Canada Gets Nissan Micra Cup Ltd Edition
It looks the part, but is the Nissan Micra Cup Limited Edition, which is only available in Canada, worth getting excited about?
In Canada, they’ve got access to a cheap, sub-compact city car called the Nissan Micra. The Micra is one of the cheapest cars available in the country, with the base model costing a mere CAD $9,998 (just over USD $7k at the present exchange rate).
In addition to having one of the cheapest cars in North America, Canadians also have something called the Nissan Micra Cup. This bespoke racing series, which is based on the highly-affordable hatchback, had its inaugural season in 2015. But while last year’s competition was held exclusively in Quebec, this year’s will spread over into neighbouring Ontario too.
But what’s that got to do with the consumer-focussed Nissan Micra, you say. Well, Nissan will produce 250 units inspired by the Micra Cup for the Canadian market and as you can see from the picture at the top of this post, they’re going to be a bit more sporty than the standard Micra.
Named the Micra Cup Limited Edition, it will come in white with distinctive red graphics and 8-spoke, 15-inch alloy wheels. To make each on completely individual, there will be a numbered plaque on the inside signed by the reigning Micra Cup champion Olivier Bédard.
Under the bonnet the Micra Cup Ltd Edition gets the same engine used in the competition vehicles: a 1.6-litre four-cylinder which generates 109-horsepower. The only thing it’s lacking compared to its track-ready siblings are the upgraded brakes, suspension and exhaust.
The inaugural Nissan Micra Cup saw more than 25 Nissan Micras competing every weekend, with each getting two hours of track time – a 30-minute time trial, a 30-minute qualifying session and two 30-minute races. The first two races of the 2016 season will happen at Calabogie Motorsports Park, on May 14-15, and the season will finish on September 23-25 at Circuit Mont-Tremblant.
If the whole Micra Cup intrigues you, check out this cool montage from Nissan Canada: