It’s hard to believe that the striking new Nissan Note Nismo shares its underlying architecture with the dowdy Nissan Versa Note (called simply the Note outside of the U.S.). Bound for the Japanese market this fall, the Nissan Note Nismo will boast powertrain, chassis, tire, suspension, and aerodynamic upgrades compared to the cheap and eco-friendly Note.
While we still know very little about what’s going on inside the Nissan Note Nismo, we can see for certain that it looks athletic and purposeful in its red-white-and-black Nismo clothing. No surface appears ignored, beginning with Note Nismo’s fully-overhauled front end. The lower part of the front fascia is noticeably widened, complete with a front spoiler and inset L-shaped scoops dotted with LED daytime running lamps. The Note’s pedestrian horizontal-bar grille is eschewed in favor of a much sportier mesh grille, which leads into angular headlights with darkened housings.
Red Nismo folding mirrors; side sills; and sharper, more incised body lines are matched with familiar black-and-white wheel designs. Around the rear, a new rear bumper is packaged with a red-trimmed, four-part diffuser and pronounced single exhaust port. An all-important roof spoiler finishes the Nismo-fication. The entire look is reminiscent of the existing Juke Nismo.
The Nissan Note Nismo is slated to hit Japanese showrooms in both standard and Nismo S form, the latter of which is destined to receive a specially-tuned engine and a five-speed manual transmission -- although the company sadly has not yet confirmed what engine is involved. Nissan has also blessed the Note Nismo with body rigidity reinforcement and claims the car has improved balance. Finally, optional factory sport seats are standard on the Nissan Note Nismo S, and high-performance Recaro buckets are also available for the Nismo S.
In response to question we’re all wondering — no, there’s no word yet on whether this glorious-looking hot hatch will come Stateside. Right now, it’s only confirmed for Japan. “The Nismo brand is steadily growing here in the U.S.,” a Nissan spokesperson told Automobile. “It stands to reason we’re looking into expansion where it makes sense.”
While that’s in no way a concrete affirmation, it bodes well for more exciting cars to join Nissan’s lineup. The Nismo stable now includes the Juke Nismo, Juke Nismo RS, 370Z Nismo, and GT-R Nismo. Recent Nismo concepts include the IDx Nismo and Sentra Nismo. Check back again for updates as we hear more about the Nissan Note Nismo, and let us know in the comments if you’d sign up for U.S.-bound model.