Yesterday we brought you a teaser video for a drag race between the Infiniti M35h Hybrid and Porsche Panamera S Hybrid. Guess who won?
It seemed pretty clear that Infiniti knew their M35h hybrid had the edge over the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid before they went ahead and set up a drag race to prove their point. And unlike MINI when they took on Porsche, Infiniti did the race by the book.
So it won’t come as a shock to discover that the M35h did beat the Panamera S Hybrid in a quarter mile race – by about a car’s length. Which is exactly what the respective car’s stats told us before Infiniti pulled their stunt.
Despite having 360bhp at it’s disposal, the Infiniti beat the 380bhp Porsche because it’s lighter. And we’re full of admiration for Infiniti that they have the balls to promote a hybrid powertrain as a performance advantage rather than a green halo.
Not that we think any prospective Porsche Panamera Hybrid buyer will now think “Well, that changes everything. I’ll by an Infiniti instead”.
Still, Infiniti keeps the title of producer of the world’s fastest production hybrid. And it’s quicker than a Porsche. And actually, at just a smidge more than the M30d, it’s pretty good value too.
Infiniti M35h vs Porsche Panamera S Hybrid Drag Race Video