The Nismo-tuned EV features an aggressive body kit.Nissan has confirmed that the all-electric Leaf Nismo that was presented at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show has been given the green light for production. It is scheduled to land in dealer showrooms across Japan before the end of this year.
A real paradox in the EV world, the Leaf Nismo has changed very little in its transition from a concept to a production car. It wears an aerodynamic body kit that consists of beefy side skirts, aggressive bumpers on both ends and a big roof-mounted spoiler, and it rides on large model-specific alloy rims that are mounted on low-profile tires.
The track-inspired EV sits considerably lower than a regular Leaf thanks in part to a stiff sport-tuned suspension.
The concept that Nissan displayed in Tokyo was about ten percent more powerful than a regular-production Leaf but the automaker has not indicated whether or not the performance upgrades have been applied to the production car. Regardless, what is arguably the world's mass-produced first electric hot hatch is quicker than a regular Leaf because its weight has been reduced.
Pricing information and more images will be available closer to the car's on-sale date.
At the time of writing Nissan does not plan on selling the Leaf Nismo in Europe or in the United States because sales would be too low.