Jay Leno may not be spending his night behind the Tonight Show desk anymore, but he's clearly not done rolling precious metal into his garage, intent on putting it through its paces after a thorough investigation. The latest machine to meet Jay on his home turf is the Nissan IDx Nismo Concept that we first saw at the Tokyo Motor Show late last year.

Leno already has love for the classic Datsun 510, which plays a cameo in the video that you'll see below, and he refers to the IDx as the spiritual successor to that car's ethos – driving fun in an affordable package. Fortunately for us, while the IDx is a showcar first and foremost, it is indeed driveable, and Leno, naturally, takes his turn behind the wheel.

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      Scott
      • 9 Months Ago
      I really hope this becomes a competitive segment with the BRZ/FT-86 and other players. Reasonably sized, affordable, RWD.
        barkeep
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Scott
        It would be suicide if Nissan isn't going to go through and build this. The IDx Nismo is definitely the best looking and design that they have ever come up with out of all of their vehicles in their lineup. RWD, 6-speed manual, around 220-240 HP, lots of torque... this can be the spiritual successor to the Nissan 240SX, and the Datsun 510. If they build this, and they really should, then this car can eat up the Toyobaru for breakfast, 1000x over.
      RG1527
      • 9 Months Ago
      I love this and the Freeflow concept car. I would buy one of these in a heartbeat.
      Phontsolo
      • 9 Months Ago
      Love the profile on this thing. Unique.
      trill.trill
      • 9 Months Ago
      I really like this concept. Nissan, please give it enough motor to be comparable to the GTI, Focus ST, WRX, and 228i. Don't give it 200bhp and then sell it as a pure driving experience. That's been tried before. Also, make the trunk lid and rear glass one piece (you don't even have to call it a hatch), so I can get a bike in it.
      carnut0913
      • 9 Months Ago
      We'll havetowait on the 'affordable' but I like it
      WhoMeWhere
      • 9 Months Ago
      I would buy, but it would have to be based on the NISMO concept and not the freeflow. The freeflow softens the look in all the wrong ways for me. It is not bad looking but I like the NISMO's sharper lines and aggression more. I also love how Jay calls out Nissan for forgetting to make exciting cars
      RA
      • 9 Months Ago
      seriously a BEAST concept.
      Tony Akinremi
      • 9 Months Ago
      I would love this vehicle if it came with the promise of having changeable body parts. I agree that would make this more a modern Pulsar than a 510.
      lazybeans
      • 9 Months Ago
      I like this.
      Lachmund
      • 9 Months Ago
      Build it...I'll buy it!
      Christopher C.
      • 9 Months Ago
      If the styling were more cohesive and less (Juke-esque) showy, I would buy one in a heartbeat. My father's 510 had decent enough power and was extremely nimble, even on the stock tires. It looked good too, in that understated BMW 2002 sort of way. Make it a two liter rear driver, and make sure it has a good manual tranny... autoboxes may have come a long way, but to me they'll always be Wimp Shifts.
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 9 Months Ago
      I really the stock concept better the beige one, a rear wheel drive 2.0 N/A with about 225 hp and 200 lbs of torque, slick shifting 6 manual 17" tires for about 25k, Nissan would have a winner. Because the NISMO version is gone to run you about 35 large at least. The NISMO parts should be a la crate instead of having too buy the whole package.
        wafflesnfalafel
        • 9 Months Ago
        @HUMANMPC2000
        or even just a slightly hotter updated, direct injection version of their 2.5.
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