In just a few days the Nissan LEAF Nismo goes go on sale in Japan.

Nissan says the Nismo combines the excitement and advanced technologies of the world’s best-selling electric car with the sporty image and performance of the Nismo road car series.

It’s chipped to deliver for more responsive acceleration, with custom tyres and suspension for improved ride and handling.

What it doesn’t offer is anymore power.

However the Nismo version does boast 18-inch sticky rubber and custom suspension system that provide a comfortable ride and stable handling.

Its custom-tuned electric power steering and Intelligent Trace Control (cornering stabilisation system) provide high stability and lane-tracing abilities.

The custom tuning computer in the Nismo allows for “a delicate but strong acceleration response,” says Nissan. “This results in comfortable driving on both city streets and winding roads.”

The new Nissan LEAF is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.

It has won several awards for its cutting-edge technology and zero-emission performance.

The LEAF won the “2018 World Green Car” award at the New York International Auto Show and has received five-star safety ratings from both the Japan New Car Assessment Program and the European New Car Assessment Program.

Nissan aims to sell 1 million electrified vehicles a year, including the new Nissan LEAF — by 2022.

Nissan’s motorsports and in-house tuning division, launched its road car series with the Nissan Juke Nismo in 2013.

It has since added the Nissan March Nismo, Nissan Note Nismo, Nissan 370Z Nismo, Nissan GT-R Nismo and Nissan Serena Nismo.

Oh, yes. We should mention Nissan has no plans to sell the car outside of Japan.


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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.