Debuting at the New York Auto Show for the first time Infinity has introduce its first hybrid sedan and has earned ascot in Guinness World Records. Known as the Infinity M Hybrid, the starting price for this electric vehicle is $53,700.
Forbes was first to report that the vehicle goes 0-60mph in 6.1 seconds-fast enough to challenge a Chevy Camaro V6. Also fast enough to get into the books as the quickest hybrid production car ever, according to Guinness World Records.
Infiniti Europe certified the 360-horsepower M Hybrid with Guinness for the official post, spokesman Kyle Bazemore told me. The Infiniti team in America then confirmed the title against a Porsche Panamera Hybrid, just for a lark. You can watch the comparison video here.
“We clearly win,” Bazemore says.
On a more practical front, even if took a while for Infiniti to catch up with Mercedes, Lexus, Lincoln, Porsche and others already in the hybrid business, they’ve taken care to put out something good. The M35h averages 32 miles per gallon on the highway and can drive on electric power alone at speeds up to 62 mph. It can travel on electric propulsion for up to 1.2 miles at a time. And in mixed diving it will drive in electric-only mode for up to 50-percent of the time.
One note: While the EPA ratings on the M Hybrid trounce those of the base 2012 M37 V6 (rated at 18/26 mpg) and the BMW ActiveHybrid 5-Series (30mpg), they don’t beat things like the Lexus CT200h (42mpg) or the Mercedes-Benz E-Class diesels.
On the other hand, Infiniti has kitted the hybrid just as well as any of its other enviable models: hill-start assist, mode selection (sport, snow, eco, standard), speed-sensitive power steering, fog lights, moon roof, rain-sensing wipers and dual chrome exhaust all come standard.
Inside standard features include leather seating, Japanese Ash wood trim, heated front seats, Bose and Sirius radio, Bluetooth, Zagat’s restaurant guide, and the currently popular analog clock in the center console.
Most importantly, the solid drive capability that testers like Consumer Reports‘ Jake Fisher continue to laud in Infiniti coupes and sedans remains in-tact in the hybrid variant. Kudos to Infiniti for hitting it right.