What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?
Illustration for article titled Late20 Guide: Infiniti G35 Sedan 6MT

Infiniti G35 Sedan 6MT (2004 - 2008)
Production: 4,000 - 7,000 (est.)
Drivers: $4,000 - $5,000
Garage Queens: $8,000 - $10,000

Stick with me here. The coupe version doesn’t make the cut because of its ubiquity and the poor reputation of its present day owners, but consider for a moment the point in time where the G35 sedan came into existence.

At the beginning of the G35’s production run, you couldn’t get a non-M 3 Series with more than 230 hp; the G35 came standard with 260. BMW, in essence, charged you a 15% price premium for 12% less power. Infiniti was over a decade old and its only success to that point was the critical success of the original Q45, which never translated to commercial success.

The G35 replaced a FWD pretender with a sports sedan with serious credentials: V6, six-speed manual, rear wheel drive. It’s everything a modern day enthusiast complains that the market currently doesn’t offer.

Don’t believe us? Go buy one and clutch kick it around a corner; you’ll be sold.

The only shame is that Infiniti took all of this momentum and goodwill and did precisely nothing with it, fading back into a sea of competent mediocrity along with their product lineup.


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