 7.0-inch retractable screen. Audio systems include a standard 6-speaker AM/FM with in-dash 6-disc CD changer with mp3 playback capability and an optional Bose premium audio system with an AM/FM/ in-dash 6-disc CD changer with RDS, 7 speakers, speed-sensitive volume control and steering wheel audio controls.
New for 2006, the Premium Package adds a Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System and optional satellite radio with choice of XM or Sirius(TM) services.
A Choice of Rear-Wheel or All-Wheel Drive
The G35 has been noted, since its introduction, for its outstanding balance of acceleration and handling. The heart of G35's performance is its standard 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6, derived from the VQ engine series, which has been recognized as one of the "Ten Best Engines" by Ward's Auto World magazine for 11 consecutive years.
The standard V6 engine produces 280* horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque for models equipped with the advanced 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode. The 2006 G35 6MT model with close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission features 298 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
The VQ engine design includes a long list of advanced systems, including a continuously variable valve timing control system, a "noiseless" timing chain for quiet 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.
Along with its advanced engine design, the G35 is also offered with a state-of-the-art "intelligent" all-wheel drive system. The system utilizes an active torque distribution management system with an active center differential designed for smooth starts, better fuel economy and better traction and maneuverability on snowy roads than conventional all-wheel drive systems and minimal compromise of rear-wheel drive performance characteristics on dry roads.
The system's advanced torque split control strategy automatically transfers optimum torque to the wheels according to road and driving conditions. It provides outstanding cornering capability similar to a sports car due to optimum torque distribution to the front and rear wheels (50:50 up to 0:100).
The system also provides high starting traction performance and smooth, stable acceleration, especially in snow-covered or adverse road situations with the driver-selectable Snow-Mode switch, which allows the driver to fix the torque distribution ratio at 50:50 and reduces throttle sensitivity to improve performance at low speeds on slippery roads as desired.
All 2006 G35s, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, come with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), helping to enhance vehicle stability under a variety of driving conditions.
The G35's advanced braking system utilizes power-assisted 4-wheel vented disc brakes. The system also includes 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), which distributes brake force depending on load condition (passengers and cargo) and Brake Assist (BA), which senses hard or panic pedal application and helps provide maximum braking capacity and Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS), which uses the ABS sensors to detect wheel spin and applies braking to the spinning wheel.
The 2006 G35's high level of sporty handling is provided by a standard 4-wheel independent multi-link suspension design. The front suspension 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 2006 G35 features standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P215/55R17 tires on automatic transmission models and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and P235/45R18 tires on the 6-speed manual transmission model. The 18-inch wheels and tires and Viscous Limited-Slip Differential are optionally available on rear-wheel drive models with automatic trasmission as part of the Sport-Tuned Suspension package. A Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) is standard on all 2006 G35s.
A Long List of Standard Safety Features
All 2006 G35s come equipped with the Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and RF occupant classification sensor, front-seat side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted side-impact curtain air bags for front- and rear-seat occupant head protection. 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 front seat Active Head Restraints. It is also equipped with the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system.
The G35 also features Zone Body Construction with front and rear crushable zones to help disperse crash energy around the passenger compartment.
The FM platform provides a number of innovative safety performance features, including a mechanism for releasing the engine downward in certain collisions, and a breakaway driveshaft helping prevent the intrusion of the engine into the passenger compartment and brake pedal construction that helps prevent rearward pedal movement and lower leg injuries.
G35 Availability and Equipment
The 2006 Infiniti G35 is available in three models - G35, G35x AWD and G35 6MT. The G35 and G35x AWD come with standard 5-speed automatic transmission and manual shift mode with downshift rev matching and 17-inch wheels and tires. The G35 6MT model features a close-ratio 6-speed manual, 18-inch wheels and tires, Viscous Limited-Slip Differential, sport-tuned suspension and higher horsepower engine tuning. All 2006 G35 models include leather-appointed interiors and a long list of standard comfort and convenience features.
Several available optional packages allow the buyer to custom-equip the 2006 G35 to further reflect his or her exact driving style and tastes. Packages include the Premium Package A (available with the G35 6MT), with Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System, dual sliding glass sunroof with one-touch open/close feature, dual-zone air conditioning, driver's seat memory, automatic auto on/off headlights, HomeLink Universal Transceiver, Bose audio system with 7 speakers, satellite radio, adjustable reclining rear seats, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel and more.
The Premium Package B (available only with the Sport-Tuned Suspension Package) adds all of the Premium Package A contents plus an automatic entry/exit driver's seat system, Intelligent Key and rear air conditioning vents. The Premium Package C (available on G35 and G35x AWD, not available with Sport-Tuned Suspension Package) includes the Premium Package B contents plus a full-size spare tire.
The Sport-Tuned Suspension Package adds unique 18-inch aluminum-alloy sport wheels with W-rated P235/45R18 high-performance tires, sport-tuned springs and shock absorbers and viscous limited-slip differential.
The Aero Package, which is available with the Sport-Tuned Suspension Package or G35 6MT model, adds a rear spoiler with rear underbody rear side fairings. Other available options include a navigation system, genuine Rosewood trim and sunroof.
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. For the 2006 model year, the G35 coupe continues to add refinements, including available Rear Active Steer; new bi-xenon headlights and revised taillights; additions to the Premium Package, including available Intelligent Key system and Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System, a new exterior color; and new Sport Package styling features, including unique front fascia and side sills and revised optional rear spoiler.
The rear-wheel drive G35 coupe is powered by an advanced, 280-horsepower* V6 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode and Downshift Rev Matching. The G35 coupe is also available with 6-speed manual transmission delivering 298 horsepower. The G35 coupe's performance is enhanced by a 4-wheel independent suspension with lightweight aluminum components and highly aerodynamic styling.
"The G35 coupe offers driving enthusiasts everything they want in a sports car - a racing-inspired, driver-oriented, rear-wheel drive platform with a powerful V6 engine all draped under a sensuous, eye-catching two-door body," said Mark Igo, vice president and general manager, Infiniti Division.
"For 2006, the G35 coupe revs things up a notch with available interior, exterior and mechanical refinements."
An Emphasis on Performance
The G35 coupe is aimed at the true car enthusiast. Its advanced 5-speed automatic transmission features a manual mode function with Downshift Rev Matching, which revs the engine with each downshift to provide better response for the driver. Also available is a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission. Infiniti's Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system is standard on every G35 coupe.
The foundation for all models is the G35's standard 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine, producing 280 horsepower on automatic transmission-equipped models and 298 horsepower on the G35 Coupe 6MT. 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 2006, 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 handling and stability of the 2006 G35 coupe is further optimized by an available, new Infiniti Rear Active Steer system. Unlike passive rear steering systems, this design features motor-driven control. This system helps improve the vehicle's handling performance by adjusting the rear suspension geometry according to steering input and vehicle speed.
The system's electronic control unit calculates the desired vehicle dynamics from a series of sensors, including vehicle speed and steering angle, and directs the system actuator to change rear geometry by moving both rear suspension lower links. The result is sports car-like agility, combined with luxury stability and ride quality. The Rear Active Steer system was first introduced on the 2006 Infiniti M45 and M35 Sport models. It is available on the 2006 G35 Coupe 6MT models with Premium Package and G35 coupe models with Sport and Premium Packages.
In addition, the Rear Active Steer Package adds an enhanced vehicle-speed-sensitive power steering system with a 15.1:1 steering gear ratio.
The 2006 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 forged aluminum-alloy wheels with P225/40YR19 tires in front and P245/40YR19 tires in the rear. The Sport-Tuned Suspension Package also adds a standard Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VSLD). All G35 coupes feature a standard Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS).
Standard braking system components include 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with large rotors, along with Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).
Sporty Exterior, Refined Interior
The exterior of the 2006 G35 coupe offers styling that is both sporty and elegant. It features new projector-beam bi-xenon headlights, integrated fog lights, revised LED tail lamps, and body-color, dual power, heated, remote-controlled outside mirrors.
An Aero Package is available, with a revised 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 Sport Package adds a unique front fascia and side sills for 2006.
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).
A new exterior color is available for 2006 - Liquid Platinum.
The G35 coupe's 4-passenger interior is equally attractive, combining a driver-oriented cockpit with an Infiniti level of luxury and design detail.
The use of real aluminum on the center console and dashboard areas provides an added degree of authenticity and optional Rosewood trim adds a warmer feel for those who desire it.
Leather-appointed seats (with heated front seats) are 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, 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. New for 2006, the Premium Package for G35 Coupe 6MT models adds Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System and driver's seat and steering wheel memory. A new Premium Package with Intelligent Key is available on G35 Coupe models.
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.
High-Level of Safety
From a safety standpoint, every 2006 G35 coupe comes with a standard Advanced Air Bag System with 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, front seat Active Head Restraints 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 lower 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 2006 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 Rear Active Steer Package and the Sport-Tuned Suspension Package.
The Premium Package (available on the G35 Coupe 6MT only) includes power one-touch open/close sunroof, Bose audio system, power tilt and telescopic steering, dual HVAC controls, auto on/off headlights, HomeLink Universal Transceiver, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System, driver's seat and steering wheel memory and automatic anti-glare rearview mirror.
Also, new for 2006, a Premium Package with Intelligent Key (available on the G35 Coupe only) is offered with Intelligent Key and driver-side entry/exit assist added to the above-mentioned Premium Package.
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).