Nissan’s NISMO division is currently working on a hot-hatch version of its new Pulsar model, and the brand wants this car to be a record breaker.
Speaking with CarAdvice, Nissan’s VP of product planning, Keno Kato, hinted that the brand is going after the Nürburgring lap-time record for front-wheel drive cars. Currently, the record is held by the Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R, which lapped the circuit in 7:54.36.
“A fast hatchback is under development by NISMO,” said Kato. “NISMO is from racetrack, so it is aiming at a lap time. That’s the meaning of a serious car.”
Motivation for this Nissan hot hatch along with many of the performance upgrades may actually be sourced from the Renault Megane, thanks to the partnership between these two companies. If that happenes, the engine in the new Pulsar NISMO will be a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that pumps out around 275 hp.
Kato also mentioned that Nissan is benchmarking the upcoming Honda Civic Type R, a car that Honda has already pledged will also attempt to capture the front-wheel drive Nürburgring record.
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