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Nissan will debut a Nismo version of its Leaf EV at this month’s Tokyo Motor Show, but what can we expect?
The words ‘sporty’ and ‘electric vehicle’ aren’t often used in the same sentence, but a new concept car revealed by Nissan could just be about to change that.
That’s because the Japanese car manufacturer has officially released details about the Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept – a car that will be unveiled later this month at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Compared to the standard new-generation Leaf, the Nismo concept version gets an array of styling enhancements, including Nismo’s signature red highlights throughout the lower body kit, black body elements that contrast and complement the white body paint, lower sport suspension and larger alloy wheels. There’s also a new front bumper design, which boasts larger faux air intakes, as well as unique LED foglights.
On the inside, the sporty theme continues, with red highlights on the vent surrounds and doors, and a revised seat trim that features accents of red.
In addition, the D-shaped steering wheel gets a hint of red at the 12 o’clock position, plus suede-like grips for the driver’s hands.
Nissan says that the Leaf Nismo Concept has enhanced aerodynamics and less lift, mainly due to its new body kit. Sport-tuned suspension and high-performance tyres also help to improve handling.
However, while all the sporty design features are definitely welcome, to call itself a true “hot hatch” the Leaf Nismo needs to be able to display performance too.
The second-generation Leaf, which was revealed just last month in Japan, boasts 110kW — a 38% improvement over the original version.
Thanks to a generous 320Nm, the standard car should be capable of reaching 100km/h far quicker than the eight seconds of the first-gen Leaf. The Nismo version promises (hopefully) to be even quicker still, which could mean 0-100km/h in less than six seconds.
All eyes are now on the car’s official unveiling at the Tokyo Motor Show on October 25.