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All big 3 Japanese are currently producing a range topping Hybrid saloon, lets see how they stack up against each other.
Infiniti M Hybrid
360 Total System Horsepower
27 city/32 hwy MPG 5.2 Seconds to 60 MPH
The M Hybrid set the standard for performance Hybrids. Dubbed Direct Response Hybrid Infinitis system uses a 3.5L v6 engine couple to a single motor twin clutch system that allows the petrol plant to completely decouple from the driveline in turn reducing mechanical drag. 62 MPH max speed under hybrid power and max distance of 1.2 miles under electric only power. However range is continually replenished with regenerative braking.
Lexus GS 450h
338 Total System Horsepower 29 city/34 hwy mpg
5.6 seconds to 60 MPH
The Lexus uses a two motor single clutch set up mated to a 3.5L Atkinson V6 is actually 66 pounds heavier than the Infinitis hybrid set up and more complex to produce which likely translates in to the $5K premium over the Infiniti, we'll see how it compares to the RLX SH once pricing is announced for the Acura.
MSRP: TBA 377 Total System Horsepower
28 city/32 hwy MPG
N/A to 60 MPH
By far the most innovative and performance oriented Hybrid system of the three the RLX is using an inverted version of the upcoming Acura NSXs power plant, minus the turbos. the same 3.5L 6 from the base RLX has been melded with 3 electric motors, one in the trans axle and two at the rear wheels. In electric mode the RLX is actually a RWD set up, but the AWD driving set up is much better performance wise. Torque vectoring FTW!
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