In a Japanese magazine called DC Match, a couple of Nikon engineers were being interviewed and one of them piped up with this interesting observation about the difference between the 85mm 1.4 D and G as tested on their newish lens evaluation system called OPTIA. It's a terrible translation but here's the gist: " Sharpness etc. are better for the newest designed G lens, but...the three-dimensional characteristics etc. are rather better for the D lens There was also a part thought. Although the residual aberration is generally smaller for the G lens, the D lens realizes well-balanced depiction by leaving aberrations well."
Does that jibe with your experience? Ignoring sharpness, does the D version do better at 3D rendering than the G?
Here's a link to the Google Translate version of the storyhttps://translate.google.com/translate?hl=&sl=ja&tl=en&u=https://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/interview/621449.html