With its 2012 M35h, Infiniti has proven that driving a hybrid doesn’t have to be dull.
The vehicle lays claim to being the world’s fastest accelerating full hybrid and even has the Guinness World Record
to prove it.
How fast is it? According to Infiniti the M35h will go from 0-60 in around 5.5 seconds, and from our own experience with the car that figure seems right.
But the M35h is more than just a fast car, it’s also a fully fledged luxury sedan with all the comfort you could want.
Designed to go up against Germany’s top selling executive sedans like the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, and Mercedes-Benz E Class, as well as its Japanese rival, the Lexus GS 450h, the M35h is just as accomplished as any of its rivals and is well worth the look at. Note, if you fancy something more conventional, Infiniti’s M also comes with regular V-6 and V-8 engines, with the latter being particular sporty.
The heart of the 2012 Infiniti M35h is its advanced gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain. The setup marries a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with an electric motor built into the car’s seven-speed automatic transmission and powered by an array of lithium-ion batteries.
An electronically controlled clutch allows the full decoupling of the V-6 when the car is in electric drive and power regeneration modes, helping to reduce mechanical drag and boost the efficiency of the electric motor.
Another special feature is the M35h’s advanced seven-speed automatic transmission. Its design does not include a torque converter, which enables the throttle to be blipped on downshifts just like in a manual car.
Total system output is a healthy 360 horsepower and fuel economy is a stellar - for a car of this size and performance - 27/32 mpg city/highway. Note, to reach those figures, you'll need to change how much resistance the gas pedal provides with the eco pedal feature. Another reason for the good economy is the car’s tendency to revert to electric-only power while cruising around town and on the highway. Infiniti claims the M35h can operate as much as 50 percent of the time in this electric-only mode.
Of course, the drivetrain isn’t the end of the story. There’s also plenty of luxury in the M35h, with plenty of leather and premium materials used throughout the cabin, as well as a Bose sound system, a heated steering wheel, and Bluetooth connectivity.
For a more detailed look at the 2012 Infiniti M35h, including a look at its pricing and specs, head over to our sister site The Car Connection
for the full review.