The Nissan Juke Nismo isn’t the only Nismo-tuned concept to make its way to the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. In fact, the company also prepared this one-off version of the electric Leaf hatchback.
The Leaf Nismo Concept, as the name would suggest, is merely a Tokyo Motor Show concept car, but it’s the latest turn of the screw in the story of Nismo, Nissan’s internal tuning house. Although specialized Nismo vehicles have typically been rather sporty (i.e. the Nismo 370Z), the brand is looking to expand its focus to other vehicle classes – including EVs -- within Nissan’s broad portolio.
The Leaf Nismo show car – not to be mistaken with the radical, race-ready Nismo Leaf RC concept – focuses mainly on adding downforce and tuning the vehicle’s handling. Powertrain is identical to stock Leaf models, meaning it should still boast a 107-hp electric motor, and an EPA-rated range of 73 miles. Nissan promises that the concept will get from 0-62 mph in about seven seconds and hit a top speed of 90 mph.
Nismo’s new body kit includes taller front and rear fascias, a revised rear diffuser, and extended rocker sills. Not only does this lend the frumpy hatchback a sporty look, but Nismo alledges this kit increases both downforce and trip. Other exterior modifications include LED running lamps, and 18-inch wheels in place of the stock 16-inch parts.
Will the Leaf Nismo make it to Nissan showrooms? Your guess is as good as ours. Nissan won’t say one way or the other, but seeing as the Leaf is gaining popularity around the world, expanding the number of available accessories may not be a bad idea.