2008 Acura TL Type-S vs. 2008 Infiniti G35 Sport – AskMen

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Acura TL Type-S vs. Infiniti G35 Sport

Infiniti G35 Sport

MSRP (base): $32,650

Engine: 3.5-liter, 24-Valve, DOHC, VQ35DE V6

Horsepower: 306 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm

Torque: 268 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

MPG: City: 17; Highway: 24

Performance – 17/20

The Infiniti G35 Sport is grounded on a bantam-weight, balanced, revised myriad chassis and is offered solely in RWD (rear-wheel drive ). The four-wheel, independent, sport-tuned suspension receives stronger bushings and isn’t skittish through corners. The 3.5-liter, 24-valve, DOHC, VQ35DE V6 engine is the same found on Nissan’s 350Z, with a slightly higher output of 306 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm and 268 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm.

A high-flow air induction system with a matching Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control (CVVT) for the exhaust was integrated and increases oxygen intake immensely. All is managed by a close-ratio, six-speed, short-throw manual transmission or optional five-speed automatic transmission with a Tiptronic function. The Infiniti G35 Sport rendition hits a top speed of 145 mph and races from 0-60 in 6.2 seconds.

Exterior design – 17/20

A bonus touch of performance comes with the overall design of the Infiniti G35 Sport. Improved aerodynamics come from the air-flow management and 0.29 drag coefficient provided by the zero-lift front bumper and optional rear spoiler. The hood, now fashioned in aluminum with gas struts, shaves off weight and has the cutouts that house the High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-Xenon headlamps (fog lights are optional with the ensemble). The LED taillights rest above the dual exhaust pipes with chrome finishings, as the split seven-spoke, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels complete the well-rounded and aggressive design .

Interior design – 6/10

Sound system/goodies – 7/10

The Infiniti G35 Sport, in all of its Premium Sport trim ameliorations, serves up a bevy of digital treats. The motherboard is DVD based and is mated to the touch-screen, real-time navigation. The media player has a Radio Data System and can host both MP3s and XM satellite radio. The AM/FM function gets an assist from automatic active signal boosters that pick up on the strongest frequencies.

Ducati 65 TL
Ducati 65 TL

Best of all is the Bose surround-sound configuration and attached 9.3 GB Music Box hard drive. Those still not satisfied will rejoice in the automatic temperature control, 12-volt power outlet and rear-seat reading lights.

Bang for your buck – 17/20

Because the base asking price is so much further south than its competitors, we don’t feel bashful about recommending you pile on all the fixings. By the time you’ve tricked out your Infiniti G35 Sport you’ll realize that you would’ve plunked down equal or more elsewhere, minus all the toys and the smooth ride.

Driving experience – 17/20

Taking over the performance driver persona is easy and almost second nature in this Infiniti four-door. Once the intelligent key entry grants you access and you’re at the wheel, be sure to note the (VLSD) limited-slip differential, the larger, bold calipers and their keen handling effects. The output, coupled with the accident avoidance and occupant protection function, along with 17 city mpg and 24 highway mpg, make the Infiniti G35 Sport a superb choice for a daily commuter.

Overall score – 81/100

The Infiniti G35 Sport capitalizes on the impeccable engine package provided by Nissan and applies it to a higher luxury standard.

and the winner is

The Acura TL Type-S made this one into an interesting dogfight and presented enough of a challenge that the victor was decided by just a three-point margin. Although the “super” TL has its share of highlights, the Infiniti G35 Sport proves to be the bully in this class in terms of muscle, bargain and luxury.

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