2012 Infiniti M35h: The Drive
Despite being one of the few hybrids we’ve driven that has enough power to spin its tires off the line and instantly slap a smile on your face, the one thing you can’t shake is the luxury sedan’s curb weight, which was possibly the only drawback to going electric.
However the heart of the M35h is more than up to the challenge. Based off of Nissan’s award winning 3.5 Liter V6 and an electric motor sandwiched between the engine’s flywheel and the slick shifting seven-speed automatic that replaces the traditional torque converter, allowing the M to travel at speed as a zero emissions battery electric vehicle. The combination is good for a net total of 360 HP and the internal combustion engine produces 258 lb-ft of torque on its own, while the charged spool of wound wired and magnets adds an additional 199 lb-ft of electron induced twist.
Another advantage of this layout is that the V6 can be completely decoupled from the drive train that allows the engine to shut down completely when not in use, further reducing the fuel-robbing parasitic drag caused by pistons pumping air up and down. This helps the M35h to achieve an EPA estimated 27 MPG in the city and as much as 32 MPG on the highway. Now, the M Hybrid is no slouch and without hypermiling, we experienced fuel economy in the low to mid-30 MPG range.