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Nissan Gives 2012 Leaf Sporty Makeover, Announces 2012 Leaf Nismo

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2011 Nissan Leaf NISMO concept

2011 Nissan Leaf NISMO concept

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Admit it: You like the 2012 Nissan Leaf, but you yearn for the extra performance and sporting pedigree of Nissan’s custom-built, mid-engined, Nissan Leaf Nismo RC race car. 

Sadly, you’re unlikely to ever be given the chance to own your very own Nissan Leaf Nismo RC, but Nissan has just announced that it plans to bring a race-inspired street-legal version of the Leaf to market that will give you the extra performance you yearn for.

Unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, the Leaf Nismo concept is a cross between a conventional Nissan Leaf and its race-going sibling. Wearing 18-inch black alloy wheels, a full sports bodykit with white paintwork and blue LED under-body lighting, the Leaf Nismo looks a little like an extra from Need for Speed

But according to Andy Palmer, Nissan’s executive vice president for planning, there’s more to the Leaf Nismo than looks. Talking to Autocar he said “the Leaf Nismo will have around 10 percent more power than the standard car,” hinting that it would go on sale towards the end of 2012. 

“It will also have a weight reduction too as this will bring benefits to handling and range”, Palmer confirmed. “It also gets a ride and handling package to make it more sporty to drive.”

A ten percent improvement in power would take the Leaf’s standard 80 kilowatt motor up to nearer 88 kilowatts, and we assume would also knock a good second or more off the car’s 0-60 time. In fact, we’d hazard a guess that the Leaf Nismo could shave several seconds bit off the Pikes Peak hillclimb time Nissan race car driver Chad Hord set earlier this year in an almost-stock Leaf

There’s no official word yet on launch schedule, cost or specification, but given the number of people out there who think the Leaf isn’t sporty enough, we think it’ll sell pretty well. 

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Comments (7)
  1. A ten percent power boost won't get a second shaved off 0-60 unless the original figure is really crappy.
    Nissan - please hire someone who can style a car. This effort is God-awful.
     
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  2. Looks are subjective. I happen to like the looks. But they will have to knock a lot of fat out of that 3300 pounder to make it a sports car. At two thirds the weight, the Mitsubishi i MiEV Sport Air would be a real sports car. Bring back the golden age of sports cars...before the "muscle car" lead sleds took over.
     
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  3. If PEVs are being purchased on looks alone, of the majors the Chevy Volt still wins hands down. Nissan and Mitsubishi need to work harder at not making their electric cars look like electric cars.
     
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  4. It'd have to be a really expensive price hike to stop me choosing that over the stock car. All Leaves should start like this IMO. Good job Nissan.
     
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  5. Better, but Nissan should just make the ESFlow.
     
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  6. Looks too much like a Prius. Give it 15 inch wheels for better mpg's, too.
     
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  7. Nikki, any word from Nissan if this Nismo version is still in the works?
     
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