Nissan Confirms LEAF NISMO: On Sale End Of This Month

JUL 19 2018 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 51

Only in Japan for now, but we’re rather confident it will make its way to the U.S.

Maybe we’ll be forced to wait until after the 60-kWh version of the LEAF gets released later this Fall though.

Combining sporty and the words Nissan LEAF for the first time in production form. It’ll feature all sorts of custom upgrades, but will additional performance be part of the mix? Well, to a degree, it seems.

Nissan states:

“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.”

What’s that sporty image and performance entail? According to Nissan, the upgrades include:

“…custom tuning computer for more responsive acceleration, custom tires and suspension for improved handling and ride comfort, and stylish exterior and interior design.”

Seems largely visual, with a slight focus on mildly enhanced performance.

Looks like there will be a bit more punch, but the battery and electric motor appear to be unaltered, so don’t expect a drag race winner.

Here are all of the features specific to the NISMO version of the LEAF:

And lastly, a bit more info from Nissan on the changes:

Nissan LEAF Nismo

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.

Custom LEAF NISMO Tuning Chip

While we’re excited to see the LEAF NISMO get the nod from Nissan, we’d rather see the 60-kWh LEAF launch sooner than the Fall expectation. Then, NISMO that LEAF afterwards for the U.S. and other markets.

No pricing information on the LEAF NISMO has been announced as of yet.

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Press blast 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

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.

About NISMO

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.

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51 Comments on "Nissan Confirms LEAF NISMO: On Sale End Of This Month"

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From Leaf Blower to Leaf Launcher, in one “Innovation that Excites” fell swoop!!!

This Newest 40kWh Leaf Nismo, is what is for breakfast, for any Tesla Model 3, at a stop light.

Need some more of the Nissan Nismo “Intelligent Mobility”, for Tesla Model 3 rear view mirrors!

Th?

Speaking as a current 2018 Leaf S owner, this is so sad.

The EV maker first to market with an AWD BEV sport coupe will get my money, but this certainly ain’t it.

way things are going, Ima going to have buy a ‘roller’ and DIY

Roadster 2020?

Write the check !

Your requirements seem pretty niche to me.

Definitely not the words of a Subaru fan. The first AWD EV’s should come from Subaru, the people who think all vehicles should be AWD. It’s too bad they aren’t in the chase. (maybe some day). ’til then I’ll just keep driving my LEAF. 🙂 EVs are best as AWD, with so much torque, spreading it out among all four wheels makes sense, then there’s snow and mud where AWD really shines.

I just remember that the first AWD EV’s have already been built, by Tesla. (others too I suppose) Silly me, I knew better. 🙂 I keep forgetting about Tesla, considering they are at Space-X prices.

I’m eyeing either a used S70D or a new 3D.

I’m waiting for them to remove the ‘mandatory options’ for premium interior on Model 3. I don’t need performance, fancy paint, wheels or interior. I *might* pay for the bigger battery though. I just want to be able to go snow boarding without messing with chains….

The 2019 Leaf will be their first continuous duty car. But it won’t be that much cheaper than the Tesla…

By 2022 they will have an EV, in cooperation with Toyota I think.

What? This is funny…

I just want the base model with the Nismo tuning chip. If this is a possibility this year, it will be hard to decide weather to wait for Tesla M3 SR next year.

Tesla 3 interior is crap, I’d go for the Nismo, hopefully as a 60kWh version.

Button/small screen fetish huh?

From a usability standpoint, buttons where you expect them to be at any given moment in time, rather than having to switch screen modes to get to your AC, make a lot more sense.

I’m actually not a big fan of the M3 way of user interface.

You don’t know anything about Tesla’s interface. Go research the S and X interface – it’s head-and-shoulders above any other touchscreen interface on the market, and commonly-used features, like A/C & heat, are always in the same place at the bottom of the screen.

From an engineering and design point of view having SW configurable buttons and controls is awesome. It’s why all phones now have very few buttons. I’m okay with a touch interface, if it’s well designed.

Useless comment. You made it clear you don’t like it, but didn’t give any clue why… Have you even sat in one or are you deciding based on pictures?

Whats the problem in selling that in USA. Is Nissan-Japan not interested or Nissan-USA not interested.
Americans love such high power cars. It will be nice if Nissan launches it in USA & Europe.

Strong sales in Japan, and Nissan is a Japanese company, they get the toys first.
This is a great idea, and it’s the version to buy if you’re going to buy a Leaf.
But,
-Good to wait for 2019: The car still needs battery cooling.
-Fix the rear suspension, a car in this price range should have a modern independent rear suspension.

Otherwise, excellent work.

Agreed – needs an independent rear suspension.

Same reason we never got the Skyline back in the day…

The problem is Americans will use it to try to blast from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and the car will overheat and shut down. The battery still isn’t cooled so it just doesn’t have the endurance needed for the American Market. (remember Japan is an island. They can accelerate fast and go zipping around corners, but they can’t go very far because they’ll run out of land)

Lame.

What did i just read?!

Custom chip. Hah. That’s so 20th Century. How about an OTA capability like the BoltEV and Tesla? Still, glad to see Nissan doing more than one thing here for passenger vehicles.

Wow I couldn’t believe this article but then … I saw a picture of a custom CHIP! OMG then it’s gotta be something good!

The only way to make it better is to call it a LEAFSTER!

I saw that chip too. It is impressive.

So…a Nismo Leaf with no TMS? Seriously?

It’s a pre-hobbled Nismo, with no TMS for the battery.

At least the “Leafsmo” is well engineered for driving across town, to the track, on track day!

Wait, so Nissan are going to add more power to a car that already fries it’s battery when you drive it anything other than a snails pace and then you won’t be able to charge it?….good skills guys!

They are just embaracing the Nismo brand with this…

So it will have NISMO emblems but no significant upgrades in performance? Fail.
I like this part, “delicate but strong acceleration response”.
Delicate. LOL!
That having been said, the new Leaf looks a lot better than the old Leaf, and the NISMO looks even better, but it really would be cool to see a real NISMO package for the Leaf.

Just like the NISMO option on the last Leaf…

Well, as far as cosmetic “tuning” goes, this one actually looks cooler than most other such packages I’ve seen for any car…

Surprise of the day

In my younger days I just to judge custom car shows. When guys came in with no performance upgrades but lots of bling we called it a BOB (Bolt On Bs) Welcome to the Leaf BOB

So this is basically the equivalent of slapping on a useless “R” badge. Maybe the custom tune chip adds another 3.5 HP? Lol
edit: actually, I doubt it even does that. It probably just remaps the acceleration pedal so it is more responsive, like the “Sport” mode offered in GM plug-ins. And comes standard without needing to buy some lame “performance” trim.

As lame as most of us think this is, there are tons of car buyers who are all about the looks and badging and couldn’t give a hoot about performance, especially at the low end of the market. Slap some “sporty” insignia on something with an “S” or an “R” or something similar and lots of buyers lap it up; all pure profit for the manufacturer. If it sells more EVs that’s fine with me.

If Nissan knew what was good for them they would allow orders or reservations for this Nismo model in the USA pronto
customers want performance EV’s and something unique.
I would jump to a Nismo Leaf if it was offered. Electronic tuning is the new Edelbrock manifold and Holley carb !

What a complete and utter disappointment. I don’t want a pathetic econobox, and I don’t want something trying to be so “Star Trek” that it has almost no physical buttons. I just want a normal car, a hot hatch preferably, but I’d take a powerful family sedan too, that happens to be electric but is otherwise normal in appearance and price.

So, like me, you want a CPO Model S for <$50k.

Yesterday, there was an article here about Nissan’s new lease program for the Leaf in “CARB states.” I think leasing a 2018 Leaf is the way to go. It’s $4k down and $209 a month for three years. By then, the market will have more electric cars like what you want.

I actually kind of dig it. I’ll wait for the 60kWh version though. Seems like a couple more parts like springs and swaybars and it will be set.

Looks nice for me i like it 🙂
NISMO is Kult
The only problem is to mount all weather tyres on the 18 inch wheels

No battery protection upgrades? So the battery can overheat faster and degrade faster..

The chassis upgrade is nice though.

I wan’t a foxy little two seater with limited creature-comforts to keep it fast, quick, nimble and affordable. Think mazda-miata style or similar. This aint it. I’ll just keep driving my 2015 LEAF till such a car becomes available. Although a Tesla roadster could fit, it’s is out at orbital price levels and that keeps it out of the chase. …sigh… I wish the EV manufacturers would figure out that EV buyers aren’t all rich treehuggers. Some like EVs because of the performance/handling/$Savings.

More spicy and more expensive.

NISMO= A Faster Way to kill batteries with no liquid cooling.

Without active thermal management of the battery this is a cruel joke. I own a 30kw Leaf and like it, but I wouldn’t buy the 40 because it’s still not a ‘continuous duty’ car. It expects to be allowed to sit and cool off at least 1/2 the time.

It’s a very foolish platform for them to pretend to make a performance version! This smells like a desperate attempt to have something to answer the performance Model 3 with. Reality is that the completely stock, base model Model 3 (which isn’t available yet) will outperform this *thing* in just about every measure.

There is a reason Nissan has never posted a time for the Leaf in the Cannonball run. (an endurance/speed drive from Los Angeles to New York) A Tesla Model 3 did it in 50 hours, 16.5 minutes. A Leaf40 wouldn’t make it to Las Vegas without overheating!