nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
  • nissan leaf nismo performance package
Nissan has sold tens of thousands of Leaf EVs around the world, but at least for the moment, only buyers in Japan will get to trick their electric vehicles out with the company's new Nismo Performance Package. The NPP's various modules will improve the aerodynamics, driving performance and even the energy efficiency of your Leaf, thanks to technology built up in Nissan's Nismo motorsports division.

The visual and aero changes include lightweight LMX6 aluminum wheels for around $450 each, as well as an add-on rear spoiler, front and rear bumpers and side skirts in the Aero Package (about $5,500 in fiberglass or $7,700 in wet carbon fiber). In addition, the $1,100 sports suspension kit incorporates reworked dampers and springs to improve handling while delivering a ride height that's lower by 30 millimeters.

The most interesting change, though, is the Sports Reset feature for roughly $1,400 US, which tunes the vehicle control module to both improve the driving characteristics that make it "possible to enjoy sports driving more" (according to Google Translate) and increase range. There are no official details on how many more miles can be tweaked out of the pack, but if any of these changes come to the US, this one would likely be the easiest to get people to sign up for.

For more JDM Leaf enhancements and pricing in yen, check out the translated Nismo release here.


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      Winnie Jenkems
      • 2 Years Ago
      @ m_2012: you just nailed it. The Tesla sells (and sells well) at luxury car prices because it LOOKS like a proper luxury car, with the performance to back it up. I think the general public would be far more accepting of EVs if automakers actually put some effort into making them look good, you know, like a normal car (and not an insect or dorky spaceship).
      tinted up
      • 2 Years Ago
      Charming character and nice clothes pick up women for me. Then my car seals the deal once I've got them on my arm ;) The car doesn't do the picking up, that is for SURE
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      HAHAHAHAHHAHA! No. Just no.
        CoolWaters
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Troll somewhere else, especially if you've got not one idea to add to the discussion.
      m_2012
      • 2 Years Ago
      $12,000 for wheels, ground effects, springs, and a calibration. Whoa! Holy Mega Fail!! $40K for this, no thanks.
      Eric
      • 2 Years Ago
      The word sport is overused in cars today!!! Not only will these additional add-ons not give you a sportier/sporty car, but the car was not designed for this in the 1st place. You want something really sporty? Get yourself a Camaro 1LE, an M3, mustang boss 302, etc.
        karlInSanDiego
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Eric
        you don't think firmer ride & lowered won't improve handling? Do you lease your cars? Nismo was asked to tune the car, and this is the first step. I agree adding this stuff to an Explorer or Escalade would be stupid, but have you driven a Leaf? It's a boring ride with potential for improvement, just like a manufacturer tunes a Focus to an ST, a Golf to a GTI, or a MINI Cooper to an S or JCW. You you think a Leaf will only ever be an appliance, you have no vision.
      Rochester
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks pretty interesting. And slow cars can still be fun... ask anyone who owns a BRZ, or a Miata. But at the end of the day, adding all that cost to a subcompact runs counter to its intent, so... no. It's a dumb idea putting the NISMO label on a Leaf.
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rochester
        I would not say a BRZ or Miata are slow cars. They are just not as fast as they can be. And did test drive the BRZ, it's plenty fast, just not really exciting acceleration wise.
          Rochester
          • 2 Years Ago
          @thequebecerinfrance
          Fast & Slow are subjective opinions, that's true. Although I'm pretty sure "Faster than a Nissan Leaf" is not a persuasive argument.
        Gribble
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rochester
        While not exactly fast, both the BRZ and Miata are peppy. Both are significantly more powerful than the Leaf, and will achieve 60 MPH more than 2 seconds quicker. Both weigh significantly less than the leaf (in the neighborhood of 800 lbs. less). Both are RWD. Both are specifically designed around dynamic handling. Making a NISMO package for the leaf is like making an offroad package for a Corvette (and then charging a third the price of the car for said package).
          Gribble
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gribble
          Forgot to mention, at $28k, the Leaf is priced out of the subcompact market before you even touch the options list. The leaf is designed for ONE purpose, to be electric.
      karlInSanDiego
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe we're seeing the beginning of the horsepower wars that will happen all over again in the BEV arena. It's clear you make a compromise between all out acceleration and maximum efficiency/range. In the ICE world, that resulted in a giant swing into 400 hp touring sedans that got 15-18 mpg (http://www.fuelly.com/car/bmw/m5) and an almost unspeakable resurgence of musclecars in a down economy with record gas prices. It's clear to me that where the 500e (and Zero S motorcycle) are biased for easy control, low tire wear, and maximum efficiency, the Spark EV engineers got a different memo. Not that their car won't do a great economy cycle, but it is much faster to 60, likely making it the more fun choice during a magazine review or a test drive. As a sports car fan, I'd definitely appreciate the ability to brush off an Abarth with a 500e, even if I have to let him go after that if I want to make it home.
        oRenj9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @karlInSanDiego
        Additionally, since overall power and battery capacity are related in EVs, it is very likely that we will see horsepower wars continue as a side-effect of battery improvements.
        oRenj9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @karlInSanDiego
        Electric cars don't have the same power/efficiency compromise that plagues ICE cars. So getting the 300kW version over the 150kW version won't be at the expense of efficiency as it is with I4 v. V6 engines.
          BraveLil'Toaster
          • 2 Years Ago
          @oRenj9
          Oh, this. People are used to the paradigm of "more power=less efficiency". This is So Not True in electric vehicles. You plop a larger motor into an EV, all other things considered, and you get equal or *better* efficiency. At least, if you're holding back from ramming the go pedal into the floor, which can be awfully tempting.
      Scooter
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a Leaf I might actually want to buy.
      Devin Baker
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait. $7,700 for an aero package for an EV? That has to be a typo.
        oRenj9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Devin Baker
        You gotta spend that tax credit on something.
      GR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it me or does every single EV other than the Tesla seem rather lame? Even when they do this "performance packaging".
        Mercennarius
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GR
        Thats because every other EV is about 1/4 of the price of a Tesla....
          CarNutMike
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mercennarius
          @m_2012: This. Until another automaker dedicates a platform to an EV, it's Tesla's market. And more accurately, a 60kWh Tesla Model S (208 mile EPA range) is 2.5X the price of a stripper Leaf (75 mile EPA range).
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about better looks?
      • 2 Years Ago
      very good car
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