High performance Nissans coming soon

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Published: 30th October 2012
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Nissan has announced new versions of some its favourite models in 2013 that look set to pack a real punch for those who love higher performance cars. Under its Nismo branch the company is launching cars that have been designed to look sleek and perform better. Amongst these will be high-performance RS variants that should really keep those with a love for speed and a passion for power happy.

New car dealers UK UK forecourts will be graced with the latest cars from early next year and according to Andy Palmer, executive VP of product planning at Nissan, the Nismo brand is designed to be "an affordable alternative to Mercedes' AMG division." From initial sightings at car shows and expos Nissan may not be setting their sights too high.

Nismo is abbreviated from Nissan Motorsport International Limited and represents the motorsports and performance division of Nissan. The division was created in 1984 from the merging of two previously distinct motorsport departments. Nissan Nismo cars have been showcased at many motorsport venues and competitions including the JSPC, Formula Nippon, JTCC, 24 Hours of Le Mans and 24 Hours of Daytona. They can currently be seen in both the Super GT and FIA GT Championship.

The new Nismo versions on sale to the public have all been precision engineered to deliver a power boost of 15 percent and the design team have produced models whose trim and finish gives them a distinctive and stylish look.

The first Nismo variant to arrive early next year will be a souped-up Nismo Juke. The production-ready Nissan Juke Nismo has already made its debut at the recent Paris Motor Show and created a great deal of interest with its turbo charged 215 horsepower engine, 19 inch alloy wheels and sleek trimmings.

The classic Juke body kit is transformed through a unique redesign that is to be complemented by 18-inch wheels and eye-catching red side view mirrors. Underneath the sleek body will be a 1.6-litre engine that can produce 215 horsepower. This increase in power represents an increase of 28 horsepower from the traditional Juke engine. The latest reports from test drives is that tweaks to the Juke’s suspension and fine-tuning to its steering has enabled the car to give drivers much better control and access to fully enjoy the extra power that the engine can now deliver.

The award winning green car from Nissan is the all-electric Leaf and it too has received a Nismo makeover that will be available in 2013.
The Nissan Leaf Nismo will still produces no tailpipe pollution or greenhouse gas emissions when it is driven but its electric engine and body has been carefully redesigned for a sportier sporty look and extra power. The Nismo styling on the Leaf is achieved using hints and tints of a cool blue – as opposed to the hot reds that are being used on other models – and its engine now offers 125 horsepower compared to the standard Leaf’s 110.

Later in 2013 there is also pencilled in to be a stylized Nismo variant of the GT-R and the latest version of the Nismo Z will be making its way across from the States where it has already met with considerable praise.

Accompanying the Nismo launches in 2013 Nissan has also promised to deliver the long-awaited RS range which will also appeal to those who like their cars faster and more powerful. Whilst it is clear that the RS launches are specifically aimed at those looking for cars that can give track-focused performance the precise details of the models to be given this overhaul remain unclear at the present. It seems likely that the Nissan Juke will be one model and industry rumours – fuelled no doubt from the marketing team inside Nissan itself - suggest that a Juke RS could make 270 horsepower which would be an incredible increase of 44% on the standard Juke. Other likely candidates for an RS makeover next year would be the GT-R and 370Z.

It looks like new car dealers London head offices will be clearing space on their forecourts for what promises to be a range of exciting new variants heading for the UK market. 2013 may well be Nissan’s year of power.

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