Nissan is out to prove that the Maxima can be a real performance car.
Rumor has it that Nissan is working to bring a NISMO-tuned Maxima to market, and our renderings show what the car might look like with the usual upgrades present, including black wheels, red brake calipers, a larger rear spoiler and low skirts all around.
Under the hood, the standard Maxima sports a 3.5-liter V6 with 300 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque. The brand could bump up the power output of this motor for the NISMO version of the car, or it could turn to a larger engine for more brawn.
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Suspension components would of course be upgraded to help this version of the Maxima take corners, while the interior would receive some unique NISMO touches like contrast stitching and bolstered seats.
The standard Maxima already has the optional SR trim which adds sway bars, tuned springs and dampers, to help the car handle more like a “four-door sports car.” Nissan expects the SR-trimmed Maxima to make up 20 to 25 percent of all sales, a metric that Nissan will be watching closely to see if there is market for a hotter Maxima NISMO.
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