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Nissan hots up the Leaf with Nismo concept

Nissan hots up the Leaf with N...
A number of external, interior, and internal changes to the Nissan Leaf are showcased on the Nismo Concept to be shown at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show
A number of external, interior, and internal changes to the Nissan Leaf are showcased on the Nismo Concept to be shown at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show
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A number of external, interior, and internal changes to the Nissan Leaf are showcased on the Nismo Concept to be shown at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show
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A number of external, interior, and internal changes to the Nissan Leaf are showcased on the Nismo Concept to be shown at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show
Aerodynamics and racing-inspired performance enhancements to the Leaf’s bodywork will create less lift while retaining the Leaf’s drag coefficient for efficiency
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Aerodynamics and racing-inspired performance enhancements to the Leaf’s bodywork will create less lift while retaining the Leaf’s drag coefficient for efficiency
The Leaf Nismo Concept’s exterior was custom designed by Nissan’s in-house tuning division and motorsports arm
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The Leaf Nismo Concept’s exterior was custom designed by Nissan’s in-house tuning division and motorsports arm
The gap between tires and wheel wells on the Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept appears to be thinner than what's found on the production model
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The gap between tires and wheel wells on the Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept appears to be thinner than what's found on the production model
The front air dam and approach angle are slightly different on the Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept versus its production model
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The front air dam and approach angle are slightly different on the Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept versus its production model
The rear diffuser on the Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept is more robust and well-defined when compared to the production model Leaf
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The rear diffuser on the Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept is more robust and well-defined when compared to the production model Leaf
The interior of the Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept is blacked out with highlights to emphasize the Nismo tuning
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The interior of the Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept is blacked out with highlights to emphasize the Nismo tuning
The Skyline will be presented at the Tokyo show as a refreshed model for the Japanese market and is known as the Infiniti Q50 elsewhere
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The Skyline will be presented at the Tokyo show as a refreshed model for the Japanese market and is known as the Infiniti Q50 elsewhere
Also to be presented at the Tokyo Motor Show is the Nissan Serena Nismo minivan, a new model of the van sold on the Japanese market
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Also to be presented at the Tokyo Motor Show is the Nissan Serena Nismo minivan, a new model of the van sold on the Japanese market

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.

Source: Nissan

3 comments
CAVUMark
This is what the Leaf should have originally looked like
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that looks really nice.
JimFox
Fabulous! makes the standard Leaf look very old. How much- & has the EV drive been improved?