Watch This World’s First Drive Review Of Nissan LEAF NISMO


We finally get to learn all about the new Nissan LEAF NISMO.

In July, Nissan confirmed that the first-ever, long-awaited LEAF NISMO would go on sale in Japan on July 31st. We are confident that it will make an appearance on our shores at some point in the near future, but perhaps that won’t happen until the 60-kWh 2019 LEAF arrives. Nonetheless, we can continue to hold out hope.

According to Nissan, the LEAF NISMO features more responsive acceleration due to a custom-tuned computer. It also boasts an upgraded suspension for improved ride and handling, as well as custom tires. However, the more obvious enhancements are related to the NISMO’s sporty exterior and cabin. Below, we’ve included Nissan’s LEAF NISMO custom features list:

At this point, we’ve shared images and videos of the stylish LEAF variant on a number of occasions, as well as a video of the NISMO out on the test track. You can read the official press blast and view more images below:

Nissan LEAF NISMO to make world debut

World’s best-selling electric car joins NISMO’s road car lineup for the first time; will go on sale July 31 in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan (July 19, 2018) – The Nissan LEAF NISMO will go on sale July 31 in Japan – combining, for the first time, the excitement and advanced technologies of the world’s best-selling electric car with the sporty image and performance of the NISMO road car series.


The Nissan LEAF NISMO features a custom tuning computer for more responsive acceleration, custom tires and suspension for improved handling and ride comfort, and stylish exterior and interior design.

The model is based on the new Nissan LEAF, which debuted in October 2017. The new LEAF offers the exhilarating acceleration and environmental performance of a 100% electric powertrain, a dynamic design, and advanced technologies such as e-Pedal and the ProPILOT and ProPILOT Park autonomous driving features.

The new Nissan LEAF is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society. It has won several awards for its cutting-edge technology and zero-emission performance. The LEAF won the “2018 World Green Car” award at the New York International Auto Show and has received 5-star safety ratings from both the Japan New Car Assessment Program and the European New Car Assessment Program.

Nissan aims to sell 1 million electrified vehicles a year, including the new Nissan LEAF, globally by fiscal 2022.

NISMO, Nissan’s motorsports and in-house tuning division, launched its road car series with the Nissan Juke NISMO in 2013. It has since added the Nissan March NISMO, Nissan Note NISMO, Nissan 370Z NISMO, Nissan GT-R NISMO and Nissan Serena NISMO.

The following is an overview of the Nissan LEAF NISMO:

Exterior design

The Nissan LEAF NISMO features the characteristic layered double wings of the NISMO road car series, improving downforce without compromising drag coefficient. Signaling the high-performance driving provided by its low center of gravity, the exterior also includes custom 18-inch aluminum wheels that minimize air resistance.

The nine available body colors include the NISMO series’ custom Brilliant Silver (M)*/Super Black two-tone and the Dark Metal Grey (M)/Super Black two-tone.
* (M) = metallic

Interior design

The sporty interior appeals to the senses with prominent use of NISMO’s custom red accents, including the three-spoke steering wheel with a red center mark. The instrument panel features a custom carbon-like finish, and the electronic shift has a gun metal chrome finish.

Chassis performance

The Nissan LEAF NISMO’s dedicated 18-inch high-grip tires and custom suspension system provide a comfortable ride and stable handling. Its custom-tuned electric power steering and Intelligent Trace Control (cornering stabilization system) provide high stability and lane-tracing abilities.

Comfortable acceleration

The custom tuning computer in the Nissan LEAF NISMO allows for a delicate but strong acceleration response. This results in comfortable driving on both city streets and winding roads.


NISMO, a short form of “NISsan MOtorsports,” is the performance brand for Nissan and one of the company’s purveyors of “innovation that excites.” NISMO offers products featuring innovative technology and high performance to a wide range of customers for street use. NISMO cars provide an exciting driving experience with motorsports-inspired aerodynamics and styling, enhanced handling characteristics and unmatched agility.

In the motorsports world, NISMO competes in the highest forms of racing, including Japan’s Super GT Series, and will take part in the FIA Formula E Championship all-electric racing series from December 2018. NISMO provides customer teams globally with FIA GT3 spec race cars and high-performance engines for prototype cars.

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2017, the company sold 5.77 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.9 trillion yen. On April 1, 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors in 2016. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.

Video Description via Electrified Journeys Japan on YouTube:

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34 Comments on "Watch This World’s First Drive Review Of Nissan LEAF NISMO"

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Someone should rework the video and put mind bubbles on shots with Lady Passanger Seat. Either Japanese emotions are really different or she just doesn’t like the new Leaf NISMO or the guy who is talking! She certainly does like American TV series though!

She really didn’t want to do this and wants it end sooner than later. She’s waiting for him to finish so that they can move onto other things, like watching Friends.

Looks like my partner on out test drives

Isn’t the 0-60 MPH time still slower than 2014 SparkEV (7.5 sec)?

The 0-60 is slow, but it’s got instant torque. Oh wait, so does the SparkEV.

Spark EV is the quicker-picker-upper!

Leaf can seat 5 and goes 160 miles


Good point. Everyone should buy the SparkEV instead.

It is a good point….when your 2018 “sporty” model is worse than a kludgy econobox conversion from 4 years ago….you’ve failed.

It’s a cosmetic change, yes. Also 7.5 seconds to 60 is faster than anyone would need on public roads.

Yeah but that SparkEV is a total death trap !!

You are full of sh!t.

The Spark gets good safety ratings from IIHS and the NHTSA.

It’s a piss-ant sized car.

Where is GET REAL when you need him ⁉️

Spark EV had its owners wanting for more. But probably not more acceleration, as 0 to 60 in 7.5 is already very respectable and more than sufficient.

My 2001 Quad Cab Dakota does 0-60 in 7 seconds. Not what I would call “respectable” when my old pickup truck can beat your (supposedly) performance package Leaf. I think Nissan could’ve done much better.

If money was no object, Nissan could have done many things.

So … it has red trim accents … and different rims with slightly wider tires, and more torque. And it costs $5K more. A lot of closeup video – but minimal “review”.

Take it off brake mode

Same range, same performance. It looks cool, however.

Like putting lipstick on a pig.

6 downvotes but speaking as a 2018 Leaf owner I totally agree!

Nice to see them offer a slightly modified version.

But man…Nissan has been a huge disappointment in their too slow and kinda small updates to their EV line since introducing the LEAF. BMW & GM have bypassed them.

To slow !

To the grammar school!

Also, not too slow. Highway ramps in North America are designed to accommodate vehicles that can do 0-60 in 12 seconds.

Not in California.

Maybe you can get over yourself.

I California they sometimes give you 50 feet to get on the freeway, mean while everyone else is trying to get off the freeway. And so what I spelled Too wrong. Get a life as a teacher if you want to be so anal.

That’s not the point. When buying a performance package, you aren’t looking for the bare minimum. You’re looking for something that’s fun to drive. 0-60 in 7.5 seconds is not what I would call a fun “performance car”. As I said in a previous post, I drive a 2001 Dakota that can do 0-60 in 7 seconds. It’s anything but a sports car.

I will give the Leaf this, though: while it’s not super pretty, it looks much better than the i3.

Offering a special version, the NISMO,is all part of Nissan’s marketing script; the car doesn’t need to be outstanding, just a little better and different.

Yes. It’s a good business move. Notice the power train is identical in hardware to the regular version – same battery pack, inverter, and motor – and the thing is probably less than a thousand bucks more expensive to produce.

Hopefully a day will come where competition makes it impossible to segment the market by software-limiting the hardware. Tesla of course has been up to the same, most blatantly with the software-limited 60 kWh battery packs! To my eyes there’s just something fundamentally wrong with the market when manufacturers get away with such fraud, but I doubt this will change anytime soon. Maybe in the 2030s..?

put this in a sport coupe body like the 300ZX and you’d have another sale, Nissan!

That would make way too much sense!

Nissan will surely avoid that “sport coupe” EV move at all costs!

This is embarrassing for NISMO. They should have built a real hot hatch. That would be something to get excited about.

They should have used the effort on making a better battery system.