Click image for a gallery of 39 high-res shots of the G35 sport It's not easy living in the midwest and reviewing vehicles, specifically in Cleveland, Ohio where schizophrenic weather that calls for boots and gloves on Monday can switch to shades and shorts by Tuesday. In mid January, Infiniti gave us the choice to test either the 2007 G35 S or G35x AWD. At the time, skies were blue and the temperature mild, so we felt comfortable indulging ourselves by ordering up the G35 S. This would allow us to review the new 306-hp VQHR 3.5L V6 in its unadulterated, rear-wheel drive glory. Little did we know that by the time our car was delivered in early February, the region would be gripped by the biggest snowstorm of the year. To make matters worse, our car wasn't able to be fitted with all-season tires and arrived wearing a set of well-worn, low profile summer tires. This was going to be interesting. We engineered our schedules so that the Infiniti tester would be our sole means of transport from Cleveland to Chicago for the 2007 Chicago Auto Show. Ideally, the 700-mile round trip was to be the perfect laboratory in which to test all facets of the new G sedan's performance. In reality, it became a white-knuckle drive through fog, freezing rain and snow at 35 mph. Our dream of reaching Chicago in record time was shattered the first time a Kia Sorento passed us without a care in the world. Though the new VQ V6 kept tempting us to tap the gas, each stab was greeted with a wave from the back end. So while our attempts to flog the 2007 Infiniti G35 S were thwarted in every meaningful sense, we have have lots to talk about after spending a week with the car. The 2007 Infiniti G37 Coupe has already been revealed ahead of its official debut at the New York Auto Show next week, and the application of the G's redesign to the two-door has received mixed reviews. The sedan, in our opinion, wears the new organically shaped sheetmetal better. The new G35 sedan comes off as a direct evolution of the first generation model. Straight lines and creases have been universally replaced with curves around the whole body, while the visual weight of the car has increased. According to our research, the 2007 model is about 100 lbs. heavier than last year's, as well as being a half an inch longer, less than an inch wider and half an inch shorter in height. We think the G35's best angle is a head on shot thanks to its new grille. Whereas the old model sported a few horizontal bars, the new G35 features four chrome bars that are "crimped" on the outside and thinner in the middle. The HID bi-xenon headlights also have a more expressive shape, which gives the car an evil glare befitting its performance prowess more than the previous car's wide-eyed stare. The G35 …
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