Infiniti knows that many enthusiasts still look down on the idea of driving a hybrid, but perhaps that stigma will dissipate with help from the M35h hybrid and the Guinness World Record the sedan just set for the fastest hybrid vehicle in production.
When the M35h pulled up to the starting line at the Santa Pod drag strip in the UK, it was armed with a 3.5-liter V-6 and an electric motor that, together, produced 360 horsepower. The Infiniti M35h took off down the drag strip with a quarter-mile time of 13.9 seconds. A speed of 103.5 mph earned the M35h the title of the world’s fastest hybrid and a tentative spot in the 2013 edition of the Guinness World Record book.
The M35h is a formidable opponent when lined up against the likes of the upcoming 2013 Lexus GS 450h. The just-released Lexus comes equipped with a 3.5 liter V-6 engine mated to an electric motor, with 338 horses to the pavement. Lexus claims a 0-60 mph time of 5.6 seconds for the 2013 GS 450h, not far off from Infiniti’s claimed 0-62 mph time of 5.5 seconds for the M35h.
The Infiniti can be driven strictly on electricity until it reaches 62 mph while still achieving 27/32 mpg city/highway. Lexus tells us to expect a fuel economy improvement on the 2013 GS 450h of more than 30 percent, which suggests official EPA-rated numbers around 28/32 mpg.
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Source: Infiniti, Lexus