Nissan hots up the Leaf with Nismo concept
Nissan plans to unveil several concepts at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, but perhaps the most surprising of those will be the electric Leaf Nismo Concept. This will see the world's best-selling electric car receiving the Nismo treatment, with exterior design highlights, a revised suspension, and a retuned computer for improved performance.
The Leaf Nismo Concept's exterior was custom designed by Nismo, Nissan's in-house tuning division and motorsports arm. Aerodynamics and racing-inspired performance enhancements to the Leaf's bodywork will create less lift while retaining the Leaf's drag coefficient for fuel efficiency.
Onlookers will note the improved front air dam and approach, revised side sills, and diffusers at the rear. Above, the gap between tires and wheel wells appears to be thinner and the upper body receives a modified spoiler at the rear and a slightly heavier-appearing bumper guard at rear.
Underneath the new bodywork, Nismo engineers re-tooled the Leaf's suspension for a more sport-tuned drive and added high performance tires to the wheels. A custom-tuned computer for better acceleration and muscle are also included, Nissan says.
The Tokyo Motor Show begins October 25 and runs through November 5, 2017. Nissan will also have a Serena Nismo minivan for the Japanese market and a newly updated Skyline (Infiniti Q50 elsewhere) model, also for the Japanese market, on display at the show.