Watch A Nissan LEAF Get Nismo Spec’d! Hint To Nissan: Bring This Option To The US!

4 years ago by Jay Cole 7

Presenting The Nissan LEAF Nismo!

Presenting The Nissan LEAF Nismo!

Nismo VCM For The LEAF Amps Up The Performance

Nismo VCM For The LEAF Amps Up The Performance

In our late night wanderings of all things electric and Japanese, we spotted some rare footage and information on the Nissan LEAF Nismo.

And no, we aren’t talking about the Nissan LEAF Nismo RC, we are talking about a standard Nissan LEAF given the Nismo treatment.

Just this past June we brought word that the good people at Nismo set out to not only make the ‘regular’ LEAF look better with a full new body kit, but gave it a performance boost as well – in the form of a reprogrammed VCM (Vehicle Control Module), as well as lots of other bells and whistles.

Cost of the ‘go faster’ chip was put at 136,500 yen ($1,385 USD), while the entire Nismo package ran 995,400 yen – about $10,175 USD.

Better. Stronger. Faster.

Better. Stronger. Faster.

At The Very Least Nissan, Make The Illuminated Logo Available In The US!

At The Very Least Nissan, Make The Illuminated Logo Available In The US!

Unfortunately, Nissan only has plans for selling the car in Japan (although that could change).   And since announcing the model in early summer, we have heard little and seen even less of the car…other than a few initial press clippings.

However thanks to Keiko Ihara, who is currently the only Japanese female driver competing in the World Endurance Championships, and who also signed a deal to promote Nissan’s “zero emission mobility” program, she decided she’d rather not drive a regular LEAF.

Enter the Nissan LEAF Nismo spec, and the following video of her EV getting NISMO’d.  And yes, it is all in Japanese – so you might want to skip to the :51 mark to see her plain-old white LEAF get a heck of a lot sportier.

We can’t help but notice she seems to be thoroughly enjoying the extra umpf provided in the Nismo LEAF.

So Nissan…how about making these cars, or at least some of these options, available outside of Japan?

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7 responses to "Watch A Nissan LEAF Get Nismo Spec’d! Hint To Nissan: Bring This Option To The US!"

  1. David Murray says:

    Keiko Ihara is pretty cute. Can I get a date with her? We can take her car.

  2. GeorgeS says:

    OK all you Leaf people.

    What does Nismo do to the software to get the approx 1 second improvement in 0-60 time?

    1. Brian says:

      My guess? It gives you access to the full 80kW from 0 mph.

      If you ever ride in a Leaf, turn the LCD display to “energy display” and watch the power usage. If you start from 0 mph, and put the pedal to the metal, it gives you about 50-60kW. It then eases up to the full 80kW by the time you get to ~15mph. I assume this was done to prevent you from spinning the tires every time you launch. With proper tires and suspension, there is probably enough grip to handle the full 80kW.

      So the bottom line is that the already impressive 0-30 time gets even better, but the mediocre 30-60 time doesn’t change at all.

  3. I’d certainly take the whole aero package!

    Neil

    1. Dave R says:

      If it actually improved aerodynamics, it’d be worth it. Otherwise – meh.

  4. Aaron says:

    Interesting that she said there is a new sports mode on the shifter. It looked like they redid the eco mapping for sports mode.

    1. Anderlan says:

      Hooray, someone who knows Japanese to point out some of the news in what she said.