The last time the Infiniti G37 Coupe went head-to-head against a competitor in an MT test, it scored an upset victory against the longtime luxury sport coupe champ, the Bmw 3
Series. That was approximately three years ago. Since then, the G has received several incremental improvements. So when we found both a 2011 G37 two-door and Cadillac's new 2011 CADILLAC CTS
Coupe in our garage at the same time -- similarly equipped, at that -- we decided to pit the two against each other in a good-old-fashioned vehicular duel.
Similarities between the two coupes abound. Both are rear-drive 2+2s fitted with naturally aspirated V-6 engines good for more than 300 horsepower. Each car has nearly 50/50 weight distribution and is fitted with 19-inch rolling stock shod with sticky rubber. Both of our test cars came equipped with automatic transmissions, grippy brakes, and stiff, sport-tuned suspensions. Inside, both feature an array of luxury goodies like a navigation system, rear-view camera, and heated seats. Yet despite everything that's alike about them, each car takes a decidedly different approach to the idea of the "luxury sports coupe."
The CADILLAC CTS
focuses more on the luxury part of the equation. Like its sedan sibling, its follows the "more space for less money" philosophy. In this case, "less money" comes to a tidy $1860 and "more space" equals 5.4 inches of extra length and 2.3 inches of extra width. The extra footprint gives the CADILLAC CTS
a considerable advantage in the shoulder room, rear-seat legroom, and cargo volume departments over the G37 (though the Infiniti offers slightly more front-seat leg and headroom), but also makes the Cadillac
roughly 400 pounds heavier than its adversary.