Anton Andres / Nissan | July 19, 2018 11:59
The Nissan Leaf NISMO could be the first all-electric hot hatch
During the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan announced that they will be planning a hotter version of their all-electric Leaf in the near future. Well, those plans have now come to fruition as Nissan has pulled the covers off the Leaf NISMO.
Now, don't get excited just yet. Nissan has yet to reveal the full specs of what could be the world's first series production, all-electric hot hatch. They didn't mention power figures just yet but they are saying that the Leaf NISMO has a custom-tuned electronic control unit which is said to enhance response and deliver strong acceleration. In standard form, the Leaf produces 110 kilowatts, which translates to 150 PS, and 320 Nm of torque.
What is certain are tweaks to its underchassis. Brakes have been re-tuned and uprated, and it also gains a set of stiffer dampers and springs. It also packs trace control to minimize understeer, as well as enhanced steering. Tires are an inch larger from stock, now measuring in at 18-inches.
As for the exterior, it gets more aggressive looks courtesy of the in-house tuning division. At the front is a deeper chin spoiler finished in matte gray with red striping. The custom front bumper also has more defined corner edges with larger air intakes, likely for the brakes. It also gets different side skirts which also employs same motif as the front chin spoiler. The rear on the other hand now comes with an integrated diffuser.
Inside, it tries to boost its hot hatch credentials with the addition of sporting touches. Red highlights surround the air-conditioning vents. The passenger side of the dashboard fascia is then adorned with carbon fiber. Also, the instrument cluster gets a more sport-oriented upgrade. Capping off the upgrades to the cabin are the contrast red stitches on the seats and door panel, along with the Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel.