The newest member of Nismo's expanding family of performance-tuned Nissans has been revealed in Japan, with the Note small hatchback getting a Nismo makeover to its engine, suspension and aerodynamics.
The Note, which exists in a size class somewhere between the Micra and Pulsar hatch, has been equipped by Nismo with an uprated engine, five-speed manual transmission, unique alloy wheels, re-calibrated suspension settings and a racy aero kit.
But Nismo doesn't say exactly what's been changed, by how much, or even which engine is under the bonnet (in Japan, either a 1.2 litre naturally-aspirated three-cylinder or a 1.2 litre supercharged three are available).
However, the five-speed manual is a unique feature for the Japanese-market Note, which is currently only offered with a CVT gearbox.
Two models will be offered in Japan, the base Nismo Note, and the higher-featured Nismo Note S.
Specification details are still under wraps until the little hot-box goes on sale later this year, but the Nismo Note S will get sports bucket seats as standard and have the option of figure-hugging Recaro racing seats.
For the near-term, the Nismo Note will be confined to the Japanese market - despite the regular Note being sold across Europe, Latin America and Hong Kong.
Currently, Nismo's portfolio of factory-tuned Nissans includes the Juke, 370Z, GT-R and Micra. A hot version of the Pulsar has also been raised as a possibility, but as yet a local expansion for the Nismo brand has yet to be locked in.
Speaking to TMR earlier this year, a Nissan spokesperson had this to say:
“Nissan Australia is closely assessing the potential introduction of NISMO into the Australian market."
“Both Nissan Australia and NISMO are keen to make this happen, but at this stage there are no confirmed plans and, therefore, no confirmed timeframes for officially introducing NISMO to Australia.”
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