Ask a dozen people what the fastest-accelerating car in the world is, and you’re likely to get a dozen different answers. Those who know a thing or two about cars will probably be willing to defend their answers as well, perhaps backing them up with video documentation.
Change the qualifier to “fastest accelerating full-hybrid,” and you’ll likely get the same result despite the smaller sample size. One candidate would likely be the Veritas RSIII, which promises a 0 to 62 mph time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.
Of course you can’t simply stroll on down to your local Veritas dealer and plunk down cash on one, so if you’re talking about the fastest accelerating production hybrid, the field narrows down to three current candidates.
Porsche’s Panamera Hybrid, with its combined output of 380 horsepower, seems like a legitimate contender. So does the Infiniti M35h, which boasts a more modest 350 horsepower but previously bagged the “world’s fastest full hybrid” title, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Then there’s the new kid on the block, the upcoming Lexus GS 450h, which will come with a combined output of 338 horsepower. If the GS is lighter than its predecessor’s 4,134 pounds, and geared for better acceleration (unlikely, in a hybrid), we could have a serious dogfight.
Alas, we don’t. As you’ve probably already seen in the video above, the “world’s fastest accelerating hybrid” mystery video was nothing more than a helping of leftovers, warmed up and served to us by Infiniti. It’s the Infiniti M35h, the very same car that took the honors (according to Guinness) last year.