LEAF NISMO Concept Hints At Future Performance Version Of LEAF
by Stephen Fogel
Have you ever wondered what a high-performance version of the Nissan LEAF might be like? Wonder no more, because Nissan will show a performance-oriented concept version of the new 2018 LEAF electric car at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. The show is open to the public from October 27 through November 5, 2017.
NISMO stands for Nissan Motorsports International, and is Nissan’s motorsports and in-house tuning division. NISMO designs and manufactures a range of performance parts for Nissan and Infiniti vehicles. It has also developed NISMO versions of several current Nissan production cars, including the GT-R, 370Z, Juke, and Sentra.
Tastefully Done And Looks Ready For Production
The LEAF NISMO Concept features several upgrades, which could easily be added to the production version of the 2018 LEAF. They start with enhanced aerodynamics, highlighted by a redesigned front fascia with splitter, deeper side skirts, and a rear diffuser, all with the distinctive NISMO red accent lines. A more aggressive roof spoiler has also been fitted. The result is improved aerodynamics, achieving less lift without an increase in drag.
Inside, a black interior is highlighted by more of NISMO’s signature red accents, creating a high-performance feel. Handling is improved on the LEAF NISMO Concept through the use of a sport-tuned suspension and high-performance tires on larger wheels. A performance increase comes from a custom-tuned computer that delivers instant acceleration at all speeds. This is the future of performance tuning for electric vehicles – software tweaks!
May Be Arriving Soon At Your Nissan LEAF Dealer
The LEAF NISMO Concept brings together two vastly different elements of the Nissan empire to create a new niche – the performance electric vehicle. This car looks production-ready, so don’t be surprised if it is added to the LEAF lineup in a year or so. It will be affordable, it will be fun to drive, and it will do a lot to dispel the previous staid image of the original LEAF. In the meantime read our 2018 Nissan LEAF review to find out why it is such a popular EV.