Auto Express has confirmed that Nissan is planning a slew of performance models under the Nismo wing, including a number of high-performance RS variants.

Nissan executive VP of product planning Andy Palmer told the UK magazine that the Nismo brand should be considered "an affordable alternative to Mercedes' AMG division," and continued, "Nismo versions will get a power hike of 15 percent, but the focus will be on distinctive styling." The Nismo Juke will be the first of these models to arrive early next year. It will boast a unique body kit, as well as 18-inch wheels and bright red side view mirrors. Underhood, the 1.6-liter mill will be massaged to produce 215 horsepower – an increase of 28 hp.

According to Palmer, "We'll also tune the suspension and steering, so customers can get more out of the power they have."

Next to get the Nismo treatment is the all-electric Nissan Leaf. Originally shown at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, it will feature blue accents instead of the red found on other Nismo models. Power will jump to 125 from the standard 110 horsepower.

2013 will also see the introduction of a Nismo variant of the GT-R, as well as the latest version of the Nismo Z, which is already sold here in the U.S.

If you have the insatiable need for speed, Nissan will be unleashing an RS range of models, boasting track-focused performance. Palmer indicated that there would be a Juke RS making 270 horsepower. It was also noted that there would be RS versions of the GT-R and 370Z. We can't wait to see this onslaught of performance that Nissan has in store for the next year or two. We'll keep you updated on how these models progress.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish they would put that 1.6 powerplant into something lower a sleeker.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think a NISMO Sentra is pretty likely, probably sharing the drivetrain with the NISMO Juke. In terms of the Altima, I think a NISMO version could be pretty impressive. Despite the hate, the CVT puts power to the ground pretty efficiently, going 0-60 in 5.7s in the 2013 SL V6. That currently (US) makes it quicker than every FWD Chevy, every FWD Toyota, every FWD Chrysler, every Honda, every Buick, etc. Quicker than the V6 versions of the Mustang, Genesis, Camaro and Challenger. It is only a few tenths behind the SHO and 3.6l ATS. Using that Altima as a starting point, then adding 15% more power, in a lightweight chassis with a stiffer suspension, and it could be a pretty impressive performer.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I fully beleive they are missing the point. While yes the Juke unto itself is a quirky lil car in which a increase in power would be nice, buuuuut I think a lot of us wouldnt mind a 370Z Nismo RS variant. Also wouldnt mind a Maxima and a Altima Nismo versions first before a Leaf (I'd think a lot of us would like to see the Leaf's range be extended first before power yanno?). Also do they not remember the good ol'days when the Sentra had a SE-R version? Yeah imagine a restyled Sentra and later a Nismo RS version? I know right awesome. Shame they seem intent on making the Sentra bland as hell.
      • 2 Years Ago
      i doubt there will be a nismo altima i think they would use the maxima which is 10hp away from 300
      • 2 Years Ago
      Last week there was 'speculation' that Ghosn would discontinue the GT-R if it wasnt making enough $, and this week it is confirmed that there will be a NISMO and an RS? This is more believable. Nissan will continue developing the flagship.
      • 2 Years Ago
      All I want is a AWD 6-Speed Juke...
        • 2 Years Ago
        Do you want red side mirrors to go with that?
      • 2 Years Ago
      240 revival!
      • 2 Years Ago
      "the Nismo brand should be considered "an affordable alternative to Mercedes' AMG division,"" That's logical, following the popular notion that the Versa is an affordable alternative to the C-class.
      Ron McCord
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Juke is a solid and unique car in a world of boring boxes and copycat shapes. If you want a small, attractive hatch with good power their are not allot of options. So the upgraded hp and performance will bring more people in to take a look at this car themselves. Once you drive it you will have a smile on your face. They are selling well and I am happy for that since Nissan is the only car company taking chances with their styling. Too bad they won't bring back the small pickup truck, will have to rely of chrysler for that
      • 2 Years Ago
      Doesn't matter what they do to increase the performance, it'll always be a hideous beast.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nismo? Maybe they should try and sell some base models first. Better yet just kill this abonimation now.
      Alfonso Martinez
      • 2 Years Ago
      The juke is so ugly in my opinion!!
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