Nissan Might Actually Build a Maxima NISMO

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A hotter Nissan Maxima model might be coming down the pipe.

The 2016 Nissan Maxima is off to a solid start in terms of sales and now the Japanese automaker is weighing options to broaden the sporty sedan’s appeal in today’s market.

With the new model’s introduction, Nissan is focusing on just how sporty and performance-oriented the model is, earlier announcing that the SR trim bested various BMW and Audi models on a track. As a result, a Nissan Maxima NISMO model is being weighed as a way to emphasize the new sedan’s focus on performance and handling.

Last year, Nissan promised that more NISMO models would be added to the company’s lineup, and for the most part it has stuck to its word. If a Nissan Maxima NISMO is to happen, expect the company to inject more performance under the hood, adding more excitement to the model like it has for the 370Z and GT-R.

SEE ALSO: 2016 Nissan Maxima SR Bests BMW, Audi on the Track

For now, the company is still making sure it’ll be a smart and profitable move to create a sportier Maxima variant and will likely monitor how well the Maxima SR trim sells first. Currently, Nissan expects 20 to 25 percent of the Maxima’s sales to leave dealership lots sporting the SR badge.

[Source: The Detroit Bureau]

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  • craigcole

    Interesting rumor. I suspect if a NISMO version of the Maxima has real enhancements, like, significantly more power it will have to get a new transmission. I don’t believe a CVT could handle proper performance upgrades.

  • smartacus

    NISMO sounds like such a naughty word 🙂

  • Calvin L Miller Jr

    code for they are waiting to see how well the SR sells first.

  • Shiratori1

    I’m not sure about more power. Suspension changes and interior enhancements are more likely.

  • disqus_TXROw1lQhK

    The styling is a little GT-R like, especially over the rear axle. Let’s see if it is as good a value purchase. I’ll have to look out for it in the showrooms.

  • barry magoo

    When is is in England

  • Rochester

    A NISMO Maxima with a CVT? Seriously? As for styling… at this point, anything different might help that pig. However, if sales are good, that’s certainly a personal opinion, and one in the minority it seems.

  • Penpenz

    What do you mean “code”? It says right in the article they’re waiting to see how well the SR sells….

  • Calvin L Miller Jr

    If people aren’t buying the SR the why in world would they make a Nismo? If audi cant sell the S model of a car then why would they make an RS. Basically we’re talking business case and they really have no idea how it’ll sell.

  • Cody Beisel

    I almost wonder considering this engine is based off the gtr that the nismo version would adopt an awd system. Make 20-30 more hp awd and a price that undercuts an audi s4 and you might have a serious bargain to compete with the lux sport sedans from Germany. Nissan has the resources but do they have the balls to do it? Only time will tell..