Nissan has revealed the production version of its Leaf Nismo, ahead of a July 31 on-sale date in Japan.
Previewed with the inventively-named Leaf Nismo Concept in October last year, the production car has a custom "tuning computer" for sharper throttle response, along with a unique suspension tune and stickier rubber than the regular Leaf.
The new 18-inch alloy wheels have been designed to slice drag, while the front end features an aero-optimised interpretation of the classic Nismo face. Nissan says the new nose helps increase downforce, but there's no numbers on exactly how much. Hmmm.
Nine exterior colours will be offered, including Nismo-exclusive Brilliant Silver/Super Black and Dark Metal Grey/Super Black two-tone designs.
Inside, there's a unique sports steering wheel and plenty of red accents, along with a carbon-style finish on the dash. There's even a gunmetal trim piece on the shifter, not that you'll be using it all that often.
There's no word on how much power the Leaf Nismo will make, which suggests it'll get the same 110kW and 320Nm as the base car, hooked up to the same 40kWh battery pack with 400km range. The 100km/h sprint takes less than 10 seconds, with Nissan choosing to highlight the car's low-down torque and strong off-line performance.
Interestingly, there's no word on the Leaf E-Plus powertrain detailed for Europe earlier this week. With 150kW and more than 320km of range, the punchier powertrain seems more of a natural fit for a Nismo-badged hatch.
At the moment, Nissan's global media materials say there are no plans to offer the Nismo outside of Japan.
"While we consider all new models and variants for the Australian market, our focus is on preparing for the arrival of the second-generation Leaf which is expected before the end of the current [Japanese] fiscal year," Nissan said in a statement. In other words, don't hold your breath.