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Nissan Reveals Micra Nismo and Nismo S

You might notice a distinct lack of interest throughout this article, and that's because the new Micra Nismo is not as interesting as we'd thought it would be.
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The press release announcing the arrival of the supposedly hot models was kind of tricky to find because it's been tied in with the "Fairlady Z Nismo", which is Japanese for 370Z. According to the release, the new Micra Nismo will come with a 1.2-liter gasoline engine mated to an XTRONIC CVT, while the Nismo S makes use of "tuned" 1.5-liter fitted with a five-speed manual.

"Great! Bet those are new engines and they have turbos" is what we said. But no, the basic Micra Nismo has a whopping 79 PS and 106 Nm of torque, while the "more powerful" Nismo S has 116 PS and 156 Nm (115 lb-ft) of torque.

From what we gather, this press release was drafted for the Japanese market, which means there's still a good chance European buyers will be offered the 120 hp 1.2 DIG-S supercharged engine. In Japan, the Nismo with the 1.2 costs JPY1,540,350 (€12,050), while the more powerful version costs JPY1,770,300 (EUR13,850).

That's rather acceptable, considering you get a full body kit, 16-inch ally wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 205/45 R16 tires, sports exhaust a cool cabin with bucket seats and alcantara steering wheel and a lot of other little touches.

But why you get a speedo that goes all the way to 220 km/h is beyond us! The 1.2 model with CVT is by no means sporty, getting from 0 to 100 km/h in about 15 seconds and topping out at 160 km/h.

The only thing we can compare this car to is the Polo R-Line which admittedly is quite expensive to buy, but maybe looks a little classier than the exaggerated Micra Nismo with no go-power.

 
 
 
 
 

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