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Introducing The Nissan Leaf Nismo


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Back in 2017 Nissan revealed a Nismo version of the Leaf but were tight-lipped about one actually coming to market (Nissan has a history of doing this). Fast forward to July 2018 and finally we have all the details. It went on sale exclusively in Japan on July 31, sadly no other markets are set to get them yet. Most noticeable changes are clearly focused on the exterior, finding your Leaf Nismo in a parking lot won't be hard especially with all the custom and distinctive styling.

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The Nissan LEAF NISMO features the characteristic layered double wings of the NISMO road car series, improving downforce without compromising drag coefficient. Signaling the high-performance driving provided by its low center of gravity, the exterior also includes custom 18-inch aluminum wheels that minimize air resistance.

The nine available body colors include the NISMO series' custom Brilliant Silver (M)*/Super Black two-tone and the Dark Metal Grey (M)/Super Black two-tone.

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On the inside, its every bit as NISMO as you'd expect it to be. It complements the incremental bump in performance that while is no where similar in proportion to the NISMO GT-R, its still stands out among most EV's priced within its range. Among the changes is a custom alcantara wrapped (with leather) steering wheel, a custom electronic shift, carbon-like finish, NISMO custom emblem and more. If we could ask for more, it would be sportier seats.

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The sporty interior appeals to the senses with prominent use of NISMO's custom red accents, including the three-spoke steering wheel with a red center mark. The instrument panel features a custom carbon-like finish, and the electronic shift has a gun metal chrome finish

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Performance

Once behind what you should notice when putting the Leaf NISMO through its paces are all the upgrades to performance; 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Continental ContiSportContact tires, a custom suspension system, custom-tuned electric power steering and Intelligent Trace Control, a custom VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) system, and custom ABS. Nissan didn't get into detail on how all of this will respond in certain situation but you can bet we'll be looking out for first drive reviews. Regardless, the Leaf NISMO is one of a kind, for now.

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  • The Nissan LEAF NISMO's dedicated 18-inch high-grip tires and custom suspension system provide a comfortable ride and stable handling. Its custom-tuned electric power steering and Intelligent Trace Control (cornering stabilization system) provide high stability and lane-tracing abilities.
  • The custom tuning computer in the Nissan LEAF NISMO allows for a delicate but strong acceleration response. This results in comfortable driving on both city streets and winding roads.

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Good luck if you're in the U.S. or Canada and reading this because Nissan has been quiet on its availability which is sad considering how much EV segments have picked up. Just about every well established car maker has a few billion invested in EV development that will flood segments by the early 2020's and slightly before, Nissan doesn't want to be missing out.
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Good luck if you're in the U.S. or Canada and reading this because Nissan has been quiet on its availability which is sad considering how much EV segments have picked up. Just about every well established car maker has a few billion invested in EV development that will flood segments by the early 2020's and slightly before, Nissan doesn't want to be missing out.
Toyota is planning to bring back the type of TRD mods/accessories we used to see in the 90's, I bet you Nissan will want part of that action. Don't give up hope just yet.
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I think the odds of this ever been released in North America is extremely slim. Not only are there several high performance alternatives, but there is also far greater issue with range anxiety over here. The last thing the Leaf needs its a trim level that further reduces its practicality.
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I think there still is hope, Nissan doesn't have much of a performance division in North American and this would be one easy way to get the ball rolling especially as a new GT-R is right around the corner.
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