Somebody at Nissan understands what makes an interior work for the driver as well as the purchasing department. The only ones short changed are rear seat passengers much over Five Feet tall.
The Coupe shares its adjustable steering column/instrument pod with the G35 sedan and Nissan 350 Z. This makes it cost-effective, as well as ergonomic.
The optional navigation screen rises vertically out of the center stack, and is fronted by rows of large, easy-to-read buttons and a joystick for choosing on-screen menu selections. Sure, it blocks the clock when it's up, but at least you have an idea of where you're going.
Dual gloveboxes. The small-but-deep upper glovebox is the perfect place for the owner's manual, maps, etc. This means the larger lower unit actually has some utility. What a concept!
Quick. What's the difference between this gearshift and the one in the 350 Z? Nothing. A nice re-use of a component without it looking out of place.
The satin-finish aluminum -- real aluminum, just like on the steering wheel spokes -- provides a nice accent to the monochrome interior. This gives the various and sundry buttons and switches a more upscale appearance, despite their more prosaic Nissan backgrounds.
There may be a family resemblance to the G35 sedan, but the Coupe shares no exterior pieces with its larger sibling. This isn't a cut-down sedan parading as a Sports GT car. It's the real thing.
The headlamp clusters are much more highly styled than the sedan's, overlapping the high-intensity lighting units, and placing the turn signals in a long, vertical arc, near the leading edge of the front fender.
Another carryover From the 350 Z.
No surprises here. Like the sedan, the coupe uses LED taillights. Only this time they're arranged in circles instead of straight lines.
The 18-in, wheels (standard on the 6-speed manual version, optional on the 5-speed automatic model fitted with a leather interior) are pushed out to the carners. Both the coupe and the sedan ride on the same 112.2-in. wheelbase, though the coupe is both shorter and wider. The 7-spoke wheels give a great view of the 6-speed's Brembo brakes.
The grille has Four air foil-shapped vanes with chrome edges and evenly placed "bumps" on their upper surface. The latter are purely cosmetic.
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|Title Annotation:||Infiniti G35 Coupe|
|Author:||Sawyer, Christopher A.|
|Publication:||Automotive Design & Production|
|Article Type:||Product/Service Evaluation|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2002|
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