In the span of a decade, electric cars have completely transformed their image from slow, ungainly vehicles, to sleek-looking cars that can offer a great deal of performance. Thanks to their inherent ability to deliver torque from a standstill, they can blow past fuel-fed cars in an instant.
And now, Nissan is toying with the idea of an electric hot hatch with their Leaf dual-motor concept. When we said concept, what we actually meant is a running prototype, and the specs will likely impress even the most stubborn electric car skeptics.
This hot (or electrifying) Leaf has a combined output of 227 kilowatts of power from its pair of motors. That's roughly 308 PS, which is almost as much as Honda Civic Type R and a Subaru WRX STI. That's not all, thanks to the torque-rich nature of electric motors, the Leaf makes a whopping 680 Nm of torque. To maximize all that power and torque, the dual-motor Leaf sends its power to all four wheels.
Nissan has yet to release any performance estimates on the car, but we're expecting it to be at par or slightly faster than the sport compacts mentioned above. For comparison basis, the Civic Type R can do 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, while the STI does the same task in 5.4 seconds. A comparable car would be the Tesla Model 3 AWD with a claimed 0 to 100 km/h time of 5.0 seconds.
For now, Nissan did not mention any plans for this Leaf to enter production. We're hoping that they do as it has a whole lot of potential in the world of sport compact cars. If you're curious as to how it's like to drive, watch this space: we were able to take one out for a quick spin and you can read our verdict about it soon.