2012 Infiniti M35H: 360 Horsepower, 30 MPG

Who says hybrids have to be boring? Nissan’s luxury branch, Infiniti, unveiled its 2012 M35H hybrid luxury sedan, which boasts 350 horsepower and a manufacturer-estimated 30 mpg on the highway. Not too shabby for a full-size sedan.

Now I am sure some of you hybrid fans will be all up in arms about a hybrid that gets a measly 30 mpg on the highway. I understand, to a point. The problem with a lot of hybrids is their power, or lack-thereof. I don’t like driving underpowered cars. I enjoy acceleration. A lot of people do. Unfortunately, it almost always comes at the expense of fuel economy.

The 2012 Infiniti M35H isn’t a hybrid for current-hybrid owners, people who can make due with double-digit horsepower. It is for people like me, who don’t mind spending a bit more to go fast. The extra mpg’s are just a bonus.

Under the hood of the M35H is the durable 3.5 liter V6 engine, paired to a parallel hybrid system to a single electric motor. The combined output of these two powerplants is about 360 horsepower. The V6 engine alone provides 258 ft-lbs of torque, while the electric motor adds another 199 ft-lbs of torque, meaning this puppy will launch like an Apollo rocket.

But that’s not all! The M35H, much like the Chevy Volt, can travel a limited distance on just electric power, contributing to its 25 mpg city rating. While the M35H has just 1.2 miles of juice to go all-electric, it can travel up to 62 mph on just electricity as well thanks to its lithium-ion battery pack. Testing reveals it can go on just the electric motor alone up to 50% of the time, due in-part to the all-new dual-clutch system, seven-speed automatic transmission, and regenerative braking.

Prices are expected around the mid $50,000 mark. While you might be shaking your head at this “hybrid,” this kind of technology has a way of trickling down to lesser models. Besides, who doesn’t want 350 horsepower and 30 mpg?

Source: Nissan

Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.

 

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.