Nissan and Nismo, the automaker’s motorsports and in-house tuning division, have been teasing making a version of the new Leaf for a while and it’s now finally happening.
The Japanese automaker has announced the official debut and the start of sales of the new Leaf Nismo by the end of the month.
The Leaf got a much-needed design refresh with the release of the next generation last year, but even that wasn’t enough to make the vehicle attractive to some.
To be fair, the electric vehicle was coming from a long way behind when it comes to design.
Now a Nismo version is giving the already updated design a sportier and more aggressive look.
Nissan unveiled a new Leaf Nismo concept earlier this year, but it didn’t confirm any plan to launch the vehicle at the time.
Today, it confirmed that it will go on sale on July 31 in Japan – without details for an international rollout.
The automaker also released an overview of all the custom features for the Leaf Nismo version:
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 center of gravity, the exterior also includes custom 18-inch aluminum wheels that minimize air resistance.
The nine available body colors include the NISMO series’ custom Brilliant Silver (M)*/Super Black two-tone and the Dark Metal Grey (M)/Super Black two-tone. * (M) = metallic
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 center mark. The instrument panel features a custom carbon-like finish, and the electronic shift has a gun metal chrome finish.
The Nissan LEAF NISMO’s dedicated 18-inch high-grip tires and custom suspension system provide a comfortable ride and stable handling. Its custom-tuned electric power steering and Intelligent Trace Control (cornering stabilization system) provide high stability and lane-tracing abilities.
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.