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Nissan Leaf EV gets NISMO treatment and ‘strong acceleration’

In a sign that carmakers are starting to make their electric cars more exciting to look at, as well as to drive, Nissan has announced it is giving its LEAF EV the NISMO treatment.

Set to go on sale in Japan at the end of the month, the LEAF NISMO features a custom tune computer for more responsive acceleration, custom tyres and suspension for improve handling and ride comfort, and enhanced styling.

Exterior design
The Nissan LEAF NISMO features the characteristic layered double wings of the NISMO road car series, improving downforce without compromising drag coefficient.

Signaling the high-performance driving provided by its low centre of gravity, the exterior also includes custom 18-inch aluminum wheels that minimize air resistance.

The nine available body colours include the NISMO series’ custom Metallic Brilliant Silver/Super Black two-tone and the Dark Metal Grey (M)/Super Black two-tone.

Interior design

The sporty interior appeals to the senses with prominent use of NISMO’s custom red accents, including the three-spoke steering wheel with a red centre mark.

The instrument panel features a custom carbon-like finish, and the electronic shift has a gun metal chrome finish.

Chassis performance

The Nissan LEAF NISMO’s dedicated 18-inch high-grip tyres and custom suspension system provide a comfortable ride and stable handling.

Its custom-tuned electric power steering and Intelligent Trace Control (cornering stabilisation system) provide high stability and lane-tracing abilities.

Comfortable acceleration
The custom tuning computer in the Nissan LEAF NISMO allows for a delicate but strong acceleration response. This results in comfortable driving on both city streets and winding roads.

Nissan LEAF NISMO custom features
Exterior Interior
  • NISMO emblems (front and rear)
  • Custom LED hyper day lights (linked to the
    side marker lights)
  • Custom front grille
  • Custom front bumper
  • Custom electric retractable remote-controlled black door mirrors with side turn lamps
    (fold-away action linked to key-lock)
  • Custom side sill protector
  • Custom rear bumper
  • Custom rear fog light
  • Custom Alcantara® -wrapped, genuine leather three-spoke steering wheel (with red center mark, red stitching and gun metal chrome trim)
  • Custom electronic shift (with B range, gun metal chrome finish)
  • Custom combination instrument gauges (with NISMO logo and gun metal chrome finish)
  • Custom carbon-like finish (instrument panel)
  • NISMO custom emblem
  • Custom red finish (air conditioning vents, start/stop ignition switch)
  • Custom seat material and door trim cloth (with red and gray stitching)
  • Custom 18-inch aluminum wheels and Continental ContiSportContact 5 tyres
  • Custom vehicle speed-sensing electric power assisted steering
  • Custom suspension (shock absorbers)
  • Custom Electric Driven Intelligent Brakes
  • Custom tuning computer (VCM)
  • Custom Intelligent Trace Control (cornering stabilisation system)
  • Custom VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) (includes TCS function)
  • Custom ABS (anti-lock brake system)

Nissan says it has no plans to sell the LEAF NISMO outside of its home market of Japan.

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