Watch New Nissan LEAF NISMO Out On The Test Track

JUL 19 2018 BY MARK KANE 8

Nissan’s recently unveiled LEAF NISMO looks sporty, but performance enhancement are on the rather mild side.

The Japanese manufacturer presents the new LEAF NISMO at the factory test track in Oppama. The clip focuses mostly on appearance, though acceleration will be stronger due to a more responsive acceleration pedal and some chip tuning.

“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.”

It’s a let down to see that since the introduction of the LEAF NISMO RC racing concept model several years ago, NISMO has failed to bring to the LEAF any real serious performance upgrades.

Sales of LEAF NISMO start in Japan on July 31.

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I hope they will sell just the body kit

With not await the upgrade with a 60 kWh battery / stronger motor, available next year, sporting the new ‘E-Plus’ badge?

Would make more sense to me, maybe that will indeed be the NISMO LEAF for the global market ?!

Dynamic B-roll, it is not

There was nothing in that video I would call exciting. This badge job if I’ve ever seen one.

Nissan did this for the 1st gen Leaf also many years ago in Japan only.

I was caught by surprise the other day when some leaf accelerated to 95mph passing traffic. I somehow expected it to be max speed limited to 85 like the VW eGolf I used to drive before the Model 3.

So maybe there is room for a more sporty experience in the nismo packaging even with just the 60kW battery. Is that where it is going ?

That was about as boring as you could wish for..

Ouch. I expected a LOT more from a NISMO tuning of the Leaf. Looks like the standard Model 3 when it arrives will still be much quicker and more sporty overall.