Nissan LEAF NISMO RC & IMx KURO Show Up At CES: Video

JAN 13 2019 BY MARK KANE 4

Nissan shows three EVs at CES.

The LEAF e+ was not the only Nissan‘s EV at the 2019 CES in Las Vegas – the other two are LEAF NISMO RC and IMx KURO concept.

The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC is a proper racing car, based on the second-generation LEAF.  With more than double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor, this is one hot electric machine. Sadly, Nissan won’t sell this car to the public.

“With dual electric motors, advanced battery technology, all-wheel drive capability and an aggressive, restyled body shape, the purpose-built car represents the pinnacle of electric power. The two electric motors, at opposite ends of the chassis, manage power independently to each axle. The motors produce 240 kilowatts combined (120 kW each) and an astounding 640 Nm of instant torque to the wheels. A new all-wheel-drive system gives the LEAF NISMO RC its outstanding cornering prowess.

A long hood and Nissan’s signature V-motion grille highlight the totally restyled front end. The distinctive silver-and-black paint scheme with NISMO red accents – similar to the Nissan Formula E car – make the LEAF NISMO RC seem like it’s in constant motion, even when sitting still at the starting line.”

Nissan LEAF NISMO RC specs:

  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds
  • battery capacity: undisclosed
  • dual motor all-wheel drive
  • system output: 240 kW (2x 120 kW) and 640 Nm of torque
  • curb weight: 1,220 kg
Nissan LEAF NISMO RC
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The IMx KURO, on the other hand, is a concept all-electric, long-range crossover. We are all waiting on the production SUV/crossover from Nissan.

Nissan IMx quick specs:

  • up to 600 km (373 miles) of range in JC08 (which means about 225 miles/360 km translated to real world/EPA driving)
  • double-motor all-wheel drive – 320 kW and 700 Nm of system output
Nissan IMx KURO concept
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4 Comments on "Nissan LEAF NISMO RC & IMx KURO Show Up At CES: Video"

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Weird. . Nissan should ask people if they like the normal or Nismo design..
I bet most would prefer the Nismo, and they should at least make 20K a year of the Nismo ..

It’s funny. The Nismo Leaf concept has essentially the same performance specs of a CURRENTLY AVAILABLE Tesla Model 3 Performance model, which also happens to be a practical, 4 door family sedan. Nissan is showing this thing off as if it’s some futuristic thing that is supposed to make me go “WOW!” And instead my reaction is “Yawn.”

Compared to the regular LEAF the Nismo looks more or less the way the LEAF should look. Performance is not that big of a deal for me, unless we’re on the track.
There the club have bought several models where driving is the only focus, and speed, light weight is all that matters.
For my every day ride, I really don’t care that much, as long as the performance is fairly average and the ride is fairly firm.

Nissan should of course have offered the LEAF in 2-3 performance varieties.

I prefer the looks of the Nismo front, over the Model 3 front. The KURO just looks weird. The Model 3 front just need a tiny adjustment (change the flat front part). The over all look of the Model 3 exterior is very solid, and looks really nice. Interior looks too simplified. I would prefer some buttons and switches. A touch display and voice commands could probably do the rest.

After market companies have to study the Nismo model and start to make LEAF kits.
They would make money for sure. At least in the US.

“Sadly, Nissan won’t sell this car to the public.”, says it all really.