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At the beginning of 2011, Nissan unveiled the Leaf Nismo RC concept, offering up an "extreme" version for their electric car. Now, the company has taken it back a notch by presenting a new Nismo Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show - right next to the Juke Nismo - that strips the racing qualities, but moves forward with the Nismo package.

The new Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept features an extreme body kit, including a front aero bumper, a rear under protector, rear diffuser, extended side sills, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The front bumper incorporates LED lighting which is arranged transversely to accentuate a sense of motion. Unfortunately, that’s where the modifications end, which isn’t unusual for an electric vehicle. The Nissan Leaf Nismo is still powered by front mounted electric drive motor that only outputs 80 of those kilowatts for a maximum output of 107 HP.

"Nissan LEAF has shown that zero emission mobility is no longer a dream but a reality. The Nismo Concept not only proves the hidden potential of Nissan LEAF but also adds even more excitement and energy to LEAF, delivering a guilt-free yet exhilarating driving experience that can be enjoyed by every car enthusiast," said Hideaki Watanabe, Corporate Vice President, Nissan Motor Company and head of the company’s electric vehicle business unit.

UPDATE 01/29/13: The Nissan Leaf NISMO has been green lighted for production, which should be good news for the struggling model. The only caveat is that the model will be available only in Japan with no performance enhancements.


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  (714) posted on 01.27.2012

I love the front mounted electric drive motor engine of this Nissan Leaf Nismo vehicle. It is good that the aero-front bumper incorporates LED lighting.

  (242) posted on 01.16.2012

I am really impressed with the looks of this Nissan Leaf Nismo. As in! Haha. The combination of its color is consistent. From the front design, to the bumper, to the wheels. How much is the price of it?

  (466) posted on 12.12.2011

I love the platform of this Nismo! It really looks so cute on that. However, just like them, I don’t truly believe that electric vehicles have the capability to give a better and a great performance.

  (368) posted on 12.6.2011

Nismo looks so lovely, but it was still a concept vehicle and its hopeless to wait for this one on the market because I bet, Nissan would never put it on production. Anyway, that is a good thing if that happens. smiley

  (683) posted on 12.4.2011

Wow! I love this Leaf Nismo! It looks so cute and very attractive on its exterior detailing! However, I don’t like the fact that it is on an electric motor. I hope that it is also available with a diesel.

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