Nissan Leaf Nismo Finally Released…. But Only For Japan

Fans of Japanese performance will know the name Nismo as Nissan’s in-house tuning and racing division. It’s offered enhanced versions of the GT-R, 370Z, Juke, Micra/March, Versa/Note, and a handful of others. And now it’s adding the all-electric Leaf to its stable.

Following a smattering of concepts over the years, Nissan has now revealed the production Leaf Nismo that’s soon to go on sale – in Japan, at least. And while it doesn’t encompass any powertrain enhancements to speak of, it does offer an array of visual and handling upgrades.

Not the least of them is an ECU recalibrated for better acceleration response. It also features a retuned suspension with 18-inch alloys with grippier tires, reworked electric power-steering system, and aerodynamic enhancements to offer increased downforce without compromising the Leaf’s slippery drag coefficient.

Other upgrades include new bumpers (front and rear), a new grille, LED daytime running lights, and a smattering of Nismo emblems inside and out. The interior’s also been enhanced with a sportier steering wheel, wrapped in Alcantara and leather with a red center mark. The shifter, instruments, upholstery, and other trim are also unique to the Nismo model.

For better or worse, Nissan says it has “no plans to bring the LEAF NISMO to markets other than Japan,” so don’t go asking your local dealer (anywhere else in the world) for the performance-tuned EV or you’re liable to be laughed out of the showroom. But the Nismo model may help the Japanese automaker move more of the electric vehicles in its home market and help it achieve its stated goal of selling a million electrified models around the world each year by 2022.

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  • Jim Jones ©

    Are we a step closer to a hot hatch EV for the masses? 400hp would seem to be the segment standard, surely with mass production it can’t be too far in the future.

  • Infinite1

    It’s just a Nismo package like the S or AMG lines for Audi and Mercedes. All show and no go but hey, if it sells, more power to Nissan.

  • KidRed

    That hood panel ending right in the middle of the hood is very unsightly and not OCD friendly.

    • Six_Tymes

      its not in the middle, but I do agree, it would have looked much better if they didn’t design it that way. And, your phrase is funny.

  • Six_Tymes

    to release a statement such as this: “no plans to bring the LEAF NISMO to markets other than Japan,”

    that shows a sign of stupidity, for two reasons. 1: other markets want it, and so you should offer your customers what they want, after all the idea is to please your customer and sell cars right? 2: that statement is in fact slightly insulting.

    • Doodes

      No, other markets do not want it.

      • Awroo

        I’m pretty sure people want sportier EVs. Especially Europe.

  • Doodes

    Is there a better way to further sully the nismo name than to slap it on a Leaf?

  • Mr. EP9

    I’d rather see the Nismo name be more than just a trim package.

  • eb110americana

    Not legally in the US until it’s 25 years old.

    • Six_Tymes

      lol

  • Honda NSX-R

    Just imagine this with an output around 300 hp, AWD, and bigger brakes

  • Tumbi Mtika

    This is dilution of the brand. Stop.

    At least they aren’t bringing these here(God bless), so I can deny this existed.

    • Dude

      There’s a Versa and Sentara nismo lol. Nothing’s being diluted

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Not where I live (except for the Sentra)

  • Paul

    This is borderline ridiculous.

  • SteersUright

    What exactly does “Nismo” even mean anymore?

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