Nissan has taken the wraps off its Nissan Leaf Nismo Idea right here on the Tokyo Motor Present, and as soon as once more, it reveals that the Japanese automaker is actively considering of the way to broaden the attraction of its all-electric hatchback.
These with lengthy reminiscences could bear in mind the Leaf Nismo RC (Racing Competitors), however this is not wherever close to as radical in look or efficiency. That mentioned, the brand new Leaf Nismo Idea does look good, and it appears considerably extra production-feasible than its racetrack forbearer.
This Nismo present automobile builds on the markedly extra pleasing look of the brand new second-generation Leaf, incorporating a racy new physique equipment with crimson accents. Simply as importantly, the entire thing appears to be like way more planted because of a sports activities suspension paired with distinctive six-spoke tuning-fork wheels wrapped in high-performance rubber.
Sadly, Nissan is not offering a lot in the best way of particulars concerning the Nismo’s precise efficiency, solely noting that it has a “custom-tuned pc that delivers on the spot acceleration in any respect speeds.” The manufacturing 2018 Leaf has simply 147 horsepower, however its 236 pound-feet of torque assist the eco-minded hatchback really feel fairly sprightly off the road. As EVs have a tendency to reply nicely to easy reflashes (simply ask Tesla), it is certainly doable that Nissan may understand a real enchancment in acceleration with out investing in pricey new hardware like a singular motor or battery pack.
With the new-generation Leaf’s already improved efficiency and dealing with, the 2018 mannequin may very well be a strong platform on which to base a higher-performance manufacturing Nismo model.
In the event that they construct it, let’s hope Nissan is sensible sufficient to ensure it does not find yourself being only a look-faster proposition. To earn a Nismo badge, it must be a correct go-faster one, too.