Late last year, the Nissan Leaf Nismo concept made its debut in Tokyo.
Now the automaker has debuted the production-ready version of its performance-minded EV. It still hasn’t been confirmed for markets outside of Japan, however, so don’t get excited jus yet about the prospect of a sportier Leaf being sold in North America or Europe.
The Leaf Nismo gets model-exclusive 18-inch Nismo wheels shod in stickier tires, stiffer suspension, retuned electric power steering and retuned traction control. Combined, these parts give the pedestrian EV more stability through the corners and an all-around sportier feel. Acceleration has also been improved thanks to a retuned control computer, but Nissan has yet to provide acceleration figures.
The Nismo-ized Leaf also benefits from an aero kit, which the automaker says actually improves downforce at speed, and red exterior accents. Inside, the EV has received a myriad of red accents and a suede-wrapped steering wheel with a red 12 o’clock marking.
AutoGuide.com spoke to Nissan at the recent 2017-2018 Formula E season finale in New York City, where the automaker revealed the long-range Leaf E-Plus will arrive in 2019 with at least 200 hp on tap. We asked if the arrival of the Leaf E-plus opened the door to a Leaf Nismo arriving in the US, but were told the automaker had no announcements to make in regards to the vehicle’s arrival here. We like what we see from this Japanese domestic market model, though, so hopefully Nissan pulls the trigger on a version for the US.
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