If the Nissan Note Nismo was a surprise hit online, perhaps this concept that debuted at the 2014 Paris Motor Show will continue that trend: the Nissan Pulsar Nismo concept.

Nissan says that “passion, excitement and race-inspired maverick engineering are three core values that underpin every Nismo product”, and this Pulsar Nismo concept is proof positive of that.

The Paris debut is the first time this concept will be seen in public, a “dramatic design study explores the styling and engineering possibilities of a sporting flagship for the Pulsar range”, according to the Japanese automaker.

The Pulsar Nismo Concept is painted in satin grey and gets Nismo's trademark “Layered Double-Wing” aero package in red. Nissan says that the unique shape is designed by airflow analysis to improve aerodynamic performance.

The front bumper gets large intakes and vents to cool the brakes. The Pulsar Nismo is also fitted with a carbon fiber rear spoiler, side skirts and flared fenders, as well as a diffuser-style rear bumper with twin exhaust pipes in the middle. The car rides on 19-inch wheels with 235/35/R19 tires.

The interior has also been reworked to Nismo standards with a sport steering wheel, Alcantara-wrapped sport seats and a red tachometer.

Nissan didn't give any details about the engine, but the automaker says that the Pulsar Nismo's suspension has been tuned with settings learned on the racetrack to deliver better feel and handling. Based on the photos, the brakes have clearly been upgraded with slotted and drilled rotors and larger calipers.

Nissan is stressing that the Pulsar Nismo is just a design study at this stage, though the brand stated that they're committed to working on a Nismo performance line up for a new generation of drivers.