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by Tim Beissmann

The 2012 Infiniti M35h is officially the fastest accelerating full hybrid in the world.

The new Japanese luxury sports hybrid claimed the title by pipping the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid in a sprint from 0-100mph (0-161km/h). The Infiniti M35h hit 100mph in 11.54 seconds and covered the quarter mile (402 metres) in 13.41 seconds. The Panamera’s times were not revealed.

Infiniti has clearly learnt a few tricks from parent company Nissan, which has not been shy in making comparisons between its GT-R supercar and the Porsche 911 in the past.

The Infiniti M35h combines a naturally aspirated 268kW/350Nm 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with a 50kW/270kW electric motor. Despite all the power, the Infiniti M hybrid uses just 8.1 litres per 100km on the US combined cycle.

The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid’s 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine produces 245kW and 440Nm and its electric motor makes 34kW and 300Nm – combining for a total power output of 279kW and 580Nm of torque.

Infiniti will relaunch in Australia in the third quarter of 2012 with four models: the FX crossover, G37 convertible and coupe, and the M luxury performance sedan. At this stage, Infiniti Cars Australia has not confirmed the make-up of its M range. Overseas, the line-up includes the M35h, M25, M30d (diesel), M37, and M56.