Nismo Your LEAF For About $10,000, Or Just Swap The VCM And Get More Performance For $1,385

JUN 25 2013 BY JAY COLE 15

Nismo Spec 2013 Nissan LEAF

Nismo Spec 2013 Nissan LEAF

Nismo LEAF From Rear

Nismo LEAF From Rear

Always wanted to make your LEAF look a little more special?  How about make it just a little faster?

If so, Nismo Japan has you covered.

Nismo is offering a full body kit and more sports-tuning for the LEAF in either fiber-reinforced plastic or wet carbon starting at 785,400 yen for the base FRP version and 995,400 yen for the “wet carbon spec” trim level.

For those of you not immediately familar with the yen to dollar exchange rates, that is $8,025 – $10,175.

For that you get:

Around $10,000 Will Transform Your LEAF Into Something Truly Uncommon

Around $10,000 Will Transform Your LEAF Into Something Truly Uncommon

Nismo says that all these parts used in conjunction “improve driving performance with minimal impact on the power consumption of the vehicle.”

Nismo'd VCM

Nismo’d VCM

If you are interested in just the performance improvement aspect of the Nismo, you can get your LEAF a new sport-tuned VCM (Vehicle Control Module) for a more thrifty 136,500 yen ($1,385 USD).

If you only want the aero kit, that comes to between 543,900 yen to 753,900 (carbon fiber), or $5,560 to $7,710 USD.

Interestingly while they state this reprogram allows you to “enjoy sports driving more, (while improving) accelerating force,” the ECO mode has also been reprogrammed to “further stretch the cruising distance.”  

Basically, in normal mode the car is estimated to shave a second or so off the 0-60 time, but ECO will net you more miles overall…although we imagine the ECO mode is perhaps even a little less enjoyable to drive in the Nismo LEAF over the standard one (if that is possible).

Nismo also is offering some other accessories sold as individual pieces:

Carbon pillar garnish ($320), Mirror Cover-Carbon ($300), Multi-Function Hydrophilic Coated Mirrors ($200), Floor Mat Set w/Nismo Embroidery ($285)

Carbon pillar garnish ($320), Mirror Cover-Carbon ($300), Multi-Function Hydrophilic Coated Mirrors ($200), Floor Mat Set w/Nismo Embroidery ($285)

Also sold seperately from the Nismo package is the 18″ wheels from $450 USD a pop and the sport suspension kit from $1,070.

Naturally because a lot of these products are fairly cool, they will not be offered through Nissan North America or Nissan Europe – only in Japan.  Nismo chief Shoichi Miyatani has said in the past that if the product is received well, Nismo will consider offering it in other countries.

Although, US availability or not, we are fairly sure that won’t stop anyone who really wants a full Nismo LEAF upgrade (or just a new VCM upgrade) from acquiring it from their local aftermarket tuning shop for a little extra mark-up.

Nismo press (Japanese)

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15 Comments on "Nismo Your LEAF For About $10,000, Or Just Swap The VCM And Get More Performance For $1,385"

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That’s cool. I wish we could get one for the Volt. 1 sec of 0-60 would be worth the $ for the VCM

Nice to see they finally came out with this. Maybe someday you could buy a fully Nismo’d car at the dealership– make it a new trim level.

Hopefully someone comes up with a 3rd party replacement for the Leaf’s fugly Bug-Eyed Headlights.

Hey Anon,
We’ve been listening to the fugly comment so long it’s really boring.

If you don’t like the Leaf than don’t partisipate.

Believe me, I’m bored waiting for Nissan to fully refresh the Leaf’s aesthetics. This is a good (albet slow) first step, but it seems it may take a few more years. Now, it’s just down to those fugly headlights they haven’t touched yet… 🙂


So, Anon… how do you feel about those headlights, anyway? 🙂

Kidding aside… I’m wondering if that VCM raises the top speed to maybe 130mph or so… If that’s the case, I’d love to acquire that VCM and the suspension pkg, then buy someone’s used LEAF with a tired battery and use it as a weekend track day car.

I love the headlights.

You do? Or are you just saying this in response to Anon’s comment?

I get the aero functionality of the headlights. And it’s kind of cool that Nissan considered that. But I can’t say that I like them overall.

I like the headlights, too. It’s the range that I don’t much care for.

Interesting.. the VCM part anyway. I was hoping for more on the body changes.
Actually, I’d like to see the Leaf drive-train (or the Spark, or the Fiat, or the Smart ED, or the iMiev) in something that actually appeals to me.

Why can’t we get a cheap sexy EV? Each EV has some parts I like, just not the whole package. Even the Tesla S is somewhat bland to me.

I’m not buying the Cd argument either.

Let’s use the Scion FR-S as a baseline for a sexy, inexpensive car. It’s relatively light, too, making it a good candidate for conversion to an EV. Now that we have a sexy, inexpensive EV in our imaginations, now fit an infant car seat into the back. It ain’t happening. Same with 4 full-sized adults. It ain’t happening.

Right now, car manufacturers are presenting EVs in a form factor that will appeal to the widest demographic so they can get away with producing the smallest number of EV models. Hatchbacks are a very practical form factor, allowing for 4 people to sit with reasonable comfort with an acceptable amount of storage space, all while having a lower Cd than an SUV for maximizing EV driving range. The downside is that some people don’t find hatchbacks “sexy”. I would imply that you, kdawg, would be among them.

If you’re not “buying the Cd argument”, then you have no knowledge of aerodynamics. I invite you to try out this frontal area/Cd calculator and see how much power is required to move your vehicle through the air at different speeds. You’ll be amazed.

As a manly engineer man who views the looks down on the appearance/aero part of tuning as 99.9% of the time being a joke and merely about looks and fashion (***NOT*** manly) because drag is difficult to quantify to the claimed degree of precision without a friggin wind tunnel, I’m very happy to the cheap VCM replacement unleashed upon the world.

If they would let me install the VCM in my leased LEAF, then swap it back and sell it at the end of the lease, I would order that tonight.

I’m gonna tune my LEAF, only got $2k in my checking. I’m, I’m, I’m huntin’, lookin’ for a come-up, this is f**king awesome.

Is that $10k US dollars or Hong Kong dollars I’m in uk and would love to transform my leaf to NISMO version