Report: Nissan Confirms Limited Production of LEAF Nismo

JAN 25 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 21

There’s little information available, but according to Autocar, Nissan confirmed production of the LEAF Nismo, so it’s no longer only a concept.

The LEAF Nismo differs only slightly from the standard LEAF, so there’s not much to add in that regard.  It features a aerodynamic body kit that seems to nearly scrape the pavement, some fancy alloys and a few interior tweaks.  Performance remains the same as the standard LEAF, though drag may be reduced slightly, thus extending range a bit.

How's that road-scrapping body kit look to you?

Here’s the interesting bit: Nismo chief Shoichi Miyatani told Autocar that the LEAF Nismo will initially be offered only in Japan, but did say the automaker would gauge reaction to this modified electric hatchback before considering whether or not to launch it in additional countries.  So, it may be US bound if we show demand.

The LEAF Nismo will reportedly enter production this summer.   There’s no word yet on pricing or final specs for this slightly modified version of the LEAF hatchback.

What’s your take?  Should Nissan offer the Nismo LEAF in the US?  Or is demand likely to be too low for a vehicle as lightly modded as this one?

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21 Comments on "Report: Nissan Confirms Limited Production of LEAF Nismo"

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FuglyHater

Anything to get rid of that god-awful “carp mouth” on the lower front of the vehicle…

I did prefer their Aero version, with the filled in flat hub caps (less drag / turbulence?) and cleaner looking front underskirt.

How much extra do we have to pay for a slightly less fugly Nissan EV?

David Murray

This is definitely not the same as the concept car. The concept car has significant differences, including the placement of the battery in the rear (rather than under the car) and it definitely has faster acceleration than a standard Leaf.

Eric Loveday

@ David

You are mixing the LEAF Nismo Concept with the LEAF Nismo RC, a purpose-built LEAF racer that only shares the road-going LEAF’s powertrain and nothing else. Several other websites out there are making this same mistake. Here are a couple of links to the Nismo RC, it’s a track-only vehicle: http://insideevs.com/video-lets-lap-the-track-in-a-nissan-leaf-nismo-rc/

http://insideevs.com/first-race-for-nissan-leaf-nismo-yields-second-finish-to-tesla-roadster-video/

Brian

What’s more, the concept had RWD. That would make a significant difference in performance alone.

Eric Loveday
Here’s Nissan full press blast from December 2011 when the LEAF Nismo Concept first debuted… Note that the LEAF Nismo Concept differs dramatically from the brief description provided (near the bottom) of the LEAF Nismo RC Nismo Concept shows the sporty side of LEAF Full body kit enhances style and… increases downforce for road hugging performance LED front lighting accentuates sense of motion Second Nismo Concept, following Nissan Juke Nismo Concept Nismo, the renowned motorsports arm of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., has revealed its second road car concept at this years Tokyo Motor Show. This time it’s the award-winning, game-changing, Nissan Leaf EV that has come under the Nismo spotlight. With 20,000 examples sold globally since the end of 2010 and with two international awards to its name, the Nissan LEAF has proved zero emission mobility is a practical reality. Now comes the Nissan LEAF Nismo Concept to show that electric vehicles can appeal to the heart just as much as to the head. Central to the Concept is the stylish body kit, which gives LEAF a purposeful new look. But the modifications have been made with more than just fashion in mind – they play a significant aerodynamic role,… Read more »
George Bower

Sure, definitely offer it in the US, it’s just an aero kit! Make it available on special order or keep one in the show room. I don’t think fugly. Funky is more like it.

taser54

Not a fan of this or the leaf exterior design; however, anything that spurs sales to get more EVs on the road is a plus.

shawn marshall

Would cannibalize its own market share.

BlindGuy

I wouldn’t want a car with more scrape potential. If I were going to spend more $, I would want more range using a combination of more battery while cutting weight in other areas or better yet, adding a small generator in the back to be able to use all of my battery without anxiety. The small RE doesn’t have to be meant for long trips; just let people use all their battery and still get home safely. JMO Don’t forget: KISS to minimize problems and keep it more affordable for the masses.

Herm

Perhaps the dealerships should sell/install the body kits, without warranty from being so low to the ground.. offer a couple different options etc

Jay Cole

If I was 16 again, I would so be all over this!

George Bower

you are a lot closer than I am, go for it!

Dave R

What I would like is a fully functional body kit that reduces drag for higher efficiency and longer range.

If it looks better – nice.

As a hatchback, most of the drag is coming from the high roofline. Build a body kit with as long a down sloping spoiler as possible to drop the rear without compromising visibility. Do the same for the bumper valence but sloped up. For the front bumper, integrate an active grill shutter. Lower the entire vehicle – it has more than enough ground clearance for a city car. Finally, some aero wheels to top it off, but keep them stock width and don’t exceed 17″.

George Bower

Yeh maybe some moon hubcaps!

Jim

I wish Nissan would add an option for a small generator to run on gas and produce electricity for an extended range, like the one being developed for BMW. This option would make the car practical as a first car for virtually every driver, city or country. I’d definitely buy one.

Delta

Why can’t some enterprising third party develop this. You just need a modified Honda generator that would kick in when you need it.

Mark Hovis

You already have this in a number of EREVs entering the market with the most notable being the best selling American EV the Chevy Volt. Drives 38 miles on electricity and then the generator kicks in to go another 300 miles. If it is labeled a “BEV” , it is pure electric. If it is labeled an “EREV” it will have a gas generator. The BMW is the first that I know of to offer both.

Open-Mind

I don’t get it. The Leaf Nismo is a sheep in wolf’s clothing.

I’d rather have a quick car that looks slow (Spark EV) than a slow car that looks fast (Leaf Nismo).

George Bower

I bet this little Spark ev will be fun to drive around town. I’d have my foot in it around every corner!

Open-Mind

Ditto. 🙂

kdawg

Made in Tennessee?