First of all, it comes from Infiniti who is obiously trying to portray the M35h in the best light possible. Think what you want but we do not exactly trust Nissan after the very questionable Nurburgring numbers for the GT-R which turned automotive forum discussions into riots. Secondly, there are no 1/4 mile numbers here for both cars (just the M35h) to support their assertion. They just show the M35h ahead of the Panamera after showing the Panamera lighting up its tires in smoke. This drag race was verified by the Guinness book of world records but considering they admit the video is a dramatization we are scratching our heads a little bit.
The Panamera has more horsepower (380 vs. 360) and weighs about 200 pounds more than the M35h. It does lose the PDK transmission however for a standard automatic which will hamper it.
The standard Panamera S with 400 horses runs the 1/4 mile in 13.5@108. Insideline showed us the M35h running the 1/4 mile in firstname.lastname@example.org. On paper, it should be pretty close but it looks like the automatic of the S Hybrid and extra weight hold it back quite a bit.
We hope Porsche responds or at the very least some owners take their cars to the strip. If Infiniti and Porsche want to lend us these cars we would be happy to do it. For now though, Infiniti claims to have the fastest hybrid around.