Mike Stevens | Dec 2, 2011

It's not quite as lairy as the racing version revealed back in April, but the Nismo-enhanced Nissan Leaf revealed at Tokyo this week has got the look. For now, though, that's all it's got.

The unveiling of the Nismo Leaf Concept follows news that Nissan will look to its tuning and styling division for more of its future models, likely starting with the Juke Nismo revealed earlier this week.

For the Leaf electric vehicle, Nismo was tasked with developing a new sports-styling kit, including a new front bumper with LED running lights, along with side skirts and a new rear bumper and diffuser combo.

At each corner is a new 18-inch light alloy wheel, and Nismo says the whole package was developed not only for style, but also for additional downforce at speed - although exact numbers weren't offered.

"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," Nissan's Hideaki Watanabe said.

Nissan has yet to confirm if it will offer a Nismo package to Leaf buyers, but for now, the local focus is on Nissan Australia's planned Leaf debut in 2012.

The brand's Australian arm has already installed a pair of charging station at its Victorian headquarters, and a number of Leafs are already part of the state government's pilot EV programme.


About the Leaf

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Powered by a lithium-ion battery park - the power source of choice for most electric vehicles - the Leaf is expected to offer performance on par with most entry-level small cars.

The battery pack provides an output of up to 90kW, with the electric motor generating 80kW and 280Nm of torque.

The Leaf lists a driving range of around 160km per charge - perfect for urban driving, which Nissan says accounts for 70 percent of the world's driving.

A full charge will take around 8 hours, however, the Leaf will be able to regain up to 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes.

The design of the Leaf's body contributes to the EV's efficiency, including split headlight lens covers that redirect airflow away from the door mirrors to cut wind noise and drag.

The Leaf also offers an in-car computer called EV-IT, connected to a global data centre. EV-IT provides 24 hour, seven day support and displays vital data such as a Maximum Range display and updates on the location and status of charging points.


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