At least year’s Tokyo Motor Show, Nismo teased things to come with a Juke Nismo Concept model, and an electric Leaf Nismo model. It appears the performance division of Nissan is going full speed ahead with new Nismo performance models, including more extreme RS versions.
First to arrive on the scene is the previously mentioned and seen Juke Nismo model. While it’s certainly not as cool as the Juke R, it gives the funky crossover some flavor at a much more affordable price. According to Andy Palmer, executive vice president of Nissan, the Nismo variant models will get a 15-percent increase in power with a focus on distinct styling featuring red accents. And of course, suspension and steering will also be fine tuned so drivers can take advantage of the additional horsepower.
So according to Palmer, the Juke Nismo model should have around 215-hp from its 1.6-liter turbocharged power plant. But after the Juke model hits the market, up next will be the Leaf that could see around 125-hp. And instead of red accents, the Leaf will sport blue ones.
What’s most important to us is the fact that the GT-R will be getting a Nismo variant to accompany the already popular Nismo 370Z. What’s even better though is that more extreme RS models will be made for those really wanting extreme performance.
“The RS cars will be much more track-focused. You’ve seen the Juke R, so maybe that would be a good place to start,” Palmer said.
Of course Palmer wouldn’t confirm that a GT-R RS and 370Z RS would be hitting the streets anytime soon, but we would be very surprised if Nissan’s flagship sports cars didn’t receive the treatment. The next-generation 370Z in 2014 could see the Nismo 370Z RS model.
GALLERY: Nissan Juke NISMO
[Source: Autoexpress UK]