New Nissan Leaf NISMO Concept Drops Quirky For Sporty

During the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan unveiled a NISMO-tuned Leaf EV, wearing a bulbous aero kit that didn’t really scream “sporty”.

Since the Leaf is technically a compact hatchback, the best it can hope for when it comes to aesthetics is to look more or less like a hot hatch, which for all intents and purposes, this second-generation Leaf NISMO Concept does.

Making its public debut in Tokyo as we speak, the new Leaf NISMO Concept is nothing if not more aggressive. The sporty bumpers, side skirts, rear diffuser and red accents definitely help with that.

These upgrades are only meant to enhance the car’s aerodynamic performance, while the red accents, contrast stitching and sporty steering wheel improve the overall look of the cabin.

According to Nissan, the new Leaf NISMO Concept also features special software that delivers instant acceleration at all speeds. Add the sport-tuned suspension and high-performance tires and voilà, the most fun Leaf ever built.

In fact, this car actually reminds us of the Pulsar NISMO Concept from 2014, which is undoubtedly a good thing.

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  • Nick099

    Oh yeah, gotta run right out and buy one of these babies.

    Fugly.

  • SteersUright

    When it has 300-400 electric horses, then it deserves the “Nismo” badge. Otherwise, stop diluting that name already with Nismo Sentras and this crap.

    • pcurve

      right on. Without HP, it’s just Gismo.

  • Rocc E. Normyss

    I’m waiting for the new and excellent Versa Nismo! Gonna be so wicked sweet!!!!

  • pureworx

    hmm… the pulsar nismo was a car i wanted to see in production… nissan missed the boat there.

  • Blade t

    I think it looks better than a normal leaf , but don’t think they should attach the Nismo name to it….

  • Taegon Lewis

    This has to be the only electric vehicle, I’ve (ever, in existence…) would consider of getting. Not the regular Leaf; this actual variant.

    I just wish, I could actually brake, instead of some dumb robotic chip; telling me what to do.

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