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Nissan Leaf NISMO Concept Goes Official, Promises “Instant Acceleration”

Nissan has a long way to go until it can rival the likes of the Tesla Model S P100 with Ludicrous+, but the Japanese automaker is slowly working toward making its EVs more exciting to the fun-seeking driver. The Leaf NISMO is a step in this direction, and the concept that previews the production model is set to be shown in the flesh at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.
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First things first, get a load of the visual treatment by scrolling through the photo gallery. At first glance, everything fits like a jigsaw into place, although it’s somewhat weird to spruce up the Leaf with go-faster bits. The redesigned bumper cuts through the air better than the regular Leaf does, the big alloy wheels are wrapped in low-profile rubber, the hood and roof are blacked-out, and the red pinstripe detailing is present even on the rear aerodynamic diffuser.

The Leaf NISMO Concept is a far cry from the electric hatchback we all know and love, but the truth of the matter is, the rear suspension comes in the guise of a torsion beam. Nissan makes a case for “sport-tuned suspension” and a “custom-tuned computer that delivers instant acceleration,” but the lower ride height and stickier tires aren’t enough to make the Leaf fun for twisty action.

Opening the door, you’ll find that the cloth upholstery is offset by red accent stitching and detailing, as well as a red stripe on the steering wheel. Speaking of which, the left- and right-hand side of the steering wheel is wrapped in what appears to be Alcantara. As for the start/stop button, it’s outlined by a red trim piece that tries to remind the driver this isn’t your average electric hatchback.

Nissan doesn’t offer any provisional information on the powertrain, but it’s not likely the Leaf NISMO Concept boasts more power than the bog-standard model. The 2019 Nissan Leaf E-Plus, however, is expected to bring the added performance the compact EV needs so much.

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