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Ballin' on a Budget: 2008-2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe

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On: Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 8:33AM | By: Teddy Field

Ballin' on a Budget: 2008-2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe

Ballin' on a budget means that you drive a car that's new enough to look expensive, but just old enough not to be. The value of luxury cars drops like a rock because they're based on prevailing styles. But you're smart enough to make your depreciation work for you. This week's budget-friendly Blingmobile is the Infiniti G37 Coupe. It offers the perfect blend of luxury, performance, and style. And it's just cheap enough to let you ball on a budget...

A Grand Touring, or 'GT' car, is designed for long road trips to cool places. They're luxury cars that can perform like sports cars. But their primary mission is luxury and style. To that end, the suspension is usually tuned for a smooth ride, but there's always an underlying 'edge' that allows a GT car to rocket around curves if you ask it to. The Infiniti G37 Coupe is the very definition of a GT. It's built by Nissan's luxury division, so the build quality is impeccable, the leathers, woods, and other materials are top-shelf. There's lots of cool standard tech like xenon headlamps, keyless ignition, and a backup camera. And the performance is... serious.

The 2008–2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe is based on a modified version of Nissan's FM platform, which also underpins their most excellent 370Z sports car. In standard trim, the Infiniti G Coupe offers sharp RWD handling, with a smooth ride, and controlled body roll. The 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe Journey, and the 6-speed manual-equipped Sport, came with a 4-wheel steering system called 4WAS. But its effect on handling was minimal, and repair costs will be high. For maximum performance (see: Fun), get the 2009–2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe, as it comes with the manual gearbox, a tighter (and less comfortable) sport suspension, bigger brakes, and a limited-slip diff. The 2011–2013 Infiniti G37 IPL Coupe offered a similar setup, but with the choice of a paddle-shifted 7-speed auto, more equipment, and more power.

Speaking of power, the 2008–2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe comes with 330hp/270 lb-ft, thanks to the brilliant Nissan 3.7L VQ V6. The Infiniti G Coupe IPL gets 348hp, and can hit 60 mph in around five seconds. The non-IPL G Coupe can do the deed in a still quick mid-to-high five seconds. So, as you can see, this luxury coupe can act like a sports car whenever you want.

Depending on the mileage, model, and condition, the 2008-2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe will run you between $12,000–$22,000 (newer models are still depreciating). The top-spec 2011–2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe IPL will cost between $22,000–$28,000, and your maintenance costs for either type won't be cheap. But the G Coupe is a seriously nice, fast, and, good looking car. And, thanks to the miracle of depreciation, you'll definitely be Ballin' on a Budget.

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